Though they've constructed the persona of Major Lazer, a Jamaican commando who lost his arm in the "secret Zombie War of 1984" and had his limb reconstructed with experimental lasers, Major Lazer is really just a moniker for American producer/DJs Diplo and Switch. The two have been among the most influential figures in modern club music, with Diplo proving to be one of the 2000s' most important tastemakers and Switch establishing himself as a leading figure in fidget house and as a producer for Santigold, NIN and Dilla, among others. The Major Lazer project, which uses dancehall as its backbone, is a result of the duo's time spent in Jamaica. Their debut album, Guns Don't Kill People ... Lazers Do, dropped in the summer of 2009. The two have stated that this is not a one-off, and they intend to continue working under the Major Lazer moniker.