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Major Lazer's Walshy Fire Advises "Dress for the Mess" at Mad Decent Block Party

Florida has been getting a bad rap lately. And though it may seem at times like we're a lost cause, that assessment isn't entirely fair. We're actually a global cultural force that spawned Major Lazer, one of dance music's most inspiring and original outfits. Members Diplo and Walshy Fire are home-grown goods, the latter coming straight from Miami-Dade County. Along with their buddy Jillionaire, these guys travel the world bringing Caribbean-style beats, peace, and love to the masses.

And of course, their favorite thing to do is to bring that lovin' right back to the place where it all started.

Major Lazer played both weekends of Ultra Music Festival in March, and for Miami's Walshy Fire, it was a new high. National media outlets helped spur interest in the group's highly entertaining live show, reminding partiers that Walshy -- born Leighton Paul Walsh in Kingston -- was one of the only Miami-raised performers at the fest.

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Kat Bein is a freelance writer and has been described as this publication’s "senior millennial correspondent." She has an impressive, if unhealthy, knowledge of all things pop culture.