Major Lazer’s Ape Drums today returns with new single “Mek Money” alongside its music video shot on-location in Ochos Rios, Jamaica. Featuring Miami-via-Jamaica DJ/producer Silent Addy and vox by Jamaican artist Projexx, “Mek Money” sees Ape Drums deliver a subtly trap-infused dancehall banger that shows just why Ape has continued to be heralded as an innovator in both the dancehall and dance/electronic music spaces as he gears up for his new EP due out this spring via Mad Decent.
Watch the Music Video HERE
“Addy and I have been trying to make a record that represents all of what we do and what we believe in musically,” Ape Drums says. “‘Mek Money’ does that perfectly, especially with Projexx. Him being from Jamaica, it was only right we shot the music video there. We directed and shot the whole thing ourselves and we’re super proud of how it came out. The idea was to have it be half recap of the trip & half music video, and I hope everyone will enjoy.“
Eric Alberto-Lopez, better known to the world as Ape Drums, is a Houston-born, Miami-based producer, DJ, and musician. Ape’s signature sound mixing Caribbean and Latin inspired riddims with big room and pop sensibilities has led him to be one of the most in demand DJs on the festival scene, regularly traveling the world to perform for hundreds of thousands of fans as a solo artist, and a member of the chart topping group Major Lazer with his bandmates Diplo and Walshy Fire.
Ape Drums has collaborated with underground hip hop stars Lil Uzi Vert and Denzel Curry, and as a remixer he has turned in huge mixes of pop mega-stars and buzzing artists alike. Since joining Major Lazer in 2019, Ape has contributed to the group’s massive hit records featuring artists including J Balvin, Anitta, Nicki Minaj, Mr Eazi, and the group’s fourth studio album Music Is The Weapon released in October 2020.
Ape Drums’ first single, “Bashment” took the dance world by storm in 2014 with it’s unique fusion of electronic and dancehall sounds. The track set a course not just for Ape Drums but for the genre as a whole, cementing Ape Drums as an innovator in the electronic music scene. By the time legendary filmmaker Spike Jonze selected Ape Drums’ song “Mutant Brain” to be featured in his worldwide Kenzo campaign in 2016, it was apparent that the Ape Drums sound was not only taking over the dance genre, but steadily making its way to the forefront of popular music as the song hit the #2 spot on the Spotify Global Viral chart. Following the worldwide success of “Mutant Brain,” Ape re-asserted himself in the dance world with a pair of massive club cuts released on heavyweight labels Mad Decent and Spinnin’ Records. Next came Las Vegas residencies, worldwide touring, and more music. By 2019, Ape was behind the decks on the main stage at Governor’s Ball in NYC, being introduced as the newest member of Major Lazer.