Don Diablo

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Don Diablo
Don Diablo bitternzoet.jpg
Don Diablo during Bitter 'n Zoet 2013
Background information
Also known as Origin Unknown, 2 Faced
Born (1980-02-27) 27 February 1980 (age 34)
Origin Coevorden, Netherlands
Genres Electro house, progressive house, House
Occupations Musician, producer, DJ, singer-songwriter
Years active 1997–present
Labels Sellout Sessions, Sony Music Entertainment, Columbia Records, Universal Records, Mad Decent, Protocol Recordings, Axtone Records, Spinnin' Records
Associated acts Bizzey, Public Enemy, Viva City, Example, Dragonette, Sidney Samson, Diplo, Noisia, Takura, Angela Hunte, Noonie Bao, Matt Nash, Alex Clare, Kelis, CID, Nicky Romero, Sway
Website www.dondiablo.com

Don Pepijn Schipper (born 27 February 1980), also known as Don Diablo, is a Dutch DJ and producer of electronic dance music. He is known for his eclectic style of production and vocalizing in most of his songs.

Biography[edit]

Don Pepijn Schipper was born in Coevorden, Netherlands in February 27, 1980. He started early with music signing his first record deal at age fifteen. At the end of 2005, Don Diablo founded his own record label and event brand, Sellout Sessions, raising his profile in his native country, the Netherlands. Success followed soon after with underground hits like "Blow", "Who's Your Daddy", "Pain Is Temporary, "Pride Is Forever", "Hooligans" and "Animale". "Blow" was the first single to create a big buzz on international club scenes getting licensed to over ten countries. He also completed his studies obtaining a Bachelor's degree in journalism.

Don Diablo's hectic tour schedule has taken him to UK, USA, Australia, Japan, Brazil, Israel, and playing at clubs and festivals like "Passion" club in London as resident DJ in 2002, to Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher, Dancevalley, Godskitchen, Impulz, Mysteryland, Creamfields, Haoman 17, Turnmills, Innercity, Extrema Outdoorn, ElectroNation and Razzmatazz and Space (Ibiza) to name a few. Enjoying great diversity, he has produced for diverse number of artists such as Kelis, Alex Clare, Diplo, Example, Dragonette and Noisia. Other artists include Rox, Sidney Samson, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and remixes for Tinie Tempah, Mika, The Chemical Brothers, Cassius, Gorillaz, Public Enemy, Iggy Pop, Plump DJs. Don Diablo has been very active in the blog scene. According to North American music blog aggregator The Hype Machine, he was named "Most Blogged Artist" in the world several times which brought publicity to the producer.

Don Diablo discovered and licensed the UK top 3 chart hit "Exceeder" by Mason. The record was originally signed to Middle of the Road, a record label set up by Don Diablo and well-known Amsterdam-based club promoter Roy Avni (Electro Nation).

In 2013 Diablo released his new songs on labels such as Axwell's Axtone, Nicky Romero's Protocol Recordings, Steve Angello's Size X imprint and several tracks on the Spinnin' Records label. Warner Brothers had also asked Don to create the official theme song for the 2013 video game Batman: Arkham Origins.[1]

His club anthem "Starlight (Could You Be Mine)" with UK DJ/producer Matt Nash was debuted during the last Swedish House Mafia concert, after Axwell signed it to his label.[2] The song became a Beatport Top 5 hit after gaining support from various major artists, such as Tiësto, Avicii, Martin Solveig and Tommy Trash. This led to several of his other releases reaching the Beatport Top 10.[citation needed] The music video, directed by Kyle Padilla, was published on February 7, 2014, around seven months after its release.[3]

During the year, Pete Tong debuted on six of Don's releases in his BBC Radio 1 show. He had residency at Las Vegas' night club "Light", played the Departures Ibiza closing party alongside Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso, toured UK with Nicky Romero, a and had a sold out solo tour in Asia and the USA, closing it with a gig in New York City on Pier94 with Alesso.

In 2014, Don is premiering with his brand new visual concept "The Hexagon" with Los Angeles-based visual company "VSquared Labs", the creative brains behind the visual shows of Amon Tobin and Skrillex.

He has now moved from Netherlands to London to work on his album due for release later this year.

Charity[edit]

Don Diablo was the first ambassador for Dance4Life, an international UN-supported action campaign to fight back against HIV and AIDS. Don travelled to South Africa to visit several Dance4Life affiliated projects in Johannesburg and Cape Town. MTV Networks shot an intense documentary of Don’s visit to these projects.[4]

In July 2014, Don partnered with EDM lifestyle brand Electric Family to produce a collaboration bracelet for which 100% of the proceeds are donated to Fuck Cancer.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Record label Peak position
NED
[5]
2004 2 Faced ID&T
2008 Life Is A Festival SONY BMG 37

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album Record label Peak position
NED
[5]
2002 M8 Worldwide Volume Nine - Storming[a] M8 Magazine
2005 Sellout Sessions 01 Sellout Sessions
2008 Sellout Sessions 02 Sellout Sessions
2009 Sellout Sessions 3 Sony Music 28
2009 Drive-By Disco[b] DJ Magazine
  1. ^ Given away free with the November 2002 issue of M8 Magazine
  2. ^ Free covermount CD from DJ Magazine April 2009 Issue 472

Remix albums[edit]

Year Title Label
2007 The Face Of A New Generation Sellout Sessions

Singles and EPs[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Year Title Peak position Album Label
NED
Single Top 100
[5]
NED
Dutch Top 40
Tipparade
BEL
Ultratop
(Vl)
2002 "Cloud No. 9" / "Acceleration"
Non-album single ID&T
2003 "Anarchy"
"Useless"
36
2Faced
2004 "Fade Away (Round & Round)"
98
"The Music And The People"
(Divided featuring Don Diablo)
98
Non-album single Extrema
2005 "Easy Lover"
(Don Diablo presents Divided)
45
14
Spinnin'
"Blow"[a]
(featuring The Beatkidz)
26
Sellout Sessions 01 Sellout Sessions
2006 "Never Too Late (To Die)"
46
Non-album single[b]
"I Need To Know"[c]
(featuring Shystie)
74
Life Is A Festival
"Who's Your Daddy"
25
10
2007 "Stand Up"
61
"Pain Is Temporary, Pride Is Forever"
42
"This Way (Too Many Times)"
(featuring Bizzey)
28
5
2008 "Give It Up"
(Public Enemy vs. Don Diablo)
Non-album single Ultra
Dancefloor Drama #001
Sellout Sessions 02[d] Sellout Sessions
"We'll Dance"
(Moke vs. Don Diablo)
Non-album single Sony BMG
"Music Is My Life"
(featuring Bizzey)
Life Is A Festival Sellout Sessions
"Hooligans Never Surrender"
"Life Is A Festival"
82
2009 "Streets Of Fire" (Remixes)
(with Grand Jackson)
Dancefloor Drama #001
"Black Heat" (Remixes)
"Audio Endlessly"
(Viva City vs. Don Diablo)
Sellout Sessions 02
"Too Cool For School"
Sellout Sessions 3
"Disco Disco Disco"
"Hooligans"
(with Example)
Non-album single /
Won't Go Quietly
Data
"Never Too Late"
Life Is A Festival Sellout Sessions
"I Am Not From France"
2010 "Teen Scream Machine"
Sellout Sessions 3
Monster E.P.
(with Sidney Samson)
"Who's Your Daddy"[e]
Non-album single
"Animale"
(featuring Dragonette)
33
52[f]
Ego Music
"Make You Pop"
(with Diplo)
Sellout Sessions
2011 "Mezelluf"
Sony Music
2012 "Make You Pop"
(Reprise) (with Diplo)
Mad Decent
"Silent Shadows"
Columbia
"Lights Out Hit"
(featuring Angela Hunte)
Lights Out EP
"The Golden Years"
"Cell"
(Soundtrack Bellicher: Cel)
Non-album single Sony Music
"The Artist Inside"
(featuring JP Cooper)
26
"M1 Stinger"
(featuring Noonie Bao)
M1 Stinger EP Columbia
2013 "Give It All"
(featuring Alex Clare & Kelis)
Non-album single
"Give It All"
(Don Diablo & CID Remix)
Protocol
"Starlight (Could You Be Mine)"
(with Matt Nash) (Vocals by Noonie Bao)
Axtone
"Starlight (Could You Be Mine)"
(Otto Knows Remix) (with Matt Nash)
3
"Prototype"
(with CID)
Protocol
"Edge of the Earth"
(Theme from The New Wilderness)
19
Spinnin'
"Origins"
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
  1. ^ Re-released in 2007 (digitally in 08 February 2011) through Gusto Records without crediting The Beatkidz
  2. ^ The reworked and renamed version released as the 2009 single was included in Life Is A Festival
  3. ^ Single includes B-side track "Sudderen (Dubbel Dik)" (with Kubus featuring Extince), which has not charted nor is included in the album
  4. ^ Two of the tracks from the single/EP, the A-side track "Streets of Fire" (with Grand Jackson) and the bonus track "The Truth Is No Good To Me", appear on the compilation album
  5. ^ Rework of the 2006 song of the same name; released along with 2 remix packages
  6. ^ Did not appear in the official Belgian Ultratop 50 charts, but rather in the bubbling under Ultratip charts. Equivalent position reached by adding 50 positions to the actual appearance as number 2 in the Ultratip chart.

2014 = Knight Time (SPRS) 2014 = AnyTime (SPRS) 2014 = Back In Time (SPRS)

Soundtracks / Theme Songs[edit]

  • 2012: "Cell" (Soundtrack Bellicher: Cel)
  • 2013: "Edge of the Earth" (Theme from The New Wilderness)
  • 2013: "Origins" (The official title track of Batman: Arkham Origins)

Remixes[edit]

Year Artist Title
2003 Sean Paul "Get Busy"
2003 Laidback Luke featuring MC Marxman "We Can Not Get Enough"
2004 Dance Valley "A Decade Of Dance"
2005 Voidd "Better Girl"
2005 MV featuring Hannah "Mr. Roboto"
2006 2 Faced "Rock Music"
2006 Coburn "We Interrupt This Program"
2006 Kraak & Smaak "Money In The Bag"
2007 Mason "You Make Me Wanna Dance"
2007 Imaginary Friends "Cheap Rocks"
2007 The Young Punx "Your Music Is Killing Me"
2007 Laidback Luke featuring MC Goodgrip "Rocking With The Best"
2007 Newton Faulkner "Dream Catch Me"
2007 Ron Carroll "Walking Down The Street"
2007 Public Enemy vs. Don Diablo "Give It Up"
2008 Kaseo "Kill The Radio"
2008 Tami Chynn featuring Akon "Frozen"
2009 Rudenko "Everybody"
2009 J-Cast "It's Just Begun Again"
2009 Kaz James featuring Macy Gray "Can't Hold Back"
2009 Tila Tequila "I Love U"
2009 Walter Meego "Girls"
2009 The BPA featuring Iggy Pop "He's Frank"
2009 Plump DJs "Beat Myself Up"
2009 Cagedbaby "Forced"
2009 Stereo MC's "Show Your Light"
2009 Dragonette "Fixin To Thrill"
2009 Little Man Tate "I Am Alive"
2009 Scanners "Salvation"
2009 Linus Loves "Prom Night"
2009 One eskimO "Givin' Up"
2009 Heads We Dance "When The Sirens Sound"
2009 Plushgun "A Crush To Pass The Time"
2009 Example "Girl Can't Dance"
2009 Frankmusik "Confusion Girl"
2009 Master Shortie "Dead End"
2009 Mika "We Are Golden"
2009 Viva City vs. Don Diablo "Audio Endlessly"
2010 Cassius "Youth, Speed, Trouble, Cigarettes"
2010 The Chemical Brothers "Swoon"
2010 Gorillaz "Superfast Jellyfish"
2010 Rox "I Don't Believe"
2010 Don Diablo & Diplo "Make You Pop"
2010 Pete Lawrie "All That We Keep"
2010 Don Diablo & Example "Hooligans"
2011 Don Diablo featuring Dragonette "Animale"
2011 Tinie Tempah featuring Wiz Khalifa "Till I'm Gone"
2012 The Other Tribe "Skirts"
2012 Labrinth "Express Yourself"
2013 Nicky Romero vs. Krewella "Legacy" (featuring Sway)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Nominations[edit]

Year Event Award Credit Result
2007 TMF Awards 2007[6] Best Music Video For "Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever" Nominated
2011 TMF Awards 2011 Best Music Video For "Animale" Nominated
3FM Awards 2011 Best Artist Dance Nomination alongside
Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Sander Kleinenberg)
Nominated
2012 3FM Awards 2012 Best Artist Dance Nomination alongside
Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Afrojack)
Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Don Diablo - Origins (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Spinnin' Records. Oct 18, 2013. 
  2. ^ Berecz, Aaron. "Don Diablo & Matt Nash - Starlight (Could You Be Mine)". DJ Mag Canada. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Don Diablo & Matt Nash - Starlight (Could You Be Mine) Official Video". Axtone. February 7, 2014. 
  4. ^ http://www.dance4life.com
  5. ^ a b c "Don Diablo discography". dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  6. ^ http://www.futuremusiccharts.nl/nlpop/2007/09/nominaties_tmf_.html

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