Don Diablo

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Don Diablo
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Don Diablo at Bitter 'n Zoet 2013
Background information
Also known as Origin Unknown, 2 Faced
Born (1980-02-27) 27 February 1980 (age 36)
Origin Coevorden, Netherlands
Genres Electro house, progressive house, house, future house
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, DJ, singer-songwriter
Years active 1997–present
Labels Protocol Recordings, Revealed, Axtone Records, Spinnin' Records, Hexagon Records, Size Records
Associated acts Hardwell, 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, Yves V, Steve Aoki

Don Pepijn Schipper (born February 27, 1980), better 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. He is currently ranked No.15 in DJ Magazine's Top 100 DJs.


Don Pepijn Schipper was born in Coevorden, Netherlands on February 27, 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 Canada, 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, Chasing Summer, Innercity, Northern Lights, 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 Bastille, Birdy, 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 six of Don's releases on 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, and toured UK with Nicky Romero. He 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 began premiering 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.

In October 2014, Don Diablo made his debut on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list at #82.


In October 2015, Don was awarded with DJ Magazine's "highest climber of the year" prize, jumping 52 places to #30 on the Top 100 DJs list for 2015.

Don then launched his "HEXAGON" record label. The first release, a remix of Alex Adair's "You Make Me Feel Better" held the no. 1 position on Beatport for almost two weeks and the label was awarded "best new label of the year".

Don's firm radio support in tastemaker countries like the U.K. and the U.S.A. introduced the Dutchman to a wider audience this year. His own HEXAGON radio show is currently aired in over 35 countries and holds a solid top 10 position in the iTunes podcast section every week, thus reaching millions of people across the planet.

Warner Brothers asked Don to create the worldwide theme song for the highly anticipated “Batman Arkham Origins” game. The track and the accompanying video became an instant viral hit racking up millions of YouTube plays and global hype.

In 2015 Don Diablo collaborated with fellow Dutch DJ Tiesto on the track Chemicals featuring vocals from Thomas Troelsen. The track certified Gold in Sweden.


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.


2010 -


2011 -


Animale (feat. Dragonette)

2012 -

Light Out EP

2013 -

M1 Stinger (feat. Noonie Bao)

Starlight (Could You Be Mine)


2014 -

Got Me Thinkin'

Black Mask

Knight Time


Back In Time

Back To Life


2015 -

Chain Reaction (feat. Kris Kiss)

My Window (feat. Maluca)

Universe (feat. Emeni)

On My Mind

Chemicals - Don Diablo & Tiesto (feat. Thomas Troelsen)

Got the Love - Don Diablo & Khrebto

I'll House You (VIP Mix) Don Diablo feat. Jungle Brothers

2016 -


Silence (ft. Dave Thomas Jnr)

Drifter (ft.DYU)

What We Started - Don Diablo & Steve Aoki X Lush & Simon (feat Bully Songs)

Cutting Shapes - Don Diablo

Awards and nominations[edit]


Year Event Award Credit Result
2007 TMF Awards 2007[5] 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)
2012 3FM Awards 2012 Best Artist Dance Nomination alongside
Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Afrojack)
2016 EMPO Awards Producer of the Year Won
2016 EMPO Awards Best Future House DJ Won


  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. ^ "Home — dance4life". Retrieved 2016-06-01. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on July 10, 2009. Retrieved August 5, 2008. 

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