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.
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.
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. 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. The music video, directed by Kyle Padilla, was published on February 7, 2014, around seven months after its release.
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.
In October 2014, Don Diablo made a new entry at #82 in DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs.
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.
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.
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