Don Pepijn Schipper (born 27 February 1980), better known as Don Diablo, is a Dutch DJ, record producer, musician, singer and songwriter of electronic dance music. He is known for his eclectic style of production and vocalizing in most of his songs. He was ranked 15th in the Top 100 DJs – 2016 list by DJ Magazine.He was also ranked the number one Future House Artist of the Year on Beatport in 2016.
Diablo was born Don Pepijn Schipper in Coevorden, Netherlands on 27 February 1980. He started early with music, signing his first record deal at age fifteen. At the end of 2005 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.
Diablo has played in Canada, the UK, the US, Australia, Japan, Brazil, and Israel. He has played at clubs and festivals including “Passion” club in London as resident DJ in 2002, Ministry of Sound, Gatecrasher, Dancevalley, Godskitchen, Impulz, Mysteryland, Creamfields, Haoman 17, Turnmills, Chasing Summer, Innercity, Northern Lights, Extrema Outdoorn, ElectroNation and Razzmatazz and Space in Ibiza. He has produced for a diverse range of artists including Kelis, Alex Clare, Diplo, Example, Dragonette, Noisia, Rox, Sidney Samson, Ou Est Le Swimming Pooland remixed for Bastille, Birdy, Tinie Tempah, Mika, The Chemical Brothers, Cassius, Gorillaz, Public Enemy, Iggy Pop, Plump DJs. According to North American music blog aggregator The Hype Machine, he was named “Most Blogged Artist” in the world several times.
In 2004, he launched his separate music project called Divided. The project had two hits “The Music, the People” credited to Divided featuring Diablo in 2004, followed by “Easy Lover” in 2005, credited to Diablo presents Divided, a dance remake of the joint hit of Philip Bailey and Phil Collins in 1985, Divided remake coming after twenty years of the release of the original.
In 2006, Diablo was licensed to 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 Diablo and Amsterdam-based club promoter Roy Avni (Electro Nation). In 2009, “Hooligans“, a collaboration with English singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer Example, reached number 15 on the UK Dance Chart.
In 2010, a collaboration with Dragonette resulted in the hit single “Animale” that charted in the Dutch Singles Chart as well as the Belgian Ultratip chart.
In 2013 Diablo released new songs on Axwell‘s Axtone label, Nicky Romero‘s Protocol Recordings, Steve Angello‘s Size X imprint and Spinnin’ Records label. He created the official theme song for the 2013 video game Batman: Arkham Origins.
His song “Starlight (Could You Be Mine)”, made 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, and later several of his other releases reaching the Beatport Top 10.The music video, directed by Kyle Padilla, was published on 7 February 2014, around seven months after the song’s release.
During 2013 Pete Tong debuted six of Don’s releases on his BBC Radio 1 show. He had a residency at Las Vegas’ night club “Light”, played the Departures Ibiza closing party alongside Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso, and toured the UK with Nicky Romero. He had a sold out solo tour in Asia and the USA.
In 2014, Diablo premiered his new visual concept “The Hexagon” with Los Angeles-based visual company “VSquared Labs”.
In October 2014, Diablo made his debut on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJs list at No. 82. In October 2015, Diablo was awarded with DJ Magazine‘s “highest climber of the year” prize, jumping 52 places to No. 30 on the Top 100 DJs list for 2015.
Diablo 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”.
In 2015 his HEXAGON radio show was aired in over 35 countries and holds a solid top 10 position in the iTunes podcast section every week.
Diablo has directed all of his own music videos and is working on title theme music for a new science fiction release for 2017. In 2013 Warner Brothers asked Don to create the worldwide theme song for the much acclaimed Batman: Arkham Origins game. The track and accompanying video became a viral hit; it was viewed millions of times on YouTube.
In 2015 Diablo collaborated with fellow Dutch DJ Tiësto on the track “Chemicals” featuring vocals from Danish singer and producer Thomas Troelsen.
Throughout 2016 and 2017, Diablo went on Tour Across Europe, this sold out across multiple venues including his first headline show in London.
2017 – Present
In 2017, Don Diablo continued the last part of his tour and also released his album Past.Present.Future, a compilation of previously released tracks.
Ranked #1 Future House Artist of the Year Beatport and #15 Artist in DJMag’s Top100 Poll, Dutch DJ/Producer Don Diablo is fast accelerating as a major force to be reckoned with. After scoring multiple hits on Beatport with records such as “On My Mind,” “Universe,” “Anytime,” “Chemicals” (with Tiesto), and “Cutting Shapes”; Don is working on his forthcoming artist album for 2017.
A packed global tour schedule has seen him play the mainstages of Tomorrowland, EDC, Creamfields, Mysteryland, Lollapolooza, and Ultra Music Festival whilst selling out his Headline Artist shows in the UK, US & European markets.
With an eye for fashion and trends, Don’s self designed merchandise line sells out within hours every time its restocked. 2017 will see him launch his own fashion line.
On 17 March 2017 Don Diablo premiered a new collaboration with MARNIK and Galantis‘ unaccredited No Money singer, Reece Bullimore entitled, Children of a Miracle.
Pepijn Schipper, Disc Jockey / Dj / Presenter / Producer / Radio DJ / Radio Presenter / Remixer