Don Diablo (real name Don Pepijn Schipper) is a progressive house and dance DJ/producer known for his sparse and varied production techniques and unique vocal processing. Born in Coevorden, Netherlands, the producer got his start in music at the early age of 15, when he signed his first record deal. However, it wasn't until his later years that his mixes began to turn heads both within the industry and among electronic dance music lovers the world over. Tracks such as "On My Mind," "Cutting Shapes," and "AnyTime" became instant hits, and the producer soon found that he was in high demand to remix tracks from a vast array of high-profile songwriters and artists spanning a variety of genres; from the likes of Madonna and Rihanna to Bastille and Ed Sheeran, Diablo was receiving frequent requests to bring his eclectic dance and house flavors to numerous chart hits.
While balancing remix work alongside his seemingly nonstop international touring schedule, he also found himself collaborating and working on original tracks with artists such as Tiësto, Tinah Tempah, and Kelis. In 2004, he put out a side project called Divided, which experienced success with the tracks "The Music, the People" and "Easy Lover," a dance remix of the classic 1985 Phil Collins hit. Subsequent years saw Schipper collaborate with a further range of diverse artists under the Don Diablo moniker; 2009 saw dominance on the U.K. dance chart for the track "Hooligans," which Diablo had produced with rapper Example, while the following year saw more success for the young producer with the track "Animale," which featured Canadian electronic outfit Dragonette.
Don Diablo had more glowing moments in 2013 when house music titan Pete Tong spun six of Don's tracks on his BBC Radio 1 show. The year also saw Diablo take up a brief residency at Las Vegas nightclub Light, as well as embark on sold-out solo tours of both the U.S. and Asia. In 2015 he put together his own record label, Hexagon, which saw instant success with the release of a collaborative remix of British tropical house DJ Alex Adair's hit "Make Me Feel Better." Subsequent releases on the label also dominated the higher end of the charts, particularly in the States and the U.K., while Hexagon's own radio show went on to air in over 35 countries, experiencing an ever-burgeoning fan base of listeners.
More sold-out tours and performances followed in 2016, with Don Diablo also claiming the number 15 spot on DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs list. The year also saw the DJ branch out into other creative avenues, creating the theme song to the widely acclaimed Batman: Arkham Origins video game. Once again, the track became an instant hit, racking up millions of plays online. In 2015, Diablo worked with fellow Dutch DJ Tiësto on the track "Chemicals," which also featured vocals from Danish singer/songwriter Thomas Troelsen. In 2017, the young producer continued touring and put out Past.Present.Future, a collection of unreleased tracks, via Hexagon. ~ Rob Wacey