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DON DIABLO

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Don Diablo

Period

1980 - current

Genre

bigbeat, DJ, draaitafels, producer, trance

Online

Officiƫle website

Pseudonyms

2 Faced, Dahlio Bond, Divided, Don Diablo, Fast Forward, Mission One, Origin Unknown, Orion's Voice, The Raven, U-Turn

Don Diablo

As a DJ Don Diablo builds varied sets in which he mixes dance with music by Basement Jaxx, Moloko, Lenny Kravitz, Run DMC, Nirvana and others. He travels all over the world, and performs in Great Britain, Australia, Japan, the United States, Brazil and Israel. The variation in his performances ...
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Instruments

draaitafels, producer

Mentioned in the biography of

2004   16Down
2005   Mason
2007   Lucien Foort
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Biography Don Diablo

As a DJ Don Diablo builds varied sets in which he mixes dance with music by Basement Jaxx, Moloko, Lenny Kravitz, Run DMC, Nirvana and others. He travels all over the world, and performs in Great Britain, Australia, Japan, the United States, Brazil and Israel. The variation in his performances is also present in his own record productions. Don Diablo remixes and makes music for films and commercials. He is co-host of the monthly radio show Ministry Of Beats for 3FM radio. He also regularly presents programs for MTV.

1995 - 2001

Don Diablo (Pepijn Schipper, 1980) grows up in the village Schimmelarij in the Dutch province Drenthe. From the age of ten he starts making films. He is fourteen when he begins experimenting with electronic music, and releases his first records. In 1998 Don Diablo scores his first British club hit, resulting in a tour of the major English clubs.

2002 - 2003

Don Diablo is active as a full-time DJ and producer. In his sets he plays an eclectic mix of breakbeat, trance, punk-funk and rock. He travels around the world to perform, from Zeumerpop in Voorthuizen to a festival in Rio de Janeiro. His catalog is growing rapidly, with some sixty productions (most of them on his label Re-Fuel) including some mix CDs (The Sound Of Don Diablo, Impulz) and recordings under the names Fast Forward (gabber), Origin Unknown, The Raven, Orion's Voice (with vocalist Dave Mitchell) and U-Turn (with producer Geert Huinink). He makes remixes for Vincent de Moor, Voidd, the Israeli DJ/producer Yahel, Svenson & Gielen, Sean Paul from Jamaica and Laidback Luke.

Johan Gielen Laidback Luke Vincent de Moor

2004

In January Don Diablo is one of the acts at the annual Noorderslag festival in Groningen. Don is ambassador for the project Dance4Life, an international organization for fighting aids and HIV. In the spring the label ID&T releases his first artist's album, 2Faced, a varied record featuring pop tunes aimed at a dance floor audience. The CD contains contributions by the bands 16Down and Dolorous Daze and vocals by MC Marxman and the actor Todd Rotondi, known from the soap series As the World Turns and the Dutch feature film Phileine Zegt Sorry. 2Faced comes with a DVD, containing the entire album in Dolby Surround, B-sides, music videos, a funny documentary and sketches that didn't make it on to the album. The first two singles off the album are the songs Useless and Fade Away. Don Diablo makes appearances in the Netherlands at the Extrema Outdoor festival and as headliner of the Liberation Day festival in Assen. Together with Laidback Luke, Herr Arter and Terry Toner Don Diablo forms the joke band The Ultimate DJ Boyband. The group gives a one-off performance at the Amsterdam club Panama on 30 July.

16Down

2005

Don Diablo is the only Dutch artist to be nominated in the category Best Electro/Punk Artist at the Release Dance Awards. He makes music for the Dutch TMF and MTV Awards ceremony, director Jaap van Eyck's feature film Flirt, commercials (including one for Nike) and the children's musical Nanna S.O.S. Nanna by Speeltheater Holland. Under the name Divided (together with Geert Huinink) he records the singles Easy Lover (with a sample from the hit by Philip Bailey & Phil Collins of the same name) and The Music, The People, featuring 'no nonsense feelgood dance' as he calls it himself. At the end of the year he releases the CD Sellout Sessions 01 on his own Sellout Sessions label. It is a compilation including some of his own songs, as well as tracks by Moby, The Killers, Hard-Fi, Armand van Helden and Plump DJs. Together with Roy Avni (promoter for Electronation) he starts the Middle of the Road Music label, a platform for new talent.

2006

Don Diablo Don Diablo is nominated for a 3FM Award in the category Best Dance Artist. The producer makes his debut in the Dutch version of Top of the Pops with the single Who's Your Daddy. Together with the American producer/remixer Jason Nevins he makes a remix for the American singer Pink's single Who Knew. The song is released in the States only. With Nevins he also records his second artist's album in New York. During the Free Your Mind Festival in Arnhem in June Don Diablo has his own stage. Don's brother, multi-instrumentalist Troy, releases the experimental album Zaagsel on Rallehond Records. The single Never Too Late (To Die) is used for an advertising campaign for the American animation film Hoodwinked. Don Diablo provides the music for the leader of the TV series Funniest Home Videos on the commercial channel Talpa. The single I Need to Know (September) is a collaboration with the British hiphop star and TV personality Shystie. The single is also used in the promotion campaign for the Hollywood film Snakes On A Plane, featuring Samuel L. Jackson.

2007

The third release on Don Diablo's Middle of the Road Music label is Exceeder by the act Mason. The single makes in into the charts in Great Britain. Together with Lucien Foort and Baggi Begovic Don Diablo launches the special night Twisted Cultures at the Amsterdam Marcanti. Twisted Cultures is a mixture of various musical genres in different rooms or in one room. The first edition is on 21 September.

Lucien Foort Mason

2008

In October, at the Amsterdam Dance Event, Don Diablo presents a release party at the Jimmy Woo club for Life Is a Festival, an album with 15 tracks he has been working on for four years. The CD features a combination of electro, pop, rock, funk, breakbeat and rap.

2009

Don Diablo The authoritative British DJ Magazine asks Don Diablo to mix the cover CD for its April issue. In its 13 June issue music magazine New Musical Express mentions the single Hooligans (with the British vocalist Example) in a list of ten must-hear records of the week. Hooligans makes it to the top of the major dance charts in England. The track tops the DMC Buzz Chart and the Top 3 of Music Week's Cool Cuts Chart. Don Diablo is the only Dutch artist programmed at Glastonbury, England's largest pop festival. He is featured on the final Sunday at the West Dance stage. That summer the DJ also puts in appearances at the EH1 Festival at The Royal Highland Centre in Scotland on 15 August and on the Dutch stage at the dance festival Creamfields in Daresbury, Cheshire on 30 August. In the fall he tours North and South America, Australia and Asia.

Discography Don Diablo

In the discography you will find all recordings that have been released listed chronologically. We restrict ourselves to the title, the type of audio, year of publication or recording, label, list of guest musicians, plus any comments on the issue.

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Audio/Video Don Diablo

Video Don Diablo

Don Diablo feat. Noonie B...
Don Diablo feat. Noonie Bao - M1 Stinger
Diplo & Don Diablo - Make...
Diplo & Don Diablo - Make You Pop || Official Video ft. Zanger Rinus
Hooligans Never Surrender...
Hooligans Never Surrender (New Video!)
Don Diablo - Mezelluf (Of...
Don Diablo - Mezelluf (Official Video)
Don Diablo - Useless (Vid...
Don Diablo - Useless (Videoclip) (DVD Quality)
Don Diablo - Blow
Don Diablo - Blow
DON DIABLO - WHO'S YOUR D...
DON DIABLO - WHO'S YOUR DADDY (OFFICIAL VIDEO) (OUT NOW)
Don Diablo ft. Bizzey - T...
Don Diablo ft. Bizzey - This Way (Too Many Times)
Don Diablo - Mezelluf (Co...
Don Diablo - Mezelluf (Coming soon!)
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Diplo & Don Diablo - Make You Pop || Official Video ft. Zanger Rinus

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