Who is this Don Diablo? Well, for starters he is a producer, DJ, musician, singer, visualist, retired streaker and to some people an imaginary friend, but let’s start at the beginning. Don Diablo’s musical journey kicked off at the age of fifteen, when he started making music for short movies he was directing. With loads of time on his hands and nothing too exciting happening in the outskirts of the Netherlands, Don Diablo was able to experiment with music and fine-tune his production skills. Outcome of this all: he signed his first record deal before he turned 16. Two years later he had already released 35 records under many different guises.
Don’s career took off as a DJ when he exploded on the worldwide scene following the unexpected success of one of his records in 2005. From that moment on Don Diablo has rocked nearly every renowned event or club on this planet. A little resume of last years gigs: Glastonbury, Creamfields, Ministry of Sound, Space (Ibiza) and the Australian Summadayze & Stereosonic festival tours. Don always plays with 4 decks when he DJs, to give that extra bit of hype and creativity that has become his trademark. His friends like to describe his sound as a mix of Punk Funk, Electro Breaks and Distorted Disco, while Don thinks it’s just good music. His tour schedule takes him from Hong Kong to London and from Miami to Sydney. While travelling the world, Don Diablo also managed to complete his studies and scoop up a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism.
Besides his own career as an artist, Don Diablo is also producing for other people. You can hear one of his co-productions “Make You Pop”in the brand new (worldwide) Diplo Blackberry campaign. Don recently worked with artists like Rox, Example, Dragonette, Sidney Samson, Diplo and Ou est le Swimming pool and remixed for the Mika, Chemical Brothers, Cassius, Gorillaz, Public Enemy, Iggy Pop, Plump DJ’s and many others.
Don has also been very active in the blogscene, always trying to connect to the early adaptors around the globe. According to North American music blog aggregator The Hype Machine Don was named “Most Blogged Artist’ in the world several times. Which did not just give lots of kudos from the internet community and the alternative press, but also brought him in contact with the remarkable singer Martina Sorbara of the Canadian electropop group Dragonette. A collabo between the two resulted in Don’s latest single: “Animale”.