Don Diablo

Don Diablo

Diablo at Bitter 'n Zoet 2013
Background information
Also known as Origin Unknown, 2 Faced
Born (1980-02-27) 27 February 1980
Origin Coevorden, Netherlands
Genres Electro house, progressive house, house, future house
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, DJ, singer-songwriter
Years active 1997–present
Labels Protocol Recordings, Revealed, Axtone Records, Spinnin' Records, Hexagon Records, Size Records
Associated acts Divided, Hardwell, Bizzey, Public Enemy, Viva City, Example, Dragonette, Sidney Samson, Diplo, Noisia, Takura, Angela Hunte, Noonie Bao, Matt Nash, Alex Clare, Kelis, CID, Nicky Romero, Sway, Yves V, Steve Aoki

Don Pepijn Schipper (born February 27, 1980), better 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. He was ranked No. 15 in the 2016 Top 100 DJs list by DJ Magazine.[1]


Diablo was born Don Pepijn Schipper in Coevorden, Netherlands on February 27, 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 Pool and 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.[2]

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.[3] 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 7 February 2014, around seven months after the song's release.[4]

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.

He created the theme song for the video game Batman: Arkham Origins.

In 2015 Diablo collaborated with fellow Dutch DJ Tiësto on the track "Chemicals" featuring vocals from Danish singer and producer Thomas Troelsen.


Diablo was the first ambassador for Dance4Life, an international UN-supported action campaign to fight back against HIV and AIDS. Diablo 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.[5]

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.



Year Album Peak positions
2004 2Faced
2008 Life Is a Festival 37

Compilation albums



Charting singles

Year Title Peak positions
Top 100

Top 40



2004 "Useless" 36
"Fade Away (Round & Round)" 98
2005 "Blow"
(featuring The Beatkidz)
2006 "Who's Your Daddy" 25 10
"Never Too Late (To Die)" 46
"I Need to Know"
(featuring Shystie)
2007 "Stand Up"
(with Tony Bell)
"Pain Is Temporary, Pride Is Forever" 42
"This Way (Too Many Times)"
(featuring Bizzey)
28 5
2008 "Life Is a Festival" 82
2009 "Hooligans"
(featuring Example)
2010 "Animale"
(featuring Dragonette)
33 2
2012 "The Artist Inside"
featuring JP Cooper)
2013 "Edge of the Earth" 19
"Starlight" (Otto Knows remix)
(featuring Matt Nash)
2014 "AnyTime" 71
2015 "Chemicals"
(Tiësto & Don Diablo featuring Thomas Troelsen)
8 26 84
2015 "Got the Love"
(with Khrebto)
Featured as Divided

(a Don Diablo project)

Year Title Peak positions
Top 100

Top 40


2004 "The Music and the People"
(as Divided featuring Don Diablo)
"Easy Lover"
(as Divided)
45 14 43
Other tracks
  • "The Return" (1997)
  • "After Midnight" (1998)
  • "Batteries Not Included" (1998)
  • Entering the Twilight Zone EP (1998)
  • "Is Anybody Out There?" (1998)
  • "Science Fiction" (1998)
  • "The Arrival" (1998)
  • "The Beginning" (1998)
  • "Space Station Docking" (1999)
  • "Casa Del Diablo" (2000)
  • "Cosmic Flight" (2000)
  • "Elysium" (2000)
  • "Return of the Psycho (Part One)" (2000)
  • "The Sound of Fear" (2000)
  • "Crowd Pleaser" (2001)
  • "Endless Voyage" (2001)
  • "On My Own" (2001)
  • "Take Off" (2001)
  • "Cloud 9" (2002)
  • "Is Anybody Out There" (2002)
  • "Red Planet" (2002)
  • "Amplified Heart" (2003)
  • "Anarchy" (2003)
  • "Cloud Nr. 9" (2003)
  • "Cockroaches" (2003)
  • "Control" (2003)
  • "Shock!" (2003)
  • "The Next Life" (2004)
  • "Fade Away (Round & Round)" (Pt. 1) (2004)
  • "Fade Away (Round & Round)" (Pt. 2) (2004)
  • "Rock Music" (2006)
  • "I Am Not from France" (2008)
  • "Music Is my Life" (2008)
  • "Audio Endlessly" (featuring Viva City) (2008)
  • "Hooligans Never Surrender" (2009)
  • "Hooligans" (featuring Example) (2009)
  • "Disco Disco Disco" (2009)
  • "To Cool for School" (2009)
  • "Hooligans" (2011)
  • "Mezelluf" (2011)
  • "Silent Shadows" (2012)
  • "The Golden Years" (2012)
  • Light Out EP (2012)
  • "M1 Stinger" (featuring Noonie Bao) (2013)
  • "Starlight (Could You Be Mine)" (2013)
  • "Origins" (2013)
  • "Give It All" (featuring Alex Clare & Kelis) (2013)
  • "Prototype" (with CID) (2013)
  • "Origins" (2013)
  • "Got Me Thinkin'" (2014)
  • "Black Mask" (2014)
  • "Knight Time" (2014)
  • "Back in Time" (2014)
  • "Back to Life" (2014)
  • "King Cobra" (with Yves V) (2014)
  • "Generations" (2014)
  • "Chain Reaction" (featuring Kris Kiss) (2015)
  • "My Window" (featuring Maluca) (2015)
  • "Universe" (featuring Emeni) (2015)
  • "On My Mind" (2015)
  • "Chemicals" (with Tiësto featuring Thomas Troelsen) (2015)
  • "I'll House You" (VIP Mix) (featuring Jungle Brothers) (2015)
  • "Tonight" (2016)
  • "Tonight (VIP Mix)" (2016)
  • "Silence" (featuring Dave Thomas Jr.) (2016)
  • "Drifter" (featuring DYU) (2016)
  • "What We Started" (with Steve Aoki X Lush & Simon featuring Bully Songs) (2016)
  • "Cutting Shapes" (2016)

Awards and nominations


Year Event Award Credit Result
2007 TMF Awards 2007[10] Best Music Video For "Pain is Temporary, Pride is Forever" Nominated
2011 TMF Awards 2011 Best Music Video For "Animale" Nominated
3FM Awards 2011 Best Artist Dance Nomination alongside
Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Sander Kleinenberg)
2012 3FM Awards 2012 Best Artist Dance Nomination alongside
Tiësto, Armin van Buuren and Afrojack)
2016 EMPO Awards Producer of the Year Won
2016 EMPO Awards Best Future House DJ Won


  1. "Top 100 DJs 2016". Retrieved 24 November 2016.
  2. "Don Diablo - Origins (Official Music Video)". YouTube. Spinnin' Records. 18 October 2013.
  3. Berecz, Aaron. "Don Diablo & Matt Nash - Starlight (Could You Be Mine)". DJ Mag Canada. Retrieved 26 July 2013.
  4. "Don Diablo & Matt Nash - Starlight (Could You Be Mine) Official Video". Axtone. 7 February 2014.
  5. "Home — dance4life". Retrieved 1 June 2016.
  6. 1 2 3 "Don Diablo discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  7. 1 2 "Media Markt Top 40: Don Diablo discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  8. 1 2 "Ultratop: Don Diablo discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  9. "SwedishCharts: Don Diablo discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  10. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 July 2009. Retrieved 5 August 2008.

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