Download New Music: Don Diablo – Give Me Love ft. Calum Scott
Don Diablo cones through with a brand new smashing hot and dope single track entitled “Give Me Love” featuring Calum Scott on the record. Don Diablo, or as he’s affectionately known in the DJ Mag North America office, Big Don, is an all-round entrepreneur. Though the Dutchman has been used and abused by the industry, enduring numerous career setbacks, self-doubt and personal bereavement, he’s channeled it all into forward momentum, becoming a world conquering producer, a role model and a force for change in the process. We meet him at his home in Amsterdam to get the full story, and find out what the future holds. In East Amsterdam, tucked away on what seems like a sleepy street (though that may just be due to the icy weather), lies the home of Don Pepijn Schipper. Freshly renovated — he moved in just the day before our interview — it’s a grand old building of wooden beams and stained glass, but with a slick, modern makeover; think glass walls, minimalistic furniture and the obligatory pool. It’s all very grown up, though a Cribs-esque tour later reveals Don’s inner child is still very much at play, given the pinball machine in his living room and murals of his beloved Star Wars adorning the walls. The house and all its niceties are evidence of Don’s hard-earned success. After more than two decades of professionally producing, and a career that’s swung violently from high to low more times than a fairground High Striker, he’s finally able to treat himself — and maybe, just maybe, relax a little.
2018 marked Don’s biggest year to date. His sophomore album ‘Future’ landed after a 10-year wait. That was followed by his charity tour, Better Future, which raised money for the Dutch Cancer Trust by asking for donations from fans instead of a standard ticket (with a minimum of just €5 to allow those not so well-off to attend). And he picked up numerous accolades, including the Highest Future House award in DJ Mag’s own Top 100 DJs poll. This trophy (won for the second year in a row) coincided with Don finally breaking into the list’s Top 10, jumping up four places from last year to No.7, just behind iconic names such as Armin van Buuren, David Guetta and Tiësto. In fact, Don is now the highest placed DJ never to have won — a sign of future glory? Only time will tell.
For now, Don sees his climb to the coveted Top 10 as “a present,” and although he’s wary of the criticisms leveled at the poll, he’s grateful for the support from fans. “Breaking the Top 10, that’s a whole different level,” he says, casually munching on a carrot. “Every single artist in the Top 10 is successful in their own right. I’m not a hard campaigner, I let it flow like my heroes in the DJ scene, and that makes it extra special for me.”
He recalls having a poster of the Top 20 on his wall as a teenager — populated by DJs like Fatboy Slim, Sasha and Carl Cox at the time — and muses on how the poll isn’t just an indicator of relevancy within the industry, but also works on a much more personal level. “For my family, it’s very hard to measure how successful I am,” Don says. “They don’t go to a show in Brazil where you play for 50,000, it doesn’t mean anything for them if I have a gold record — it’s tangible but it’s not tangible, it completely goes over your head,” he says. “But when I entered this Top 100, and they knew I had a poster over my bed, they were like, ‘OK this is becoming something, it’s getting bigger. This is the kind of song(s) you wouldn’t want to miss on your playlist.
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