From: The Netherlands
DJ style: “Future music.”
Best known for: “Living in a Hexagon-shaped world.”
Future house pioneer Don Diablo says he’s been touring “more than ever” over the past 12 months. That’s meant club shows at Exchange LA, Pacha Ibiza, New City Gas in Montréal, Echostage in Washington, DC and London’s E1, and festival slots at Hungary’s Balaton Sound, Romania’s Neversea, Creamfields in the UK, and Tomorrowland’s original Belgian edition and its Brazilian offshoot (amongst many others). Don’s been busy in the studio too, with a new album on the horizon, and “a heap load of singles, remixes and edits to quench the fans’ thirst as much as possible” dropping throughout the year. This has included the roaring ‘Extended VIP’ of his collab with Azteck, ‘You’re Not Alone’, released via Don’s Hexagon imprint, the sultry ‘Feelings’ for Virgin, and most recently the glittering ‘Let Me Love You’ for Spinnin’.
Don’s empire has long extended beyond just his musical output and this year his popular Hexagon clothing line saw a new drop featuring a collaboration with his favourite TV show, ’80s-set teen sci-fi horror phenomenon, Stranger Things. (He’s previously collab’d on an official Star Wars line, a movie franchise that Don is a super-fan of). And having moved into the world of visual art, he’s also “been busy in my atelier working on new installations and art pieces for upcoming art exhibitions in 2024 and beyond”. Phew!
Hero of 2023: “Sam Altman.”
Fave tune of 2023: “Fred again.. ‘Adore You feat. Obongjayar’.”
Best DJ set you’ve seen in 2023: “Mochakk at Plaza De España, Sevilla.”
What was the most exciting tech development of 2023? “The uprise of AI within the world of tech is definitely the start of a revolution.”
Rising star DJ/producer of 2023: “LP Giobbi.”
What gives you hope for 2024? “The electronic music scene is still alive and kicking and it’s becoming more diverse and global than ever.”