Coming off the success of “Starlight (Could You Be Mine)” (the festival repeat offender featuring Matt Nash), Don Diablo now sets his sights towards a more natural setting with his latest contribution. The new song “Edge Of The Earth” serves as the theme to Dutch documentary The New Wilderness, which has filmed several years of unique nature reserve in the middle Netherlands. Check out an exclusive first-look at the track/film below (download for free here) and follow the jump to read VIBE’s tell-all interview with the Don Juan of beats.
VIBE: What is the craziest thing that has ever happened to you whilst performing live? How'd you handle it?
Don Diablo: Somebody stole my shoes once during a crowd surf in Tokyo. I finished the set bare foot and went onto the plane in my socks the next morning.
If you weren't a producer-DJ, what would you be doing?
I'd be directing and producing films & documentaries. I have a huge love for both music and film.
Who are you listening to right now that might surprise people?
I don't know if this will surprise people, but at home I love listening and get inspired by people like Tom Waits, Peter Gabriel, Joy Division, The XX, Phoenix, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Ludovico Einaudi.
Got any collaborations coming up that we should know about it? Any one on your wish list to produce with: DJ, singer, rapper?
Any of the musicians that I mentioned above would be on my wishlist. I already did quite a few collaborations this year, with artists like Kelis, Alex Clare and Noisia amongst others, so I am trying to focus more on 100 percent solo material at the moment. Although I am definitely feeling the collaborative vibes at the moment, sometimes it just saves you from running around in circles in your own head.
What's your motto for sonic creation in a sentence?
Don't let others dictate what you should and should not be doing, all that matters is that it's sonically viable to you.
Five essential tunes on your playlist:
Syn Cole - Miami 82
Wolfgang Gartner & Tommy Trash - Hounds of hell
Dogblood - Chella Ride
Empire of the sun - DNA (Alex Metric Remix)
Lorde - Team