Diablo

Diablo

After Sebastian Alberto Baldeon, better known to his fans as Diablo, dropped out of high school in West Palm Beach, he saved up enough money to move into his own apartment and assemble a budget home studio. It was the early days of the SoundCloud boom. Wifisfuneral came first, then Smokepurpp, then Lil Pump, before any of them became famous. When Pump’s platinum single “Boss”—produced and co-written by Diablo—blew up, the now-famous South Florida sound was well on its way to opening up mosh pits around the world. This sound is nothing less than a revolution, a highly combustible blend of rap, punk, trash metal that the New York Times has called “the most vital and disruptive new movement in hip-hop, thanks to rebellious music, volcanic energy and occasional acts of malevolence,” and Diablo is one of its principal architects. Diablo’s time spent as Lil Pump’s tour DJ helped him develop as a performer who, while equally fluent in rap and EDM, is less concerned with genre than energy and delivering cathartic listening experiences that concertgoers won’t soon forget. His raucous DJ sets have earned him an audience in the electronic music world, with a major co-sign from Diplo and a recent tour with Dillon Francis and Alison Wonderland. Diplo has actively sought out Diablo as a collaborator; he brought in Diablo to help produce Morgan Wallen’s double-platinum country smash “Heartless” and engineer “Welcome to the Party,” which features French Montana, Lil Pump, and Zhavia Ward and was a single on the Deadpool 2 soundtrack. Even as Diablo grows as an industry linchpin, he’s never strayed from his Florida roots, as he’s forged collaborations with artists like Kodak Black, Ski Mask the Slump God, and Craig Xen. His forthcoming project Do Not Disturb, the first of multiple 6-track EPs (666 stays the theme) released through his label Foolish Cult, is his most personal work yet. For this project, which he recorded in Los Angeles and West Palm Beach, he melded his hypnotic and explosive trap sound with some of the most distinctive voices from Florida and the internet rap underground—all of whom happen to be his close friends. Rather than send beats by email, he tapped into the collaborative magic that can only happen when producer and vocalist work together in person in the studio. When asked what he wants listeners to get out of Do Not Disturb, Diablo said, “I hope to inspire them to go through things, to keep going. I want them to also create more art for the world. Art is the key essence of life."