Disco Donnie’s logo is plastered on posters of today’s hottest dance acts. He’s been backing artists like Krewella, Zed’s Dead, Dada Life and Forbes’ 2014 highest grossing DJ, Calvin Harris, since well before they were playing stadiums in the US.
He’s the man behind the magic. He’s the guy whose wife told him to find a real job when the rave scene lost its sparkle in the early 2000s. And he’s the dude who is back on top, bringing you a list of summer and fall music festivals with seriously stacked lineups.
This fall, Disco Donnie (born Donnie Estopinal) is executing a slew of upcoming festivals including Sun City Festival in El Paso, Something Wicked in Houston and Beach Blanket Bingo in Galveston. I had the opportunity to chat with Donnie over tacos last week, and here’s what he had to say about the return of EDM and the recent criticisms and challenges surrounding electronic music festivals.