Los Angeles native Valentino Khan produces numerous styles of EDM and hip-hop, including trap, hardstyle, future house, and moombahton.
First gaining notice in 2012 with his productions for rappers like T.I. and B.o.B, he soon earned support from several major EDM DJs and released material on Diplo's Mad Decent label, Skrillex's OWSLA (including 2014 EP In Khan We Trust), and Steve Aoki's Dim Mak. While much of his material tends to fall on the harder-edged side of the EDM spectrum, he's also released more accessible dance-pop tunes such as "Gold," a 2017 collaboration with Sean Paul.
Valentino Khan's name appeared on a variety of commercial rap and EDM releases beginning in 2012, a year in which several of his remixes were officially released. Most notably, he remixed Gent & Jawns' "Holler," issued on Mad Decent offshoot Jeffree's. He and Will Bailey collaborated on a single, "Rukus," released that year on the same label. Khan also produced "Play for Keeps," a trunk-rattling album cut from B.o.B's Strange Clouds, as well as T.I.'s "Loud Mouth" (featuring 2 Chainz).
The producer and DJ's name was hard to miss for the next few years. Khan worked with Diplo's Major Lazer, co-producing the Bruno Mars-featuring single "Bubble Butt." He remixed tracks by Skylar Grey, the Bloody Beetroots (featuring Paul McCartney), and M.I.A., among many others. He also released bruising original material of his own on Skrillex's OWSLA, starting with 2014's In Khan We Trust EP and Steve Aoki's Dim Mak ("TNT," with Tittsworth). The 2015 single "Deep Down Low" became a hit with DJs, and reached the Belgian singles chart. In 2016, Khan teamed up with Skrillex for the trap single "Slam Dunk" (featuring Kstylis). The next year, he released the solo singles "Hello" and "Pump" as well as "Gold," which featured Sean Paul. His 2018 single "Lick It" was released by Mad Decent. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi