Darko Dimitrov

Darko Dimitrov
Darko Dimitrov
Дарко Димитров
Background information
Birth name Darko Dimitrov
Born January 21, 1973 (1973-01-21) (age 38)
Skopje, SR Macedonia, SFR Yugoslavia
Origin Republic of Macedonia
Genres Pop, Dance-pop, Hip Hop, Contemporary R&B, Pop-rap
Occupations Songwriter, Record producer, Arranger, musician
Years active 1991 – present
Labels M2 Productions

Darko Dimitrov (Macedonian: Дарко Димитров [ˈdarkɔ ˈdimitrof] ( listen); born January 21, 1973 in Skopje, SFR Yugoslavia (present-day Republic of Macedonia)) is a Macedonian record producer, songwriter, arranger and record executive. Highly acclaimed for revitalising the Macedonian mainstream pop music scene, which also influenced the surrounding Balkan countries, he also received international recognition for working with many popular foreign artists.[citation needed]



Darko Dimitrov was born on 21 January 1973, in Skopje, SFR Yugoslavia (present-day Republic of Macedonia), to prominent Macedonian singer and composer, Slave Dimitrov. His family has a rich musical history — his grandfather was the prominent opera and traditional music singer, Blagoja Petrov Karagjule. Darko Dimitrov graduated at the Academy of Music in Skopje and he works in his family recording studio called "Studio Dimitrovi" along with his father and his brother Oliver, the latter being notable for producing the debut album of the ska-punk band, Superhiks.

One of his first production hits was "Otvori go Pendžerčeto", performed by the rap group Nulta Pozitiv and featuring the popular folk singer, Mitre Mitrevski.

After producing for mostly hip hop and pop rap oriented artists during the early 90s, Darko Dimitrov moved on to work in the pop music industry. From 1996 onwards, he produced several chart-topping hits for artists such as Karolina Gočeva, Toše Proeski, Kaliopi, Jovan Jovanov, Martin Vučić, Tamara Todevska, Tijana Dapčević, Vlado Janevski, Vrčak, Darko Pančev's wife Maja Grozdanovska Pančeva, Gentiana Ismajli, Anjeza Shahini, Ledina Çelo, Leonora Jakupi, Rafet El Roman, Aleksandra Radović , 2007 Eurovision Song Contest winner Marija Šerifović among many other domestic and foreign pop stars.

In 1999, Dimitrov released compilation album featuring music from various artists which he has produced. The album, 100% Hits: The Best of Darko Dimitrov broke national sales records.

His songs have participated in many notable pop music festivals such as Skopje Fest, MakFest, Ohrid Fest, Sunčane Skale and the Budva Music Festival in Montenegro, the FERAS Radio Festival in Serbia, Croatian Radio Festival, the Split Festival in Croatia, the Pamukkale Festival in Turkey, the Golden Stag in Romania, Kënga Magjike in Albania and the 2006 European Song Festival for Children with Special Needs, Junior Eurovision Song 2011.

Dimitrov produced "Ninanajna",[1] the Macedonian entry in the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. The song was performed in both the Macedonian and English languages by Elena Risteska and received 56 points, placing 12th, which is the biggest success for the country thus far.

Darko Dimitrov has won over 30 awards in the "best producer", "best composer" and "best arranger" categories.[citation needed] He co-founded the M2 Productions record label along with Ivo Jankovski, the former manager of the eminent Macedonian groups Leb i Sol, Arhangel and Anastazija.

M2 Productions organised several talent shows, from which several current Macedonian pop stars emerged. Among these: Elena Risteska, Lambe Alabakoski, Aleksandra Pileva, 4play, Emil Arsov, Tuna, Dimitar Andonovski, Bojana Atansovska....

As an eminent songwriter, Darko Dimitrov is supported by the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Macedonia.


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