Russian hip-hop artist Dzhigan will perform at the Olympic Park in Sochi on July 18

Russian hip-hop artist Dzhigan will perform at the Olympic Park in Sochi on July 18: Photo
17.07.2015

One of the most popular pop-hip-hop artists and the only hip-hop artist whose tracks are in hot rotation of all the largest radio stations in the country: Russian Radio, Europe Plus, Love Radio, DFM will perform in Sochi for the first time. 

In 2011, Dzhigan received two of the most prestigious music awards in Russia – "Golden Gramophone" and "Song of the Year". He began his path to success in his native Odessa, where his stage name was born — "Dzhigan". The first part of the pseudonym — "Ji", appeared due to the possession of a very rare at that time album by rapper Ice-T "O.G. Original Gangster". The second, "gan", became a reflection of his love for weapons. 

Music in the life of Dzhigan (Denis Ustimenko-Weinstein) occupied a special place from the earliest years. When he was seven years old, his father, who served as a sailor and went on long voyages, brought him a cassette recorder and several tapes with albums of foreign artists. So Denis began to collect his audio collection, which later increased to 500 cassettes, 2000 discs and 300 vinyl records. Djigan wrote his first track in the ninth grade. The presentation of the song took place in front of classmates at the graduation party. The site of the assembly hall of the school seemed to the novice artist too small and he decided to move on. Dzhigan was the first who decided to hold hip-hop and r'n'b parties in Odessa. Soon the whole Odessa learned about the promising MC and DJ. 

In the same 2007, at the invitation of Pasha, CEO of Black Star inc, he moved to Moscow and officially became an artist of the label. Dzhigan's first job in the company was a collaboration with Timati in his song and video “Classmate". 

A great success did not take long to wait. In 2009, Dzhigan released his song “Cold Heart”, which was recorded by Anna Sedokova. The track overnight became the leader in sales on all digital platforms. 

2011 was marked by new resounding victories for Dzhigan. The song “Let Go", which Dzhigan recorded together with the popular singer Yulia Savicheva, appeared on the country's largest media portal tophit.ru and on the day of the presentation, in terms of the number of downloads for the broadcast of the country's radio stations, she became the absolute leader, overtaking the releases of Russian and foreign artists. The song became an absolute hit of the summer and topped the charts of Russian Radio, DFM, HIT FM and other radio. The clip for the song of the same name got into the hot rotation of all the leading music TV channels of the country, including MTV, MUZ, RU TV, Music Box, and on Youtube the view counters exceeded 17,000,000 impressions. 

On September 28, 2011, the long—awaited premiere of the new track - Dzhigan and Jeanne Friske “You are near” took place. The presentation of the clip for this song took place in Moscow at a joint autograph session of artists in the Gorbushkin Dvor shopping center. More than 1,500 people came to the meeting with Dzhigan and Zhanna. Each viewer received an exclusive CD “You are near” and autographs of their favorite artists as a gift. 

In the new year, 2012, Dzhigan, together with the band Disco Accident and singer Vika Krutoy, took part in the recording of the track and the filming of the video "Carnival". On March 1, 2012, the movie "Bouncer" with Sean William Scott ("American Pie", "Destination") in the title role was released. The official soundtrack for the film was written by Djigan. 

On April 5, 2012, on the eve of the release of his debut album, Dzhigan presented a video for his solo song "We are no more". On April 9, 2012, Dzhigan releases his first album "Cold Heart". The album was being prepared for 3 years, and participants took part in its recording: Yulia Savicheva, Zhanna Friske, Anna Sedokova, Soso Pavliashvili, Timati, Teona Dolnikova, Disco Accident and Vika Krutaya, DJ M.E.G. worked on remixes. A meeting with fans of the artist's work and media representatives took place in one of the largest shopping centers in Moscow. About 1000 people became eyewitnesses of what the album looks like and what works are presented on it. Dzhigan personally talked to everyone who came and signed the first copies of the record, official sales of which began on April 10, 2012. 

On April 26, 2012, the long-awaited presentation of the debut album of hip-hop artist Dzhigan took place in one of the popular nightclubs of the capital. In September of the same year, a new track "Hold my Hand" appears, which foreshadows the release of the second solo record of the famous pop-hip-hop artist. Next comes the solo song of Dzhigan "To the end of the world". 

On November 20, 2013, Dzhigan releases his second studio album titled "Music. Life", which includes both solo tracks and a duet with singer Loya and the bomb of the album — a bright duet with Dima Bilan. 

On December 31, 2013, Dzhigan announces his retirement from Black Star Inc. After the expiration of his contract, the pop-hip-hop artist decides to go on an independent voyage. 

To prove this, in mid-February, the premiere of the new video clip "We need to pump up" for the artist's fresh dance single took place on the country's music channels. The song became a real anthem of a healthy lifestyle, and the best athletes of Russian and European bodybuilding starred as the main characters in the video.

In the spring of 2014, Dzhigan presented a new song "Sky", recorded in a duet with singer Asti. And a little later, a music video for this track appeared on the airwaves of TV channels. The video was directed by the famous music video maker Pavel Khudyakov, and the filming took place in Miami during the artist's family vacation in January 2014. 

On June 6, the MUZ-TV Award 2014 was held in the Olympic Sports Complex. Evolution" at which Dzhigan was recognized as the "Best hip-hop project of the Year", receiving the coveted plate from MUZ-TV. 

On June 9, Dzhigan becomes the winner of the annual Fashion People Awards in the RnB-Fashion nomination. 

In early September 2014, Dzhigan and Yulia Savicheva presented to the public their second collaboration — the duet "There is nothing more to Love", for which a video clip was also shot. Even before the appearance of the track on the air of radio stations, the composition was called a one hundred percent hit. The song appeared on the first line in iTunes, on the air of top radio stations Love Radio, Europa Plus, DFM, etc., and the clip appeared on the air of music TV channels of Russia, Ukraine and CIS countries. The presentation of the video was held in one of the capital's restaurants, bringing together numerous stars, program directors of radio stations and TV channels and journalists. 

Dzhigan leads an active lifestyle and regularly goes in for sports. At the age of seven, he signed up for the martial arts section himself. At the age of 21, Dzhigan became a champion of Ukraine and a master of sports in kickboxing. In May 2014, during a tour in the Republic of Moldova, the artist took part in the national bodybuilding championship, becoming the absolute champion according to the IFBB version in the category "Mens Physicist".