2011 - From Hooligan to Dreamer

The spring of 2011 saw the release of Dima’s sixth album Mechtatel (Dreamer) on the 25th of May. The album is a heartfelt collection of songs such as Safety, Changes, Po Param (Together, in pairs) or Ya prosto lyublyu tebia (I simply love you). Two versions of the album were available: a CD with 14 tracks and 2 remixes and a deluxe edition of a DVD comprising 5 of Dima’s latest videos and a photo gallery. The most devoted fans had the possibility to purchase one of the 500 limited vinyl editions of the album.

During the Muz-TV 2011 awards ceremony Dima was named Best male singer as recognition for his hard-work and talent.

For the fourth consecutive year Dima hit the runaway in Ilya Shiyan’s fashion show during the Moscow Fashion Week.

Dima took on a musical challenge as he appeared in the Phantom of the Opera television show, revealing his amazing vocal range while performing arias from operas and operettas, songs belonging to the Russian folklore and well-known crossovers. The audience was in awe of his rendition of Paris’ aria from Gluck’s Paris and Helen and of Jesus’ aria from Jesus Christ Superstar (the musical written by the British songwriter Andrew Lloyd-Webber).

In autumn, Dima flew to Los Angeles to shoot the video for the song Blind Love. What is really impressive about the video is that it was filmed in Nicolas Cage’s former house and that one of the main characters is played by Ian Somerhalder, the Vampire Diaries superstar. The video reached 4th place in the Russian section of YouTube in 2011.

Dima crossed the boundaries of music to enter the territory of literature with the release of his first autobiographical book Ot hooligana do mechtatelya (From hooligan to dreamer), (in November 2011). Having penned it himself, the book takes us as far back as Dima’s childhood, on a journey interspersed with humour and sensibility.

Dima marked his 30th birthday with a celebratory concert organised at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, on the 24th of November 2011. He was accompanied by the Johan Strauss Symphonic Orchestra of Vienna playing under the baton of Edvin Marton. The concert, later broadcast on Channel One, showed the audience an extremely versatile artist with a wide repertoire.

Awards for 2011:

  • “Muz-TV 2011” national music awards – “Best male singer” (3 June 2011)
  • “RU.TV” awards – “Best video” – “Ya prosto lyublyu tebya” (1 October 2011)
  • “Golden gramophone” by “Russian radio” awards – “Ya prosto lyublyu tebya” (26 November 2011)
  • “Song of the year” festival – the song “Zadykhayusj” (3 December 2011)