Name – Dara Ekimova
Nationality – Bulgarian
Occupation – Singer
Countries lived in – Bulgaria
Based at – Sofia
At only 18, Dara is a real gift for Bulgarian music. She already has several hits, including the revolutionary for Bulgaria duet with her father Dimitar Ekimov, ‘Dimi’ – who died 11 years ago, “My World”.
She is already confidently following in her late father’s footsteps, carefully taking care of the preservation of the musical heritage left by him in the treasury of the native musical history. Her hit “Sagapao” topped all music charts in 2019. In early 2020, she excited audiences with a musical confession about her father in the song “For You”. Days later, she received the most valuable award for any young artist, the one for debut.
Music critics have described her summer hit “Apology” in a duet with Iskren Tonchev-Iskrata as a modern reading of the aesthetics of Italian director Paolo Sorentino’s films, which gave audiences “La Grande Bellezza”, the cult series “The Young Pope” and its sequel “The New Pope” combined with the authenticity and splendor of The Great Gatsby. At the end of October, she appeared on the most prestigious television stage in Bulgaria as a guest mask hidden behind the costume of the Princess in the Masked Singer. In early November, she received another award for her elegant musical presence – Woman of the Year by Grazia magazine, in the “Music” category.
Who is Dara Ekimova?
Dara Ekimova is a Bulgarian singer born in Sofia. She is boldly following her dream and her passion for music. Dara proudly continues her father’s legacy, Dimitar Ekimov who was the founder of one of the most popular rock bands in Bulgaria, Slang.
Slang has two studio albums and their great work will always remain legendary.
How did you start your music career and why?
I have been singing since I was 4 years old and music has always been a huge part of my life as I was growing up. As time went on, I started working with great music producers and created my own songs.
My goal back in 2019 was to record one of my father’s most popular songs to the public and one that is most precious to me – “Moy svyat” (in translation: My World). The song was also chosen by followers of the most well known radio stations in Bulgaria – BG Radio – as a favorite Bulgarian song of all time.
As it turned out, thanks to my colleagues, we succeeded in the task of mixing the voice of my father and mine together. This way I did a duet with my amazing father 11 years past his death, which was a dream come true for me and very special. A revolutionary track for Bulgaria, resembling the duet of Natalie and Nat King Cole.
What was the most challenging part when starting your journey as a musician?
One of the hardest moments in my journey was when I participated in a reality television music competition. I was invited by the producers of the TV show to take part in one of the most attractive music competitions at the time. During the blind auditions, no one from the judges turned around. After that I was completely demotivated and discouraged. The rejection that happened misguided me and wrongly made me think that music was not my career path and that I should probably stop doing what I love. But my mom encouraged me to take the time to experiment and pursue my dream. The following year together with one of the most talented music producers and beatmakers in Bulgaria – Iskren Tonchev – Iskrata, we created one of the biggest hits of summer 2019 – Sagapao.
Who is your greatest inspiration?
My father. He was a completely self-taught artist. Learned to play the guitar, to compose and sing. Other than that, my inspiration are the people who constantly invest in their personal development, do not stop in their pursuits and build upon what they have learned and achieved.
Who is your biggest supporter?
My mother. She has been working in Public Relations for over ten years now and has not only been my moral support, but the driver in my journey.
What is your message to the female artists in your industry?
To never give up and always to put their energy, love and diligence in what they do and want to achieve.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
The truth is, this year was fantastic for me, for which I am deeply thankful. 2020 started with an award for musical debut and just recently the readers of “Grazia” magazine chose me for ‘Woman of the Year’ in the category of music. My song Sagapao was in the top five of the annual chart of most aired songs in Bulgaria. I hope to have many more achievements to be proud of in the future.
What do you want to accomplish by the end of this year?
I am starting to work over a few music projects, which will be released within the next year. I believe the best has yet to come.
Do you think having a social network only for women is a good idea? Why?
I think that is a fantastic idea. What I believe is that women should stand for each other, because we still live in such times where we are not valued for what we really are and what we can do. I am thankful for women like you who work tirelessly to support females in business growth and career success.
How do you wish your fans to get in contact with you?
They can find me on social media – YouTube, Instagram & Facebook: