Dmytro Monatyk, professionally known as MONATIK, is a Ukrainian singer, songwriter, dancer, composer, and all-around artistic sensation. Born on April 1, 1986, in Lutsk, Ukraine, Monatyk has captivated audiences not only with his melodious voice but also with his exceptional dancing abilities and creative talents in composition. His journey in the world of music and entertainment has been nothing short of remarkable.
Monatyk's artistic journey began in the early 2000s when he was a member of the Lutsk Breakdance Group 'DBS Crew.' This group quickly gained recognition as the best 'B-boy' group in West Ukraine, showcasing Monatyk's early prowess in dance.
In 2003, he pursued higher education at the Law Faculty of the Interregional Academy of Personnel Management. During his university years, he continued to nurture his passion for dance and music. Upon completing his studies, he received a degree as a lawyer.
In 2008, Monatyk reached the finals during the auditions for the show "Фабрика зірок – 2" (Star Academy). Though he didn't become a part of the project, his talent was recognized. Singer Natalia Mohylevska played a pivotal role in his career by inviting him to work on her ballet during her concert program 'Real O.' This collaboration marked a turning point in his career, leading him to move to Kyiv.
In the same year, he formed his first music group, 'Monatique,' which delved into the funk and soul genres. The group performed live in Lutsk and made an impact on the local music scene.
In the summer of 2011, Monatyk launched his solo career with the release of his first solo song, "ТайУлетаю" (English: "I'm Flying Away"), accompanied by a music video filmed on a mobile device. This marked the beginning of his journey as a solo artist.
Throughout 2012 and 2013, Monatyk continued to make waves in the Ukrainian music scene. He tried his hand at composing, presenting Svitlana Loboda's song "40 Degrees" and participating in the project "Альо, Директор!" (English: Hello, Director!) alongside Svitlana Loboda.
In 2014, during a solo concert in Kyiv, he presented his debut solo album, "Саундтрек сегодняшнЕГО дня (С. С. Д.)" (English: Soundtrack of Today), showcasing his versatility as a musician and performer.
In 2016, Monatyk released his second album, "Звучит" (English: Sounds), featuring 16 tracks that demonstrated his growth as an artist. His music videos, such as "В лучшем свете" (English: In a Better World), directed by dancer Anatoliy Sachivko, garnered positive feedback and recognition.
Monatyk's music has not only been about entertainment but also about social messages. In 2014, he released the song "Може, вже досить" (English: Maybe That's Enough), emphasizing the importance of ending the war in Donbas between Ukraine and Russia.
Monatyk's artistic talents extend beyond music. He has been a judge on the Ukrainian "Dancing With The Stars" and served as a coach in the Ukrainian "The Voice Kids." His impact on the Ukrainian entertainment industry goes beyond his singing and dancing prowess.
Monatyk's career has been marked by a continuous stream of successful collaborations and releases. From duets with fellow artists like Anna Sedokova and "Quest Pistols Show" to his solo hits, he has consistently impressed both fans and critics.
In recent years, Monatyk's influence has spread beyond Ukraine, gaining international recognition. His participation in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2017 during the opening of the first semi-final with his song "Кружит" (English: Spinning) showcased his ability to shine on a global stage.
As of 2018, he continues to create music that resonates with fans, releasing tracks like "Цей день" (English: This Day) with Nina Matviyenko and "Глубоко" (English: Deep) with Nadya Dorofeeva.
Dmytro Monatyk, known as MONATIK, is a true Ukrainian musical sensation, celebrated not only for his singing and dancing but also for his compositional talents and versatility. His journey from a small-town breakdancer to an internationally recognized artist serves as an inspiration to aspiring musicians and performers worldwide. With each new release and performance, MONATIK continues to enchant audiences with his unique blend of music, dance, and creativity, ensuring his place among Ukraine's most beloved and talented artists.