Darko Juranovic “D’Knock”
Darko Juranovic D’Knock is a record producer, songwriter, artist and one of the founding members of the group PlayOne. He is also a member of the music duo D’Knock & Jay, a former member of the megapopular Croatian band ET, the owner of D’Knock Production record label, as well as a co-CEO and co-founder of the production company Urbani Zvuk and video production company JMJ Factory.
As a producer and author, D’Knock has previously collaborated with some of the most renowned names on the international music scene, such as legendary British bands Simply Red and Simple Minds, the queen of house music Barbara Tucker, UK Grammy Award-winning music producer Andy Wright, Mick Hucknall (Simply Red), DJ Spen (Quantize Recordings), Stamen, Eddie Amador, Dany Cohiba, Peter Grant, Amrick Channa, Barb&Q Project.
He has made a great success with the group PlayOne (D’Knock & DJ Fresh Jay), which includes many singles, releases, remixes, music compilations, concerts, tours and collaborations with world famous artists and clubs. D’Knock and DJ Fresh Jay have joined forces on most of the projects with Zvonimir Dusper Dus, their longtime collaborator and an associate member of the PlayOne’s production team.
In recent years, along with DJ Fresh Jay and Dus, D`Knock has been working under the mentorship of British top producer Andy Wright, known for his collaboration with world famous performers, such as Simple Minds, Eurythmics, Annie Lennox, Natalie Imbruglia, Luciano Pavarotti , Simply Red, Jeff Beck and many others. Andy is deserved with the entrance of D’Knock and the PlayOne into the premier league of the world music production. They started in 2011 on the remix of a single “Take It to the Roof”, of the British performer Peter Grant, continued with remixing a solo single of the Simply Red frontman Mick Hucknall “Happy This Christmas”, and a number of other projects. Andy Wright is also deserved that D’Knock, together with the production team of PlayOne in 2015 achieved the most praiseworthy cooperation in their career by remixing the new single for the reunited British band Simply Red, “The Ghost Of Love” from their last album “Big Love”.
After that, in 2016, PlayOne and Andy started working on new versions of 12 greatest hits of the Simple Minds, on the ocassion of the 40th anniversary of their career.
D’Knock and DJ Fresh Jay also have a fruitful cooperation with house diva Barbara Tucker, which started in 2008 with the single “I Found a Place”, the theme song of the Papaya Club (Zrće) which was ranked 11th best club in the world in 2017 by the British renowned magazine DJ MAG. D’Knock & DJ Fresh Jay are also co-founders of the Papaya Day & Night Festival and producers of the music compilations Papaya Day & Night Vol. 1 – Vol. 5.
They produced a number of singles with Barbara, and in 2013, together with Dus, they cooperated on the global humanitarian project for the homeless “We Can Heal”, which was launched by Barbara Tucker, who gathered a large number of the world top vocalists and remixers, including PlayOne, to produce the single “We Can Heal”. Its first edition includes versions by PlayOne, and world established producers and DJs, including: Frankie Knuckles (The Godfather of House Music) & Eric Kupper, DJ Spen & Gary Hudgins and Rhemi. The Playone’s remix of the song reached No. 1 on the Traxsource’s Electro House Top 100 sales chart!
In addition to these achievements, D’Knock joined T. Preradović (Slow Mo’T) and Kosta Radman, to produce a remix of Olivia Newton John’s “Physical”. This new version, performed by the Croatian singer Iness, was subsequently included in Sony Music’s “Club Sounds Vol. 52“ (CD 1, track 15) along with artists such as Shakira, Leona Lewis, Britney Spears, Fatboy Slim and Fragma.
On the Croatian market, he started his career in early 90s, under his former stage name Da’Real, as one of the original members of the band Electro Team (ET), one of the most popular bands of all time in this area, which he left in 1998 aiming to focus on his solo career as a music producer and artist, under the current pseudonym D’Knock. Afterwards, D’Knock collaborated with the Croatian top music artists such as Nina Badric, Tony Cetinski, Dino Dvornik, Ilan Kabiljo, Divas, Cubismo, Bolesna Braca etc. and he has won a number of awards and acknowledgements. In 2004 he won the “Porin” music award as a master producer for the album “Love” by Nina Badric which won 5 Porin awards in total, and he also produced the album “Divas“ for the group of the same name that was nominated for Porin in 5 categories in 2000.
He also joined forces with Tihomir Preradović to produce the album “Poruka” for a famous Macedonian singer Kaliopi. They also produced two songs for Tose Proeski, the greatest Macedonian singer of all time, which featured on Proeski’s compilation “Još uvijek sanjam da smo zajedno”.
In 2016, the production team PlayOne remixed a version of the great hit by Dino Dvornik “Hipnotiziran”, paying tribute to the Croatian king of funk.
D’Knock has also cooperated on various projects with the renowned marketing agency Unex Group, and, together with Tihomir Preradović & DJ Fresh Jay, even coined a wide range of jingles for well- known Croatian and international brands, such as Coca-Cola, Hugo Boss, Motorola, Ledo, Jamnica, Jana, Vegeta, Pliva, Ledo, Juicy, Diners, Franck, Chernigivske etc.
D’Knock is a versatile person and a visionary whose scope of work stretches over a wide area of creativity. He is also one of founders and promoters of the Croatian club and hip hop scene, and an influential person in music business and management. Together with DJ Fresh Jay, he owns the production company & music label Urbani Zvuk, which runs one video and two professional music studios.