Aram Mp3, Armenia’s Eurovision 2014 contestant, knows how to put on a good show. His over-the-top performance during AMPTV’s New Year’s Eve gala featured an exploding Christmas tree and some really stylish dancing. It’s obvious he’s going to bring something unique to Copenhagen, and we can’t wait to find out what that is.
Between releasing new songs and choosing his ESC entry, Mr Mp3 is very busy. But he still managed to squeeze in some time with Loosine, our Armenia correspondent. He told her about his unusual stage name, how he’s going to choose his song, and how he feels about the lovely Sirusho.
So how did you get the name Aram Mp3?
My full name is Aram Sargsyan. Seven or eight years ago when I was doing stand up and parodies of famous singers in for the “32 teeth” TV comedy show, I suddenly got my nickname Mp3 . During one of the shows my colleague made a joke calling me Mp3, because of the musical diversity I could show, and after that everyone started to call me Aram Mp3.
You’re a man of many talents. What do you prefer: being a comedian, a singer, or a TV host?
I started my career as a singing comedian. That made me famous. Later I decided to separate these two professions, because I felt I had more to give to the audience. I started to compose music and gave live performances over the last three to four years. People started to know my inner world and my real emotions through music. Hosting TV shows is fun for me, because mostly I host international formats like “X- Factor”, “Armenian Idol”, “My name is” and here people try to show their talent, so its always interesting for me to meet new people, new talents.
From dance to electronica, you know how to throw down all styles of music. What is your genre?
My musical genre is pop, but I love to experimentalize and improvise with different styles- rock, funk etc.
What can you tell us about your Eurovision song?
Now I am busy working on different songs, which are being composed by different composers both local and European, and also by me. Different styles, different approaches and themes…we are selecting the best ones, and recording my vocals to see how it sounds. I hope we’ll have the best song by February!
Do you watch Eurovision?
I started to watch Eurovision when Armenia appeard there. I remember the first year when Andre was representing our country. We were crazily shouting when he passed to the final. I love all our entries, mostly 2007’s “Anytime you need” by Hayko. And Loreen’s “Euphoria”. I think this song is not only a European hit. It’s a worldwide hit—good sound and amazing performing talent.
So a lot of our readers wanted to hear Sirusho sing at Eurovision. Does that put pressure on you to do well since you aren’t her?
My friends know how enthusiastic I am towards any participant from Armenia, no matter who it is. So if it was Sirusho again, I would be happy for her again, because she was our best result ever in Eurovision. Now it’s me—and I’m twice as happy.
Are you going to tour Europe? We need to hear you live!
Of course I have plans for touring through Europe, mostly in the March-April period. I will be glad to host other participants in our lovely historic country, so welcome!
Photos courtesy of Aram Mp3