Ara: Armenian Australian singer about Armenian show business, Eurovision and a lot more
This Armenian singer was born in
Why did Ara’s family move to
NEWS.am STYLE had an exclusive interview with the Armenian Australian singer, during which he not only gives answers to all the above mentioned questions, but also shares his opinion about “Eurovision” and “Genealogy”.
- Ara, please, speak about yourself. When and how did your family move to
- My parents immigrated to
- Have you ever been to
-Yes, in fact
- What do you mostly enjoy in
- One of the main aspects of
- You were born in
- As any stage performer would, I enjoy the most responsive audiences. I am a big believer in energy exchange and this is vital for a successful performance. Audience behaviour is almost always a direct result of their cultural influence, and where Anglo-Saxon audiences might believe it to be more acceptable to ‘watch’ a performance, Middle Eastern and especially Asian audiences tend to be more engaging in their response to performers on stage. Each culture has their own way of enjoying a performance and one learns to understand this as they gain experience in the industry.
-It’s known that you have been engaged in dancing before starting your singing career. Since when did you understand that singing should also be a part of your stage life?
-I was a dancer from a young age, and also a pianist from the age of four, and all throughout my competitive years as a dancer I often thought about singing as I was a musical person. However a competitive career in DanceSport is one that requires solid training every day, and this doesn’t leave much room for singing. When I retired from competition after winning the two national Australian titles, I had more time to train my voice whilst I was working as a commercial dancer/teacher. Gradually, I shifted my focus to recording and slowly exited the commercial dance scene to become a full time recording artist.
- What are your favorite music genres?
- Believe it or not, I am a number one classical music fan. I grew up playing many of Chopin, Mozart and Beethoven’s pieces and still enjoy much of classical music today. As a dancer though, Latin American music is what is closest to my soul.
- Which international performers inspire you as a musician?
-I have so many diverse artists I take inspiration from – including many English, Latin, Arab and European artists…. the list is just too long!
- Ara, do you follow Armenian music industry? What can you say about it?
-I’ll be honest, I don’t really follow the Armenian music industry closely, however from what I have seen, I personally think local Armenian (pop) artists need to focus more on creating music and music videos to an international standard and avoid thinking inside the box. It is sad, but many artists disregard the importance of being unique and individual. I have seen too often, Armenian artists who have great voices, but don’t style themselves to international fashion and makeup trends, and therefore get unnoticed by the international market. Unfortunately, such is this industry, where there is a far greater focus on appearance rather than talent.
- Are there any Armenian performers, which are more preferable for you?
-There are in fact several Armenian (pop) recording artists who I have respect for, for creating their own style, and their own unique identity as a recording artist. Some that come to mind are Andre, Sirusho, Lilu… They bring diversity to the Armenian music industry, and aren’t just a paper cut-out of one another. Such is the artist who grows, who is humble enough to accept that they can learn from others. There are professionals in the Armenian music industry who work behind the scenes who I also respect and admire. As a cinematographer, Artyom Abovyan and as a music producer, Nick Egibyan. They are both masters of their craft – to international standards.
-Your songs are mostly in English. Can we expect to hear an Armenian song from you in the near future?
- Never say never! At this stage though, English is my main focus as I have a very broad English speaking fanbase.
- And what about “Eurovision Song Contest”? Is it possible, that one day you will show interest to represent
- I do indeed follow the Eurovision Song Contest, and have done so for many years. I was very excited when
- I have listened to the song and was well aware of
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