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Tamar Kaprelian (Genealogy): “There is nothing more incredible than being able to represent your country in this manner” (Armenia at Eurovision 2015 – Interview)

ESC+Plus has talked to Tamar Kaprelian, the second revealed member of the Armenian group for Eurovision 2015.

Genealogy will be formed by six Armenian singers from all five continents and they will sing the song “Don’t Deny” in Vienna.

 

 

ESC+Plus: Hello Tamar! Firstly congratulations on having been selected to be member of Genealogy, Armenian entry for Eurovision 2015.

Thank you! I feel honored to be a part of this. And feel honored to be able to represent my country in such a cool way.

E+: Can you tell us about you, your musical evolution and important achievements?

I’m a singer/songwriter—meaning, I play the piano, write all my own music, and perform it. I’ve been writing songs since I was 14, but didn’t start playing piano until the age of 17—I never had any formal training; I merely picked up the instrument up by ear. The reason I play piano, as opposed to guitar, is because I grew up listening to the classic songwriters of the 60’s and the 70’s—Elton John, Carole King, Billy Joel—all three of whom play the piano. I wanted to emulate them, write songs like them… so piano it was. My music is hopeful and honest. I don’t write as much about relationships as I do about soul searching—loving yourself for who you are and transcending the problems life throws at you. Every day I get to write and record music is an important achievement for me.

E+: What did you feel when you were told you were going to be part of this interesting project?

I was absolutely blown away… and elated. There is nothing more incredible than being able to represent your country in this manner. To be able to bring people together via music… there are only a few things in life that are better than that.

 

 

E+: Why did you decide to accept the proposal to represent Armenia at Eurovision?

I grew up following Eurovision, watching it, loving it. One of my favorite bands of ALL TIME got their start from Eurovision—ABBA. So how could I not accept this offer! Eurovision is an incredible platform—an amazing way to connect with people from all over the world.

E+: How is the work with the rest of the members going?

All six of us have very different voices—we have very different styles. But since we all share a common goal—our chemistry as a group is unstoppable.

E+: How can this competition contribute to your musical career?

I feel blessed that I get to call myself a musician. It is my life… it is who I am. Eurovision gives us the opportunity to connect with such a diverse international audience. And getting my own music out there… having this be that platform… is unbelievably exciting.

E+: Do you usually watch Eurovision? Do you have any favourite song in the history of the contest?

Favorite Eurovision song of all time: Waterloo—ABBA (1974)

 

 

E+: Besides Eurovision, what are your plans for this year?

I am releasing 5 new songs on an EP directly after Eurovision airs—so definitely check that out!

However, if you are not already familiar with my music, I have two records that I have released in the past— “Sinner or a Saint”—the single from that album was called “New Day” [check out the music video on YouTube!]; the second album “California” –that song being the single off of that record.

E+: What is your favourite music style? Do you have any favourite singer?

My favorite artist of all time: Billy Joel [Favorite song “Vienna”]

E+: Finally, would you like to send a message for our readers?

Hi everyone! Sending a lot of peace and love your way. Please check out my music if you haven’t already done so and please reach out to me via social media: Twitter: @tamarkaprelian; Instagram: Tamarmusic. I am VERY active on both and would love to chat and interact with you.

E+: Thank you so much and good luck in Vienna!

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