YEREVAN. – The composer Robert Amirkhanyan believes that generally the pop music genre is an artificial concept, he said in an interview to Armenian News-NEWS.am regarding the question on modern Armenian pop music. Mass phenomena erase individualism leading to mediocrity, Amirkhanyan notes.
“I cannot idealize reality and rule out manifestation of mass culture, which is very aggressive. Each one has to find own fundamental principles in all this variety,” he stressed.
Asked about positive progress on the recent patriotic song ‘Wake up Lao,’ which the Turkish Fenerbahçe youth club plagiarized by presenting it as the club’s hymn, Amirkhanyan said that when something is attempted to be proved, it means there is a problem. The problem is that Armenians lack strong attitude on national music heritage protection. The issue should be solved through state support, hence the question is better to address to the Armenian Ministry of Culture. As for the composer’s viewpoint, he believes that fight against lie, plagiarism is necessary to initiate.
Amirkhanyan also touched upon Armenia’s decision on withdrawing participation from Eurovision song contest in Baku. He is of the opinion that the country should have been represented anyway and win the contest.
By Anahit Balasanyan
Photos by Sona Barseghyan