Kim Grigoryan: “In reality, nobody knew that I am very shy”
Winner of the X Factor music competition Kim Grigoryan graduated from Yerevan State University a couple of days ago, and since she is shy, a couple of months ago she couldn’t imagine that she would become famous.
Kim says she believes the famous song Sex Bomb was written for her, but…she forgot the words. “Knowing the lyrics is important on stage, but the jury “forgave” me,” says Kim. What does Kim want to do in the future? How is she preparing to apply diplomacy in singing and vice versa? Kim talked about this and more in an interview with Eritasard.am Eritasard.am: Kim, you graduated from the Faculty of International Relations at Yerevan State University a couple of days ago. How did you get there? Kim Grigoryan: I wanted to study in the Faculty of Law, but I didn’t have enough points. I got accepted to Faculty of International Relations, but I’m content. I have learned and “stole” many things from the university. I have grown to love my profession, but now I would like to sing and be a diplomat at the same time. There are many artists and bands that do that (System of a Down, Flora Martirosyan used to do that) and try to do their best to contribute to the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide through music. You can present and explain more through songs than you can with words. Eritasard.am: In our previous interview you said that you hadn’t had anything to do with music before participating in the X Factor competition. Why did you make a drastic change? K. G.: When Shant TV started broadcasting music programs in 2006, I would always ask myself why I wasn’t participating. I had come up with an alibi, telling myself that I would sing for my close ones or I wouldn’t sing at all. But in reality, nobody knew that I’m very shy and have complexities. I overcame all that. Nobody told me to go and participate because they knew what my answer would be. One day, I was sitting at home and switching the television channelsl and saw the advertisement. I thought to myself maybe I should try. My goal wasn’t to win, and to be honest, I didn’t even expect it. My goal was to perform well so that both the audience and I would be satisfied. I was very nervous right at the beginning and even my ankle was shaking while performing on stage, but all that was over right after the first note that I sang. Eritasard.am: You have secondary music education. Does it run in the family? K. G.: I have asked my father that question as well. I tell him ‘Dad, has there been anyone in our family with a good voice?’, after which he jokes and says, ‘me’, as a joke (laughing). No, there actually hasn’t been anyone. My music school helped me have a good ear. It would be wrong to say that I only listen to one type of music at home. My parents don’t listen to loud music at all, but I think I have developed my own taste. Nobody has ever told me to listen to this or that kind of music. I have listened to different kinds of music and have settled with jazz. Eritasard.am: You put your strengths to the test in different genres during the X Factor competition. Which was your genre? K. G.: During the competition, I felt at ease singing folk, as well as Armenian and foreign pop songs. I also sang a rock song. I’m far from singing rock songs, but the head of my group and Armen Yedigaryan helped me understand what it’s about. A lot changed in me during the competition and a lot is still changing. Jazz is familiar to me, but rock music also became familiar. Eritasard.am: Now that the competition is over, do you know how you will be continuing your career in music? K. G.: I will be participating in another competition organized by Shant TV. The contestants will be duets composed of a professional and non-professional. In this case, I will be among the professional singers (laughing). Eritasard.am: And to think that only a couple of months ago you didn’t picture yourself as a singer... K. G.: A couple of months ago, I didn’t picture myself as a singer at all. I proved something for myself, and that’s the most important thing. Eritasard.am: How did the university’s faculty respond to this? K. G.: It was as unexpected for them as it was for me. There were many times when I wasn’t able to attend classes. It was painful to barely make it to the exam. I wouldn’t even have time to study at night, but I had to read something to pass the exam. It was difficult, but my professors and the faculty’s administration understood all this and helped me, and I express my deep gratitude to them. My classmates were very active. I don’t remember a concert where at least five of my classmates weren’t there. They gave me positivity and motivated me. Eritasard.am: Who are your first critics? K. G.: My main critics are my parents, and then my friend. But I am the first critic. No matter what others said, believe me when I say that the most important was my opinion. I criticize myself to the end. If I say I didn’t like my performance, nobody can make me change my opinion. I know I could have performed better at the particular moment. Eritasard.am: Which were your most successful and unsuccessful performances? K. G.: I think my performance of Tom Jones’ song “Sex Bomb” was the most unsuccessful performance. I forgot the lyrics, and the audience got the impression that I was waiting for the song to end so that I could leave the stage. That shouldn’t have broken me down, but it did at that moment. That was due to my lack of experience. One of my most successful performances was the performance of James Artur’s song “Impossible”, but my favorite one was the performance of the song “Feeling Good”. Eritasard.am: You are from Gyumri and were competing for one title with another competitor from Gyumri. Didn’t that make things difficult? K. G.: The fact that Armen and I made it to the final was already a victory, regardless of who won first place. It is safe to say that that didn’t mean anything to me and Armen. We simply wanted to enjoy it, give some drive and take more than we gave, and it worked out. Interview by Tsovinar Karapetyan