Sebu Simonian: “Karabakh is ours”
Interview with lead singer of indie-pop band Capital Cities Sebu Simonian
Lead singer of the American indie pop band Capital Cities, fellow Armenian Sebu Simonian performed for Armenian audiences for several days and shared his impressions of the visit to the homeland. What are your impressions? Sebu Simonian: I’m very impressed with the concerts, Armenia and the people of Armenia. I had a wonderful time. I was very busy because I was either giving concerts, or taking care of personal business. Besides the concerts, I was also invited to a wedding where I also performed. I also baptized my 6-month old son in Mughni. Time flew, and I have great impressions. How was the audience during the concerts? S. S.: My first concert was at Uptown. The people partied all night long. I loved the atmosphere and the mood of the youth at Uptown. The other two concerts were held in a calmer atmosphere. It’s hard to compare the concerts, but I was charmed by the audience. They were cordial and happy people. It was a great pleasure to perform for them. If you hadn’t chosen this path, which path would you have chosen? S. S.: When I was a kid. I loved drawing and painting buildings. I always thought of architecture. But the music has always lived inside of me, and I love doing what I do now. Whom do you consider your first teacher? S. S.: Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin. I’ve learned lessons all my life. When I was little, I would take piano lessons and have learned a lot from Vache Mangryan and Artashes Kartaryan. Music has always been with me, and my favorite bands have been by my side. How is Sebu different on stage? S. S.: I’ve thought about that a lot. On stage I try to be who I am. As I come up on stage, I think about the song and how to perform it the right way. I’m very energetic on stage, but I’m calmer in daily life. What won’t you do on stage? S. S.: I don’t think I’ll get naked on stage, or use swearing words. Many people think singing is easy. What difficulties have you faced? S. S.: It’s very hard to be musically successful. You have to keep working hard. You have to improve and be unique, and it’s very hard to do all that. I haven’t reached success by just singing. I’ve also played for myself and others, and that helped me open my own studio. What is your dream? S. S.: To give a concert at the sport-concert complex. What are your good and bad sides? S. S.: I’m always sincere. I say or do whatever comes from my heart. I don’t have bad sides (laughing-ed.), I simply have to work out more and live healthy. Your fans are mainly young people. How would you describe Armenian youth? S. S.: When I first visited Armenia in 1998, I noticed that the youth was active and moving forward. At the time, it was as if they were in a bottle. But everything has changed. As I look at today’s youth, I see that they are progressive and have global interests. Every time I come here, I realize that Armenian youth seek what’s good and new. And what would you like to add in the end? S. S.: Karabakh is ours. Gallery: Sebu Simonian’s concert at Mezzo Interview by Lilit Sedrakyan Photos by Lusi Sargsyan