Armenian music industry is quite rich and abundant in popular and talented artists and bands that had their special impact on Armenian show business.
One of the representatives of such Armenian bands is HAYQ, one of the pioneers of newly forming Armenian hip-hop. They helped to create and develop hip hop industry in Armenia.
They were on the peak of their popularity especially during the years of 2006-2008. This is the time when they released record breaking songs and music videos.
So, let’s not waste too much time and dig into the HAYQ band, members and the art they created!
How was the Armenian band HAYQ formed?
To start with, let’s note that HAYQ is an Armenian band in hip-hop and pop music style. The main founders and initiators of this band are two rappers and brothers Narek Petrosyan and Felix Petrosyan.
At first, they formed the band under the name of “Arm-Clan” in 2003, which was then renamed to “Arm-Side”. As a matter of fact, this Armenian band was completely formed and renamed as H.A.Y.Q in 2005.
Other members of this band included vocalists Hrant Hovsepyan and Syuzi Shahbazyan. Nevertheless, after a long time being one of the most beloved hip hop groups, this Armenian band was dissolved in 2010.
At the beginning of the 2011 one of the founders of this group, Narek Petrosyan, started his solo career and launched “Mets Hayq (Greater Armenia) records” recording studio and got involved in producing activities.
By that time, he formed another Armenian band, known as “Mets Hayq” with other well-known Armenian rappers Mos and Edgar.
The first song of this Armenian band that was introduced to the public was the single “Ushe e” (It’s late). A few months later the debut of their fist single, they recorded the song “Bari Luys” (Good morning).
By the way, their first official album is known as “Hayq: Special edition”. However, what brought them a real popularity and fame was the song “Qami Pchi” (Wind Blow).
Top Songs of the Armenian band HAYQ #1: Qami Pchi
Right after the official release of the single “Qami Pchi” in 2006, the song immediately hit the top of local music charts. Both the song, the melody, the music video, band members managed to create a big buzz around them.
Even though the older generation did not appreciate their risk to combine trendy music with some folk elements, we can totally say that youngsters were in love! You could see this song on their phone ringtones, it was all over the clubs and discos.
One reasonable question. Who is that lucky guy that wrote the song for this music video? That happened to be the former member of this Armenian band Hayk Harutyunyan.
Furthermore, it was recorded, arranged, mixed and produced by Armenian-Canadian famous producer H. A. DerHova.
DerHova later boomed Armenian music industry again by writing the most famous modern Armenian song of all times, “Qele, Qele”. It was Armenia’s entry in Eurovision Song Contest 2008, performed by Sirusho.
Coming back to “Qami Pchi”, obviously, the song won several awards in 2006 annual Armenian National Music Awards in such nominations as the “Hit of the Year” and the “Discovery of the Year”.
Top Songs of the Armenian band HAYQ #2: Qami Pchi 2 – Ten Years Later
Even though “Qami Pchi” was a booming hit back in mid 2000s, people kind of forgot it during recent years. Many youngsters thought that this song was such a period piece that no one would listen to it nowadays.
Narek Petrosyan, the ex-leader of the band decided to prove those greenhorns wrong. Exactly 10 years later after the song’s first appearance, they set up for a remake. With Narek’s initiation, this new version of the song sounded the same, but with the almighty modern touch.
Right after the release of the music video “Qami pchi 2, 10 Year later”, on December 21, 2016, it immediately was followed with positive feedback. All those youngsters from early 2000s, who are pretty grown up now, fell into nostalgic mood. Yes, you guessed it, the song put everyone on fire again!
By the way, several outstanding representatives of Armenian show business participated in this project. Among them were Arame, Gevorg Martirosyan, Astghik Safaryan, Aram MP3, Grisha Aghakhanyan, Ani Qristi, Sona Rubenyan and the former members of HAYQ, Narek Petrosyan and Hrant Hovsepyan.
Top Songs of the Armenian band HAYQ #3: “Mi Patmutyun” A Story
After the good old hit “Qami pchi”, HAYQ is also known for another successful song “Mi Patmutyun” (A story). This was one of the most scandalous music videos of that time in Armenia, as it aroused a big noise and stir among the audience.
This second single of HAYQ was released on September 28, 2006. The music of this song was written, arranged and produced again by DerHova.
“Mi patmutyun” was one of HAYQ’s much discussed singles. There are several reasons for it. First is that the band was new and revolutionary in Armenian music industry. They brought hip-hop, pop and folk all together. Of course, whatever their new single was, the discussion and critics would have followed.
The other reason may be the quite candid scenes of the music video. In particular, those years in Armenia, those scenes looked pretty odd and weird.
Now let’s speak a bit about the song and music video. It’s typically one of those songs that can be heard under the rain. Those who are in love, out of love, brokenhearted, or heart burning in fire – you’ll love it!
It tells about a story of two people who are desperately in love, but their love can’t last for some unknown reasons. Well, like a usual love and hate relationship song, but people loved this one more than those average ones. Check it out to see what caught everyone’s attention so much.
Top Songs of the Armenian band HAYQ #4: “New generation”
The debut of another popular song “Nor Jahelutyun” (New generation) of this Armenian band HAYQ was in 2007.
But, before starting, let us give you some backstory. There was another hip-hop band in Armenia called “Hay Tgheq” and they were also some other rappers with whom they were collaborating. They called themselves “Hay team”. Even though no one ever saw HAYQ and Hay team members together, but there were rumors that they hate each other and compete immensely.
We can’t say whether it was for setting the record straight about these two teams, or just a good idea, but they came together with a brand-new song.
The two former members of “Hay Tgheq”, Misho and HT Hayko are regarded as the founders of Armenian rap as they were the first to promote rap culture in Armenia.
As you can tell from the name of the song it’s mainly about the new generation of Armenia. They call this generation youngsters, the ones who dream big and set ambitious goals and achieve them.
At the period, it was one of the most anticipated music videos as it was the union of two Armenian bands that were among the most demanded and favored ones.
To make this more illustrative, imagine iconic rappers from East coast coming together with the ones from westside, aka 2PAC and B.I.G collaboration, it would be cool though, wouldn’t it?
Top Songs of the Armenian band HAYQ #5: “Motavorapes”
In 2008, the structure of this Armenian band was already changed. They lost their Dimond of the ring, the solo vocalist, Syuzi. But, it didn’t stop them from creating, the group, headed by Narek, Felix and Hrant, started working on their new album.
Among the frameworks of their second “Didn’t see, didn’t hear, what to say?” album, they released their new song with its music video “Motavorapes” (Approximately).
This song is such a funky one. There is not a single genre to describe it. It has hip-hop, R&B, some rabiz music elements, you name it. Probably the only genre they skipped is the classic one. Thank you, guys for that!
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