As soon as Rustam turned ten, he immediately applied for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013 and was chosen to represent his country. This will be a debut vocal competition for Rustam but he’s looking forward to it.
This year at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2013, Azerbaijan, the Land of Fire, is represented by Rustam Karimov with the song Me and my Guitar.
Rustam was born in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, on August 18th, 2003. He was only two years old when he started to sing and soon understood that the music was his calling. He enjoyed arranging family concerts where he performed songs from cartoon films. In kindergarten he quickly became the singing hero and at school he was already starring in their concerts.
In 2011 Rustam entered the Rashid Beybutov Music School to study piano, but his true passions are drums and guitar. Now aged ten, Rustam has already had an experience of performing with the real symphonic orchestra: “It was really very cool,” he said. The young singer has also performed at the 80th anniversary concert in honour of Rashid Beybutov Music School and at the Gala concert in honour of National Children's Day.
Rustam says music overflows him from the inside and it sounds in his head almost all the time. No wonder his school diary regularly says: "Was singing in class!"
Rustam is a huge fan of Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Muslim Magomayev and Rashid Beybutov. Rustam admires their performance styles and dreams of following their success in his music career. He loves to experiment onstage and prefers a range of musical styles including soul, jazz, and pop.
Apart from music Rustam also likes dancing, drawing and skating. With his grandmother, Rustam has created a gallery of handmade crafts from natural materials. His future plans involve another challenge: to combine career of a surgeon, a sound engineer, and a singer. He gets inspiration from his parents: his mother has a medical education and father is a sound engineer.
Rustam is also a great fan of the Eurovision Song Contest. He was incredibly happy when in 2012 his hometown Baku has hosted Europe’s most loved music event. And he didn’t just stand and watch but performed at various concert events during the Eurovision week 2012.
First and foremost Rustam wants to try something new in life and to enjoy his participation and performance. "I’m worried only when I’m waiting backstage but when I appear on the stage – I always bliss out,” he says.
By being so sincere, charismatic and charming Rustam is ready to inspire all the audience with the positive energy and to give a new song to the world.