Billionaire Azerbaijani musician Emin says his privileged background was not an 'advantage' when he was trying to break into music. Francis Maguire reports.
He's got a big following back in Russia and now Emin's trying to take his soft-rock tunes around Europe. He's the son of a billionaire businessman and married to the daughter of Azerbaijan's President. So, it's easy to see why he's been called a 'singer with connections'. But he says those big name relatives haven't given him any advantages when it comes to music. SOUNDBITE, Musician, Emin, saying (English): "That actually made things a lot more complicated because having, especially in my home country, having the family name which I have removed from my music career - I only use Emin, there is no last name in it - has raised a lot of questions and brought some prejudice to my music initially. So to break through those barriers is something that a regular, I would say starving musician doesn't have to go through. So it is definitely not an advantage for me." Emin's currently travelling around Europe promoting his new record. He's hoping that'll bring him an even bigger audience. SOUNDBITE, Musician, Emin, saying (English): "So I am hoping that I will be as successful as I am back at home around Europe. But it is a long path that requires dedication and a bit of luck. And good music always, which I think I've got." Emin's new album 'More Amor' is due out globally on March 24th.