Exclusive Interview: Paul Abrahamian Opens Up About Music Project Van Alden

Van Alden, Paul Abrahamian’s pop-noir music project, is back with new music after his self-titled 2018 release. His new EP, You’re Not What You Used To Be, received a premiere on Billboard and is catching many music fans’ attention across the globe. It is beyond relatable for listeners as it touches on loss, heavy emotions and feelings we have all experienced at one point or another. Between its unique sound, both mysteriously and intricately produced, and its genuine lyrics, this is one body of work many should give a listen. In an exclusive interview with CelebMix, Abrahamian opened up about his career and Van Alden in detail.


What can you tell us about your latest EP, You’re Not What You Used To Be, and its overall message?

The new EP is a collection of ideas, experiences and mental challenges that have personally developed my perspectives on life. The overall message is that while we continue to grow and change, we shouldn’t expect those around us to stay the same either. Maybe things don’t workout between two people in life because both parties are no longer who they used to be. Individual growth involves exploring territories that are unfamiliar to you, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It shouldn’t be. 

Who were your musical influences specifically for that body of work? 

I spent a lot of time listening to these inspirational artists throughout the process of this EP: Odezenne, Joji, Radiohead, RIN, Elliot Moss and Portugal.The Man.

You were on Big Brother for two seasons! What was that experience like and what is one lesson you learned from being a part of the show? 

The entire reality tv experience was pretty overwhelming and life changing to say the least. I’m truly blessed to have had the opportunity / experiences that not many get to have. I’m fortunate enough to have been exposed to an incredible fan base throughout these years. 

Was it difficult to transition from reality tv to pursuing a career in music? 

Extremely difficult. Mainly because being on reality tv wasn’t really something I planned, but having a career in music has always been my dream. It’s difficult because I really enjoy reality tv & the entertainment I get to provide, but my soul will always tug at me to pursue music. Getting people to authentically shift their focus on something completely outside of what they know you for has been a little tricky. 

What is the biggest reward of having a platform so far? 

I like to think that I use my platform to promote good. I speak about things that I think are important and I try to inspire the youth that look up to me. I prefer to share my philosophies on life as opposed to peddling bad diet pills and teeth whitening kits. 

If you could collaborate with any artist, who would it be and why? 

If I could currently collaborate with any artist right now, it would probably be Joji. I am so fascinated with the entirety of his work and the music he puts out. I think he’s a genius. 

What can fans look forward to in the near or distant future?

Collaborations, tours, more music [and] more love. We can’t wait to share what we have coming next! 


Thank you, Paul Abrahamian, for taking the time to speak with CelebMix.

Be sure to listen to You’re Not What You Used To Be here.

Follow Van Alden on Twitter and Instagram.

Written by Alessandra

Alessandra is a music journalist from New York who loves to speak and write about music of all different genres. She has interviewed artists such as Alesso, Surf Mesa, and Neon Trees.