Enya: Press photo, sitting at piano


...I don't think of how much I will sell

Manuel de Morales

ABC (Spain) Shows section - 20 November 1997

"When I come into a recording studio
I don't think of how much will I sell"

The Irish singer releases a compilation record

Her peculiar way of understanding music and the very listened to sing 'Orinoco Flow' - a success of unexpected proportions - made her reach world popularity. Enya, the Irish who sells more records in the world after U2, has been in Madrid to introduce her new album, 'Paint the sky with stars'. In this work, Enya comes back to that personal style that brings nature and folk roots together with sweetness and melody.

Interviewer: Lately, The Fugees versioned your 'Boadicea' as the base for their success 'Ready or not'. How did you take that?

Enya: At the moment of the releasing of the record I didn't know that the song had been versioned. Our first reaction was to take the theme out of the album. Another thing that worried me was that everybody who had been versioned appeared in the titles save me. I didn't know The Fugees, I thought they were rap and they had the label of 'ordinary group'. Later, their manager called me and he explained me that they did "hip-hop". I accepted with two conditions: the explanation of my consent in the record and that it were all according to law.

Interviewer: Do you regard yourself as a commercially settled artist?

Enya: My target is still being mainly the music. When I come into a studio
I don't think of how much will I sell. I forget about it. With this work I've felt the same anxiety as with any other else. Success depends on how the public understands my work. That's a goal I use to leave at the door.

Interviewer: Your team has been always the same. What share of responsibility has this had in your success?

Enya: My collaboration with them comes from when I made music for TV series. There is a special privacy among us. I try a melody and they either encourage me or give me a musical alternative to what I make. Our motto is that everything is tried out although it could seem absurd and mad at first.

Interviewer: Was this the moment for a greatest hits record?

Enya: The idea of making such a record was in my contract from the beginning. After promoting the previous record, we thought that it was the right moment. We spent a lot of time listening to the old records and reliving the work of ten years. I think this is the right list. There are for all kinds of tastes: slow, fast and someones that, although they have not appeared as singles, I know by my fans that have been liked a lot.

Interviewer: What do you think about the ones who put you within traditional music?

Enya: 'Watermark' was a record very different musically from what there was at the time of releasing it and I was put on labels such as "new age". Later, with the success, they said it was pop. At the begining, every musician pays attention to how is labeled, but afterwards you end not minding it. Anyway, I do recognize influences coming from religious music, classical music and even from Irish traditional music.

Interviewer: What has it been like to record again?

Enya: Working in the two new themes has tasted as very little. I want to come back to the studio in February. For me, to finish a record is a stop. I come into the studio not thinking of what has happend before, only that it serves as an evolution, as a challenge.

Note: Transcribed by Tomás Román. Translated by: Juan Luis Huerta Martín.