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GMTV Television Interview

Interviewers: Eamonn Holmes and Anthea Turner

GMTV (UK) 17 November 1995

A preview, up to the bridging section, of 'Anywhere Is' was shown at 7.30am. Enya arrived (a few minutes late) at about 8.55am and the interview lasted about 5 minutes.

Eamonn Holmes: Right... joining us now is a lady that shot to fame at the end of the 1980's with her 'Orinoco Flow', and she's been hitting the top of the charts ever since. Indeed, she is the most successful female solo artist in Britain for a decade, and she rarely gives any interviews at all. So, we are delighted to welcome to the studio, Enya.

Enya: Good morning.

Eamonn Holmes: Why don't you give interviews?

Enya: Purely...

Eamonn Holmes: Too busy! laughs

Enya: ... I'm busy working in the studio, yes.

Eamonn Holmes: This is your first album for... five years?

Enya: Four, four years...

Eamonn Holmes: Four years.

Enya: ... yes.

Eamonn Holmes: Has it really taken that much work to put it together, or have you just decided to have a bit of a rest?

Enya: Well, from Shepherd Moons, which was '91, I spent about a year promoting that world wide; and then I took a year off, which I travelled about for a while; and then two years in the studio, in the making of, The Memory of Trees.

Anthea Turner: I've heard other people say how they've taken a year off, and that... that seems like something that is unattainable to most people. What do you do in a year off?

Enya: Basically, catch up on family and friends; and, try and unwind; and, again, I like to travel.

Anthea Turner: And, of course, with all that you're able to write better music?. Does that help your writing?

Enya: Well, it does inspire, to travel and meet with people. Yes, it does inspire me.

Eamonn Holmes: Umm... Now, not only do you sing on this latest album, of course, but you play every single instrument that we will hear on that. What sort of range would we be talking about there, Enya; what sort of instruments?

Enya: Well, my main instrument is the piano, that's what I compose on, and then I play a little strings, and that would be blended in with synthesisers, and then percussion.

Eamonn Holmes: How did you get your big break?

Enya: Umm... it was with David Puttnam on The Frog Prince, got an opportunity to score the music, and after that I worked with the BBC on The Celts; and then, the first solo album, Watermark.

Eamonn Holmes: And, as I said, you are the most successful, solo, female recording artist in Britain over the past ten years, but you don't... presumably you don't necessarily adhere to the fact that you have to do lots and lots of interviews to keep your profile high, and your records in the charts. It seems to work for you without that.

Enya: Well, I feel that the music sells by itself, and it's... it's nice not to have the pressure of endless interviews, and to have the choice is very good as well.

Eamonn Holmes: We'll bring this one to an end. Your latest single is 'Anywhere Is'.

Enya: It is.

Eamonn Holmes: Any story to tell about that one?

Enya: It's basically about life and the different directions it can take you; it can be anywhere.

Eamonn Holmes: Well, your only direction seems to be up. Enya, thanks for coming in today, lovely to talk to you.

Enya: Thank you very much.

Eamonn Holmes: And that is what we will do. We'll finish this morning with 'Anywhere Is'.

Interview finishes with 'Anywhere Is' played from verse 2 to the fake ending.



Note: Transcribed by Tony Stephens.