In his latest conversation for the “At Home With” series on Apple Music 1, Zane Lowe is joined by Enrique Iglesias, which tells about his new album Final (Vol. 1), the will to end his recording career and the first inspirations, such as Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and George Michael. He also talks to Apple Music about separating his musical ambitions from his father’s success (especially in the early stages of his career), why he declined several residency offers in Las Vegas, trusting his intuition, how he defines success and gratitude, and much more.
The release of the new album Final (Vol. 1)
«My first album dates back to 1995. I was a kid. Yup, I wanted to release this album in 2017, but then it became ’18, then ’19 and ’20. And now here we are in 2021. Sure, music moves faster today, and so does the creative process, which can be a bit stressful. But it’s also a good test for songs. If you leave them aside, then listen to them again a year later and they still sound good to you, then that’s a good sign. I have always focused on the music, the song, the writing process. For me that’s what matters most, after all ».
Trust your intuition
«I don’t mean to sound presumptuous, but I never ask anyone’s opinion because I want to trust my intuition and make sure it doesn’t alter my feelings about the song. I mean, I’m always open to listening to other people’s ideas, but in that case I try to block it and just focus on the song. How did it make me feel when I wrote it? It’s always good to focus on that first instinct and how it made you feel. ‘
The definition of success according to Enrique Iglesias
«For me, success is defined by how you feel and your ability to surround yourself with positive people. Especially when you have a family, especially when you want to get up every day with a smile. If you are down in the dumps and your self-esteem is low, then everyone around you will be affected as well. It is important to choose who to surround yourself with. For me, success comes down to the people around you, the positivity of their energy and how they make you feel happy ».
«Music is that thing that, when you write a song or there is that such piece that resonates well with your fans, it’s hard to describe.. I think U2’s Bono once said, “When you have a song that works or a hit, people smile at you a little more. Receive more calls ”. That’s it. It just makes you feel better. That’s what I’m looking for with my music ».
“I want it to bond with people and be welcomed, that’s why I work so hard. Then I always play it for my children. I have two twins who are three years old and another one and a half years old, I usually play them some of the songs and see their reaction. A funny thing, especially with the twins ».
The influence of Michael Jackson, Bruce Springsteen and George Michael
“I started falling in love with the idea of performance when I was 13 or 14. I remember two artists in particular and their concerts. Indeed, three. One was Michael Jackson, another Bruce Springsteen and finally George Michael. I saw them here at the Miami stadium. I remember looking at them and thinking, “Wow, I wish I was like them. I want to know how it feels on stage surrounded by 60,000 people singing your songs; songs that mean so much to you ”».
“They were phenomenal. They were incredible performers. Bruce still is, perhaps my favorite of all time, a real inspiration. I started more from a songwriter perspective, it was like therapy for me. But as I got older I said to myself, “I want to be able to get on stage and sing these songs”. Another thing I did was take their songs and write my lyrics and melodies on them. My songwriting process started like this ».
Enrique Iglesias’ will to separate his musical ambitions from his father’s success
«I was a very rebellious boy. I was not doing well in school and I really wanted to separate my music from my father’s. For some reason I thought that if I revealed what I really wanted to do – I’ve always been a bit superstitious – then it wouldn’t happen. Even today I think if I had told my family “I want to make music. I want to have a record deal, go on tour and do this and that, ”for some reason that wouldn’t have happened. This gave me a lot of stress, but fear has always kept me alert – and even independent – even when I had a career underway ».
“Fortunately, I never had to look back. Things just go on. If in 1995 – when I was 17 and signed my first contract – I had asked “Do you see yourself in twenty years doing this again, with some degree of success?”, I would have replied: “I am not the pale. idea”. But it was something I loved and still love. This is what makes me look forward ».
Growing up in the USA without a mother
«When I moved to the United States it was a radical change. It was especially difficult in the first three years: my mom didn’t live there. But at the same time today I look at everything from a musical perspective, in the sense that it has conditioned my life, and I think: “There is always something positive even when something negative happens” ».
The new album by Enrique Iglesias and the end of his recording career
«In 2015 or 2016 I was shooting a video and it just occurred to me that my next album was supposed to be my last. There is a Vol. 1 and a Vol. 2 because I have to respect a record deal, to be honest. The label said: “You can release this album, but you always want new records”. So I said: “Ok, let’s do volume 1 and 2” ».
«I feel like I’m in a new chapter in my life and making an album is a grueling process for me. I will continue to write songs and may release new music in the future. It just won’t be in the format of an album. Writing a song can take me five years or five minutes. And I write most of the things in my house. So it’s doable, but this is my latest album. I made this decision in 2016-17 and I am still convinced of it ».
The song All About You
“That song is very sincere. Staying at home for a year and a half without going anywhere, and being with the love of my life … When you travel or go to the office you don’t see each other constantly, but when you are together all the time, seven days a week, for a year and a half, the relationship either strengthens or breaks up. There were moments of fragility, but luckily it became strength ».
Gratitude for the family
“I’ve always been anxious. I feel blessed to have been in a position to do what I love, what inspires me, and make a living from what is crazy to me. I am grateful that I have an incredible family, and I am surrounded by people who work with me. They are my family too. They have been with me for 20 or 25 years. Always the same ».
Because he turned down Las Vegas residency offers
“Because I don’t feel like performing in the same city every night. At least for now. I’ve been asked to do this for the past 5, 6, 7, 8 years, and I’ve always said no. I’ll probably say no even in three or four years. I like to travel, to go to different cities. In each city I learn something. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve been to the same city: every time I find something different there. I love it. There is always something different in the fans, and I love meeting different fans ».