Interview: Sandra Cretu
Herbert Groenemeyer, where one has to ''look
after the lyrics'', and she doesn't want to be
that way. Sandra simply wants to entertain her
audience and describes herself as the ''voice of
the 80's''. Absolutely right. The ex-wife of hit
producer Michael Cretu has already freed herself
from her husband with her comeback album ''The
Art Of Love'' back in 2007, and she ''puked her
soul out of her body'' with that album, she told
KWICK! in the interview. Now the next album
''Back To Life'' is ready to be launched by the
mother of two kids. And the album title seems to
be meant word by word.
"Back to life"
Source: Virgin Records
|''I was a
bird in a golden cage''
The talking voice of
the 80's icon sounds surprisingly "crispy",
like Sandra describes it herself during our
meeting. "Meanwhile I have to train it to
sing the high tones the same way I did in earlier
times. But you can work that out, that is no
problem", she smiles. The 46 year old woman
is surprisingly calm and happy. "My whole
feeling in life has changed", she describes
the realisation and production of her new album.
"By the time of the last album I just
seperated from Michael and I wrote the lyrics for
it all by myself. He always told me to leave that
to other people, but at that point I was in a
mood, where I put my heart into the lyrics and
spit out my soul that way. This album was some
sort of psychic therapy for me. I was at home all
the time back then and worked 24 hours a day just
to get on. 'Back To Life' was a real fun album
compared to this!" she admits. "Michael
always held me back a little too much. I was a
bird in a golden cage. But now my way leads away
want to put the German people under my thumb''
And this is meant
musically and privately alike. Her new friend
Olaf Menges seems to give her the freedom she
never had with her ex-husband, producer and
Enigma creator Michael Cretu. "Michael
always demanded me to stay at home with the
children. Olaf supports me now, to do more live
shows. I plan a real world tour this time, Asia,
South America, the Arabian Emirates, the people
there ask so often and want to see me. In Germany
it is different, sometimes I get the feeling,
they do not want it so much. In Japan I fill
concert halls with 40.000 people, in Germany I am
sure that I don't get such an audience together",
she laughs. What could be the reason for this?
Shouldn't the German people be proud of having
such a successful singer on her side? "In
Germany the people always do the math and count
the sales, you have to be at least in the top
five of the charts. In Asia the people come in
masses, simply because I am there! Because they
know me! But I don't want to set the Germans
under pressure, maybe in part they don't even
know, that they have any good entertainers."
teamwork with Thomas Anders
And Sandra doesn't
just mean herself with that. On her new album
there is a special surprise for all the 80's
lovers: For the duet "The Night Is Still
Young" she teamed up with ex-Modern Talking
star Thomas Anders, whom she describes as "the
leading male vocalist of the 80's". "The
teamwork with Thomas was pure coincidence",
Sandra remembers. "He has a house on Ibiza
like me, and we met at the beach. The idea of the
song came from Olaf. Thomas thought about it and
said 'I never did that before, but with you... at
once!'. So we went in the studio, I gave him the
text, he took a ten minute break, sang it and it
was perfect right away!", Sandra laughs.
"This will also be the second single from
the new album", she adds.
She's full of
energy and self-assured
Source: Virgin Records
|''I don't get
my boys to make a band!''
Sandra has more than
30 years of music experience. Her career began at
the age of 16 in the girlband Arabesque, together
with them she became a superstar in Japan. And
she remembers her very first appearance in Asia.
"We stood on stage, with our backs towards
the audience. As we turned around it almost hit
me like a stroke. Suddenly you look into the
faces of more than 70.000 people, that's crazy.
You don't have such big concert halls here in
Germany, just football stadiums can hold such a
crowd." Meanwhile she has two sons, her
twins Nikita and Sebastian are 13 years old.
"They begin to look after the girls",
Sandra smiles. And what about music? Is it
necessary for the kids of music stars to follow
the steps of their moms and dads? "Nikita
plays drums very well and Sebastian plays bass
and electric guitar", she tells. "But I
don't get them to create a band. They visit an
English private school and the teachers tell them
there that you can only play music as a hobby,
and that you cannot earn money with it - that's
nonsense", she says and puts her long curly
hair out of her face. She isn't a forcing mother
anyway: "We didn't force our children to
become musicians, instead we thought that if they
want to do it they come up with it themselves."
single "In a Heartbeat" will
be released on 6 March 2009
Source: Virgin Records
power and energy behind it again''
For Sandra herself,
this never was a question bothering her. She
always wanted to be on stage. "Maybe I had
played in a theater, because this also was a
small dream of me, but I always wanted to be on
stage somehow. That I became a singer was
coincidence. Because some day I simply entered a
stage and began to sing, I was discovered.
Thinking about that after so many years I have to
say I was very keen then!" But it was this
courage that made Sandra to one of the best known
and most successful female voices of our times.
And her unique voice comes to full force on the
new album, although the music style has changed a
little this time. "It is a very happy album,
some latin pop, some New York pop, all mixed up
well and of course you can hear my new feeling of
life in every song. There is power and energy
behind the album again and that's why the album is
called "Back To Life", she smiles.
starlet to a showbiz icon
behaviour or not - at the end of the interview we
couldn't resist to tell Sandra that our rooms
were filled with posters of her to more than 80
percent as we were kids. That made her very proud.
"How sweet", she smiles. And although
she has evolved from a pop starlet to a showbiz
icon in all those years, and although she is a
successful business woman meanwhile, she still
remains our sweet tiny Sandra somehow.
to English by Harry