Enrique Iglesias is a multi-platinum Grammy winning singer-songwriter who has remained humbled and touched by his fans and the opportunities he’s given to work with some of his personal idols. In this interview Enrique talks about his music being featured on a fitness game, Jersey Shore, and his new album!
One of your songs is on the fitness game Dance Dance Revolution for Wii. How does it feel to help people get in shape and beautify themselves with the help of your music?
Enrique: I didn’t know that! I’ve seen that game before in the movies. I think that’s cool, that’s fun! I used to be addicted to Nintendo, so I finally had to stop so I could get work done.
Your new single is hitting up the charts. Congratulations on that!
Enrique: Thank you.
You worked with Pitbull and Lionel Richie on that song. How was that experience?
Enrique: It was fun. *laughs* It was definitely different. Pitbull has so much energy. Pitbull grew up in Miami, so he’s like a Miami guy. One of his friends was my classmate, that was fun. He came to the studio with him, and I never knew they worked together. I’d worked with Lionel Richie in the past. He’s a great guy. Very down to earth. He’s a legend. He’s someone you can sit with and he can tell you so many stories and you can learn so much from.
“I Like It” is the first single on the Jersey Shore soundtrack. Are you a fan of the show?
Enrique: I’ve watched the show a few times and I have to admit that you do get hooked by it. But now with the guys…Because you watch the show, and you obviously watch drama and fighting and all of that. It comes to point where you’re thinking ‘it’s going to be chaotic when you meet these guys’. It was a pleasure to work with them. I honestly mean this, the kids were so nice. They were so easy to work with. You can tell that they know what’s going on. It’s gotta be tough one day you’re not known and suddenly you’re famous, your popular. You think it’s in peoples head. The guys seemed down to earth. For me it was easy to work with them. I got to hang with them. Now, after being around them and getting to know them a little bit, I’m actually going to watch every single show just because I support them. I think they’re cool, they’re good guys. No matter how much you think you know someone just by watching them on tv, you truly don’t know them until you meet them in person. Some people you think are going to be awful and they end up being aweful and vice versa. You can’t judge people by what you see on tv. And reality shows? C’mon, they’re not really reality shows anymore. They’re kind of scripted in a way. That’s what tv’s become. They call it reality…but it’s really a show. I mean think about it…you have 5 cameras around you, they have to kind of set it up.
You had a benefit concert for Haiti a few months ago. You’re using your music and lending your voice to change lives. How was that experience?
Enrique: It was great. It was great to work with other artists that I truly admire. We raised 2.5 million dollars and are going to build a hospital for kids in Haiti. That was what we set out to accomplish, and we were able to do it.
For your new album, you spent 3 years in the making.
Enrique: 3 years in the writing process. The production side of it was a year and a half total. Some songs I wrote 2 years ago, some 3 years ago, some 6 months ago, it depends.
Enrique’s new album, Euphoria drops today in stores so be sure to pick up a copy!