“We have no idea of what we will do from now on, but what we know is that the band stops performing. What can be said is that most probably we will release a DVD from this live show in the next few months.”
Bucharest was proud to perform the last concert of the tour and of the group itself, and what a show it was! Even though in the beginning seeing a group of monks on stage, all dressed in black, performing live, might not sound as an entertaining experience, one couldn’t be more wrong. It soon transforms itself in an event that nobody would want to have an end, where all people, including the singers, would feel theirs souls alive, being able only to appreciate this one time performance and to secretly ask themselves what would be next. Not even mentioning that their guest singer is Narcis Iustin Ianau, a voice that is not for the ears but for the hearts.
by Raluca Iorga & Cristian Iacobescu
Why did you choose Romania as a last destination for your Goodbye Tour. Did you think to make it even more special here?
Basically, it happened by accident, just like that! We think, it was a list running up with other locations, which might have happened, but for reasons which we are not part to, did not happen. However, the one thing we all knew is that we really wanted to do it because of this young man here (pointing Narcis Iustin Ianau). The fact is that Romania is such a special place and we did want to come to Bucharest and because other locations didn’t happen, here we are now, finishing here.
Why do you say goodbye after all? Are you planning to come back?
There are lots of reasons that currently cannot be dealt into but, in the last years we always had a plan, a strategy for the next 3,4 years, of what we will chant, what kind of show we will produce, and now that plan is over and we didn’t make any plans for the future. And actually we have no idea of what we will do from now on but what we know is that the band stops performing after tonight. What can be said is that most probably we will release a DVD from this live show in the next few months.
That’s pretty sad because this is such an interesting and unique project. How did you get to make it happen?
There was a movie which introduced us to chant, and when we saw it, we knew that we had to do something about it, at some point. A few years later, I was in Spain where I heard monks singing live, and from some distance some rhythm, so the two things combined, chant and pop music, it was a huge hit in my head for start, which actually took shape in Enigma, which sold 16,17 million albums. Then, 10 years after Enigma, we thought that we have to do something else about it and this time it was not chant combined with pop music but the other way around, pop music played in chant, which we got to do for the last 16 years.
What was your biggest challenge with this project?
The most rewarding and challenging thing was to turn this into a very entertaining show, because the music is pretty much one directional and to turn this into people having fun for two hours, yes, that was a challenge. And we managed that pretty well.
Your live performances contain so much emotion. Which are the elements that can create this intensity?
Richard Naxton: Speaking as one of the singers, it’s a number of things, but particularly the most important is the connection we have with the audience and the energy we get back, the reaction we get from them. And obviously we do our best to perform with lots of energy and emotion, any way, and to interpret the music and words in such a way it can mean something to the audience watching it. But that’s made a lot easier and more fun for us if we do get that reaction from them; their energy helps giving us more energy and makes the whole thing grow. It’s an exchange of energy. Basically, each night, the audience reaction and the vibe that’s on stage, that flows back and forward it’s kind of hyping each other, it starts very calm and towards the end it’s like a party show.