Anggun's interview on Showbiz Magazine, France
Showbiz: Youíve done the opening part of Johnny Hallyday this summer? How did the meeting go?
Anggun: Great! Weíve toured all over stadiums in France and Iíve had that great lucky to be able to perform in front of a few thousand people. I was hypnotized. I discovered a Johnny who is close with people
S: And youíre coming back with a duet with David Hallyday. Is it a coincidence?
A: Actually, the coincidence happens to be the fact I played with Johnny! Iíve known David for a while now and Iíve always liked what he does. I think he doesnít have the carrier he deserves. I thought about him, for the second edition of my album. And he came up with the song ďGarde-moiĒ (only the French version has a duet with David, the English version ďA crimeĒ is a solo)
S: Youíve also made a duet with Diamís. Why did you choose her?
A: She was very surprised I contacted her because our fields are so different one from another. And it was precisely the interesting side of it.
S: Have you implied personally in the writing of songs and music in your album?
A: Since Iím not feeling comfortable enough with French yet, I write my songs in English or Indonesian. Then I ask for authorís help who help me adapting the text into French, in order to respect the meaning I want to have.
S: Where do you take your inspiration?
A: Songs are like mirrors of what is going on within my life and around it. My father was a writer and would always explain me that you steal moments of life, when you write. So my songs donít exactly tell my story but they are part of me.
S: What kind of show do you offer on stage, when youíre touring?
A: Itís quite rock. When Iím on stage, I interpret my songs slightly differently from the album version, more like a change of scenery, without disorientating the audience.
S: In 2006, youíve been honored with the ďChevalier des Arts et des LettresĒ title by the Ministry of French Culture. Is it an important reward for you?
A: I was deeply moved and also very surprised. I would have never imagined getting this gift. France is my second home, the one I chose. This reward is like a confirmation. Iím officially a member of this country.
S: Youíre Muslim yet youíre always very sexy and glamour. Is it important for you to prove that being Muslim doesnít necessarily mean you canít be sexy?
A: Indonesia is the biggest Muslim country in the world, and women do not all wear the veil (jilbab). Religion is a personal matter. Iím proud to be Muslim but Iím also proud to be a woman. I assume my femininity.
S: Is it important for you to care for your image?
A: I do that for myself. There are days like anybody I donít feel like wearing anything special. But for the sake of the audience respect, I have to be as good looking as possible. Itís all-in-deal !
S: What do you think about Lebanonís crisis?
A: I was in Beirut a few weeks before the bombings. I know people there. I felt heart-broken. Itís a beautiful country that still hasnít overcome 16 years of war. Lebanese have an incredible strength. Weíre in 2006 and people are still talking about ďnoble warĒ. I think it is tragic. World needs more women in power, because they think differently.
S: Do you think it would be a good thing if SegolŤne Royal was elected president? (SegolŤne Royal is one of the rare women in France having a political carrier and the first running for presidency)
A: I am very surprised that anybody has never imagined before that a woman could be running the country. France is a developed and very civilized country where the right of vote has been established for years. This is not the case in many other countries and yet there have been women in power in these other places, like for example, in Indonesia which is a Muslim country on top of that.
S: How did you become the official spokesman of the United Nations in 2004?
A: I was contacted for a new program called ďMicro creditĒ whose aim is to eradicate world poverty. It gives a financial opening to people who lack of resources and donít have access to banks. France included!
S: What would you take on a desert island?
A: My lover and my Ipod.
S: What could we hear on your MP3 player?
A: Well, it goes from Billie Holyday to Nine Inch Nails, a metal-industrial pop American group that I adore. You would also find Jack Johnson, Martin Rappeneau or Aston Villa.
S: What is your favorite dish?
A: I eat rice every day and I never eat vegetables. A side of this, Iím very fond of meet too! Iím far from being a dietetics example!
S: How do you keep your figure?
A: Iím listening to my body. When Iím hungry I will eat anything, but in small portions.
S: Maybe some sport?
A: Donít! I hate sweating.
S: What is the best love declaration youíve ever gotten?
A: Marry me! I got married in Bali in 2004.
S: What are your three main qualities?
A: Generous, patient and affectionate. My astrological sign is Taurus, so I like tribes. Iím protective and I would do anything for those I love. I canít stand knowing somebody in my circle is lacking of something.
S: What was your greatest professional meeting?
A: Peter Gabriel. We made a duet together last year. I felt like a kid, thanking him every five minutes and not being able to remember the lyrics! He had a great laugh with that.
S: What is your motto?
A: Never have regrets. You have to listen to your heart and always assume your decisions.
S: Which famous person, dead or alive, would you like to invite?
A: Trent Reznor, the leader singer of Nine Inch Nails (laughs)! Heís a genius, the bets producer in the world. Heís the one who started Marilyn Mansonís carrier. I would like to invite Boris Vian too. ďLíťcume des joursĒ was the first book I read in French. I was stunned. I would have never imagined it was possible to write with such subtlety and craziness. The last one would be Madonna, just because sheís Madonna and for all sheís done. I have a deep respect for that artist.
S: Are you interested in fashion?
A: I prefer Italian designers like Dolce Gabanna or Roberto Cavalli who dress me up on stage and for TV. Right now I have a soft sport for Louboutin. When Iím in his boutique, I would try everything, just for the fun of it! Itís so nice to be a woman.
S: What would have you done if you hadnít been a singer?
A: I couldnít draw a strawberry but I have a great admiration for painters. Caravaggio and Boteroís works touch me a lot.
S: What about maternity? Do you think about it?
A: Yes, and itís becoming an obsession! I canít wait for this moment. Without a child, I donít feel complete as a woman. I even hope I will be able to adopt too.
*Merci pour Ayla n Sylona