ENOKA - Music Interview
Enoka is a Swedish a solo singer and a background vocalist. Her background vocals can be heard on tracks for artists including Arash, Gunter, pop-star singer Margaret (Poland), Bobby Farrell (from Bony M), and Swedish artists including John Lundvik (Swedish Melodifestival 2019/Globe), and Loulou Lamott (singer in The MAMAS) who represented Sweden in Eurovision 2020.
Introduced by producer and songwriter, Andreas Stone, Enoka and Thomas Cederholm co-wrote "Queen of the Floor." Cederholm is a Gold and Platinum award-winning songwriter and producer. His releases include Hey! Say! JUMP (JPN), Nissy (JPN), Kis-My-Ft2 (JPN), and “Love Yourself" which was co-written/performed by Günther (SE) in Finlands UMK 2017. Enoka have also been working with the Swedish producers, Andreas Stone and Anderz Wrethov. Both Andreas, Anderz and Tomas have sold millions of copies and streams worldwide.
Anna Marie Enoka (born 10 december 1980) was adopted from Sri Lanka and came to Sweden when she was 2 months old. She grew up in Vellinge, a small suburb to Malmö, Sweden, where she still lives today. She attended a performance arts high-school. Her passion has always been singing and performing as well as recording in the studio. Get to know Enoka through 10 intriguing questions that explore her career as an artist. Was there something (an experience) or someone in your life that was the "catalyst" for you to start writing music? Tell us about it.
This it the first time I actually wrote a song of my own, together with Tomas Cederholm. I have been spoiled, working with producers who have given me ready-made songs to record for other artists which I could then use as my own demos for PR. My husband gave me the line at the dinner table "Queen of the Floor." He said, "What about Queen of the Floor???" I said, "Hell Yeah.. and I went to the studio and Tomas and I came up with everything step by step.
It's hard to believe this is your first song! You are very talented. So, let's get this out of the way. What is the CRAZIEST thing that has ever happened to you in your music career?
When I was in the Swedish Melodifestalen 2008 as a background singer and our contribution won in the finals and we went for the grand finale in the Globe in Stockholm. We played with Sweden's greatest artists there, and our win was a completely crazy and fun experience that I will never forget. Thank´s to my friend Anderz Wrethov for pulling me into the experience.
Melodifestalen sounds amazing. Was that the high point of your music path?
Hard to pick, but yes, definitely Melodifestivalen. Also doing background vocals on tracks for artists like Bobby Farrell, Bony M and the Swedish singer John Lundvik, who won the Swedish song Contest 2019, and live background vocals live for Loulou Lamotte and for all the amazing producers in Sweden who I proudly mention like Andreas Stone and Anderz Wrehov who is a big part of Sweden's, and the worlds', best songs and where I am today.
So, how do you approach songwriting or what is your creative process like?
I love to have a story first in my head. I need to have the picture of it all, and then I can get creative. That's why it was so fun that my husband gave me the line "Queen on the Floor." It gave me a vision that I brought with me to the studio and to Tomas Cederholm.
You have been very successful as a background singer and now as a solo singer. What do you see as the biggest challenge facing Indie Artists today? Or, if you could ask the music industry to change one thing, what would it be?
That your career wasn't so independent on streams. We cant live without them and hallelujah for Spotify so don't get me wrong. We are following the technique and this is our way now. But, I loved the feeling of buying a CD and having music videos on MTV. I am an old fashion girl there. Lets remember the feeling of buying a CD, that whole package, and the next step of sponsoring an artist, the record label, the PR people... for all the work they/we are going through for the passion we love to give to our fans. A CD was almost like the price for the crew behind it all.
If you could share the stage with one other artist or band, who would it be and why?
Mary J Blige, the Queen of Soul. She has everything: the voice, the steps, the radiance, the glare, but always has her feet on earth if you ask me. What an honor. Soul music has stolen my heart for a long time and it's a big part of my musical life even today.
What are your rehearsals generally like? Or, how do you prepare for a live show?
I do a lot of live gigs with my amazing band. I listen a lot to the songs that I'm performer to get inspiration, do a lot of singing exercises, and practice with my band so we deliver top class. My band plays with many Swedish artists so it is not difficult to sound good with these musicians.
Pick one song that was your greatest challenge to write. Tell us about it!
Since this is the first song I wrote, it was a little challenging to get started. But with the right people around you, as in my case Tomas, it was not that difficult at all. We quickly had a common picture of how the song should sound, what the sound should be, and what we wanted out of this song. To give inspiration for a happy feeling was a top one, the sound of that extra 80's feeling that we both love, and for people to get the song stuck in their heads. HAHA.
What's coming up in the future?
More collaborations with producers and new songs. A sequel to "Queen on the Floor" is in the making.
Tell us where fans can access your music?
Listen on Spotify.
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