My friend Orlin Nikolov hit me up after seeing all the tabloid press in Bulgaria and asked if he could interview me.
I was happy to oblige.
Here is the actual interview – The only interview I did for Bulgarian press.
Here’s the loose translation of the interview in English 🙂
“I looked for Sean, because I read piles of rubbish sites, anonymous materials on how “Creole from the group of Enrique” was attacked “atrocities in the middle of Sofia”, “Enrique involved in ugly action” – we all know the style of tabloids and this will not surprise anyone. The worst lie was, however, another – that he will remember this incident with Bulgaria. And as recently I know Sean personally, I -decided to check what exactly the truth was. Yellow news are not interesting, so this conversation involves mainly music:
– Hello, Sean! I’m glad that we’re talking again! How are you doing?
What’s up Orlin? 🙂
It was so nice to finally meet you in person the other day.
I’m doing good man, happy to be home and can’t wait for our next show.
– Tell us about your work with Enrique –
What can I say? I had the privilege of joining Enrique and his camp in August of last year and it’s been an incredible experience ever since. Great band, great crew, great boss. What more could I ask for?
I get to travel the world and perform Enrique’s hits in front of thousands of screaming fans. It’s a great feeling.
– We’ve noticed that you didn’t move a lot on that stage that last concert in Sofia
Yeah my knee was a little banged up from an incident we had the night before.
I hope you still enjoyed everyone’s performances.
– Tell us about this weird accident that happened in the center of the town
Eh, not much to say, it could have happened anywhere.
It was just a freak accident.
While a few of us were walking to dinner in downtown Sofia, we came across a couple of punks who were looking for a fight. They started beating our bass player out of nowhere.
While the other guitarist and I rushed to help him we had a quick little altercation. Nothing major at all. Everyone escaped unharmed except for my knees, haha. They just got scraped when I fell on the floor. Like I said, nothing major. These things unfortunately happen all over the world and I’m very thankful no one got hurt. I’m also thankful to the good Samaritans (locals and foreigners) who came to help us out and made sure we all got back to the hotel safely.
– And did this accident affect you – some yellow newspapers said it will be the thing that you’ll remember Sofia by
Not at all…maybe it will go in the vault of my tour stories!
I have some wonderful friends in L.A. that are from Bulgaria.
I’ve also made some nice friends in Bulgaria (like yourself).
What I DO remember is a GREAT show with awesome fans! Also, a guy in the crowd proposed to his girlfriend (now fiancé) on the stage that night.
– We love your other band, Smash Mouth – do you have some new material? When can we expect a new album, we are waiting for new songs since 2012
You know, Enrique’s been keeping me very busy on the road.
I haven’t done a show with Smash Mouth in a few months now. But to the best of my knowledge from talking to the guys, they are working on some new material.
We also have a live album that is coming out, but it’s through Sony…so, I’m not sure what their plans are for releasing it. It’s really cool actually. It sounds amazing. Our drummer Jason Sutter produced it and it came out awesome!
– And if Smash Mouth goes on a European Tour, would you consider performing again in Sofia
I’d love to come to Sofia again, with Smash Mouth, Enrique Iglesias, or just for fun with my wife.
I hope it will be sooner rather than later.
See you soon on a stage near you 🙂