ABC TV in New York: televised on Dec. 11, 1997 (previously recorded)
Transcribed by: Annie Gomez
Setting: White linens hanging from the ceilings, covering every inch
of the walls and the floor.
(Debbie Matenopoulos, one of 4 hosts of the show, is introducing Vanessa-Mae,
who is standing behind her dressed in a red Chinese-style short
dress like she is wearing on the free poster of the I
Feel Love single and a knee-length black boots.)
DM: At only 19 years old, violinist Vanessa-Mae is taking the music world
by storm. Her first album, appropriately named
The Violin Player, sold over 3 million copies and
shes been winning praise and honours ever since. Her latest album
China Girl combines traditional Chinese music
with her strong Chinese roots. Now, here to perform Im
A-Doun For Lack OJohnnie, from her first classical
album, is Miss Vanessa-Mae!
(Vanessa performing to a record of Im A-Doun For Lack OJohnnie
and is joined by her mother on keyboard, a bass player, a
drummer and two female dancers dressed in African-styled
outfits. Directly behind and above Vanessa is a tv showing
silhouette flashes of her, her band and the two African-attired
(The song is finished and the audience applaudes.)
DM: That was amazing! Wow!
(Debbie and Vanessa greet each other with a kiss on the cheeks.)
VM: Thank you!
DM: Youre so angelic! Your voice is gorgeous! Lets step
right over here. Wow!
(They both go to where the two bar stools are.)
VM: Can I sit over here?
DM:Go right ahead! Im no violin player but I can play a hell
of a song on spoons and Ill teach you later if you want.
(Both are now sitting on the stools, Vanessa is on Debbies left.)
VM: Id like for you to have a go!
DM: (laughing) Now, Im A-Doun For Lack OJohnnie!
What does that mean?>
VM: Well...its an old Scottish folk poem. And ummm...its
called Im A-Doun For Lack OJohnnie.
My interpretation is that its an old Scottish folk song about
a girl whos singing about her lost love. You know,
Scotland was a voyaging nation and its just a very
romantic folk song.
DM: Its beautiful! Now, in most cases or in some cases, people dont
wanna take young people seriously.
DM: But in your case, I kind of feel like its the opposite. I
mean youre a child prodigy.
VM: Yes, I was. I guess when I was 11, when I was 12 but now Im
19, I dont think m a child prodigy anymore.
DM: Well, not anymore. Youre definitely not a child. Now, when
did you start playing the violin?
VM: When I was 5 years old. Yeah...a very long time ago at school.
It was just a hobby at that time. When I was 8, that was when
I decided to take it very seriously.
DM: Do you ever feel like you missed out on just being a kid?
DM: You know...on just hanging out?
VM: No. I think I had my teenage years like everybody. I did, perhaps,
slightly different things but I had great memories from the last
few years of my life. Definitely.
DM: Well...youve definitely done very well for yourself! Now,
let me get this straight (Debbie pulls out a piece of paper
and starts to read. Vanessa peaks over.)... Okay. Youre
already the fastest selling classical solo artist.
VM: I think so...yeah.
DM: (continues to read) Youre the first classical artist to appear
on the Billboard Dance Music Chart. And just
last year, youre already named, at 18, one of
Peoples 50 Most Beautiful People.
VM: That was really sweet.
DM: Now, truly, at this point in the interview, I would ask you whats
next? but is there anything left, Vanessa? Youve
VM: Well...I enjoy being a pop violinist as well as a classical
violinist. Whatever I play, whatever I like.
You know? I choose to do all my violin. But at the moment,
its a classical album. Next year, Im coming back in
February for a different kind of an album. So...I love variety in
my life. Thats the main thing. Anything.
DM: Ya! You definitely have a lot of it! Now, just one more question
before we go.
DM: Out of curiosity, whats your favourite band? Modern day.
VM: Modern day? I think that ummm...I just did a song with the Scorpions
a few months ago.
VM: Yes, Scorpions. But then people like...old bands like Santana, then
people like Jamiroquai, Smash Mouth, Michael Jackson. Always
different people. Variety.
DM: Well...next time youre in town if theyre around, were
going to see a show together.
VM: Absolutely! Yes! Good idea!
DM: (holding up the CD) See this China Girl? You guys go
out and buy it! Stick around! Well be right back! (looking
at Vanessa) Thank you so much!
VM: Thank you!