In 2020, the worst year for music, Ana Mena was propelled like a rocket thanks to two consecutive successes that made her one of the most listened to Spanish artists both in Spain and Italy, which has outlined her for many “eurofans” as the perfect replacement for Blas Cantó in Eurovision 2022.
“It’s a very big responsibility and it’s not that it scares me, but maybe right now I’m very focused on the songs that are about to come out and on composing in the studio. I don’t think it was the time to go to Eurovision … Although you never know”, Responds to Efe in that regard.
With her latest great success, “A un paso de la luna”, she has just won two nominations for the Odeón Awards in the categories of best song and best video clip, and also has seen its total views multiply even more. Only ten Spanish artists, including her, have managed to exceed 100 million “clicks”.
“2020 has been a good year as far as possible, people have welcomed the songs very well and that is important, because I make music because it is my passion, but also so that the public receives and enjoys them,” he says .
The road is long, however. Mena (Estepona, 1997) started singing at age 7, won children’s competitions such as the “Premios Veo Veo” and she took the role of Marisol in the biopic that was made for television.
Then came the cinema (Pedro Almodóvar gave him the opportunity in “La piel que habito” to embody the younger version of Antonio Banderas’ daughter) and the musical series for the small screen “Vivo cantando”, moment from which he focused his steps more conscientiously on his facet as a singer.
“Whenever it is possible to combine music and interpretation, I am delighted, because they go together. When you sing a song, you count it too. But it is true that music is my life, my passion, and that I dedicate one hundred percent of my time to it. If I had more, more would I give“Says this artist who has just been confirmed from the Netflix fiction” Welcome to Eden “.
It was in 2015 when she released her single “No soy como tú crees”, a retro-sounding pop song in the style of Meghan Trainor, which has little to do with her current style more attached to urban Latin.
“She was a growing artist, studying herself; Today I am too, because it never stops improving and evolving, but at 18 years of age, even more so ”, says this artist who is common to see her change register.
Regarding this elasticity, which led her to collaborate in subsequent years with artists with a more Latin profile such as CNCO, Gente de Zona or Becky G, she insists: “Every day I meet and every day I change, but that does not mean that I have not found ”.
Following his nose, in 2018 he decided to focus his attention on the opposite shore, that of the Mediterranean. “When we looked at how to get music out of the country, the first impulse was Latin America, but it gave us the feeling that the European scene was being ignored, where there are musicians with a lot of personality,” he explains.
Thus came the opportunity to collaborate with an Italian artist named Fred de Palma who was also beginning to develop his music with a song called “D’estate non vale”.
“I had no idea of Italian. I remember that they asked me for a voice memo on WhatsApp to see how the song came out of tone and that I recorded it in my bathroom at home. I had no idea what was to come, ”he says.
What motivated her were “the good vibes” of a song that, “when it finished, you wanted to play again.” They were not mistaken and the good results in Italy led them to repeat the formula, this time with a song titled “Una volta ancora”, another even more impressive success that came to Spain renamed “Se iluminaba”.
It can be said that, in some way, the evolution of this theme was a metaphor for what Mena’s own career had been like. “It was a song that was asleep and, when he woke up, it lasted more than a year,” he says about what in 2020 was the second most played song on Spotify Spain.
“Continuing that gave us a lot of tension and responsibility, but ‘A un paso de la luna’ turned out to be quite successful,” says Mena about this collaboration with another transalpine artist, Rocco Hunt, which has consolidated her as a celebrity in Italy, where she is currently He looks for a fixed house for his continuous comings and goings.
It is not surprising, therefore, that his most immediate musical plans speak both Spanish and Italian. “There is a lot of music to come in both languages”, warns this national diva who will star tomorrow in a free “streaming” concert of the “Vodafone yu Music Shows” and who is ready to leave her stamp also in 2021.
As she sings, “Ana Mena: from Malaga to the world”.