Friday, 11 October 2013


He's got more than 30 million views on youtube, but I'm pretty sure you didn't know..

Enigma is a new age band formed in 1990 by Michael Crețu (born 18 May 1957, Bucharest, Romania), David Fairstein and Frank Peterson. The Romanian-born Crețu  (I still don't get the very popular term 'Romanian-born' on Wikipedia. I think 'Romanian' is just enough people!) conceived the Enigma project while working in Germany, but based his recording studio A.R.T. Studios in Ibiza, Spain, from the early 1990s until May 2009, where he has recorded all of Enigma's studio releases to date. Crețu is both the composer and the producer of the project. His former wife, pop singer Sandra, often provided vocals on Enigma tracks.

In 2002, Crocodile-Music, Crețu's management company, stated that 100 million Cretu-produced records had been sold worldwide. By the year 2008, Michael Cretu's Enigma project had sold over 50 million studio albums according to his official site.

Crețu is Ion Voicu's nephew (Romanian violin-player and former director of the Bucharest Philarmonic). His uncle was the one who told Michael's parents that he had talent in music and as such he started studying Music in Bucharest, Paris and Frankfurt.


Michael Cretu owned 3,000 square meter Moroccan-style mansion in Ibiza (you can even watch a video about it here) that took 9 years to build, and it's reported to have contained a state-of-the-art recording studio.

The Spanish press reports that Cretu started building his lavish villa without planning permission, which was only later issued by San Antonio’s town hall. He then built a house bigger than authorised, by which time local green activist groups were pushing the authorities to take action against the property. After years of legal action the Spanish supreme court ruled, in 2003, that the property was illegally built in an area of maximum environmental protection with an illegal building licence, and should be demolished. Even a special law introduced specifically to help Cretu keep his property, passed by a former Balearic Government (run by a corruption-scandal plagued Popular Party administration), was not enough to prevent the demolition order.

Tearing down the property, located in the Ibizan municipality of Sant Antoni, in the North West of the island, took about 3 weeks and cost around 350,000 Euro.

Cretu’s lawyer has suggested that the property was only demolished because his client was a foreigner and a celebrity. Some local residents told the Spanish press they deplored the cost and demolition of a mansion. In response to the demolition, Cretu is now seeking damages of 18 million Euro.

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