QUESTION: When and where will you be touring for the album?
STING: When and where? The album will come out in September, I hope. We'll
tour the States in October. Uh1 October fifteenth we start in Las Vegas.
Auspicious beginning. Then we tour the west coast, then we'll tour America
until uh, for Christmas, I'll have Christmas off and then I will tour in
Europe, then probably back to the States for the summer and then I don't know.
It's moot. I mean, it depends on many factors. Uh, levels of~exhaustion, levels
of ~ih, enthusiasm, both our enthusiasm and the enthusiasm of the world. Who
knows, I don't know.
Question: You haven't worked too much as an actor, lately.
Sting: I haven't worked, lately. Neither as an actor nor as a musician.
Sting: Because I have been through one of my periods of dryness. It's my
working form. I don't work all the time. I don't work over long periods in
which nothing comes to my mind, and suddenly that process reverts and I start
working desperately. Fortunately, in the last months I have become very
creative. You have heard nothing, but I'm preparing a new album, that is going
to be released in September. It is called "The Lovers". There will be
twelve songs that are love stories as well, told from different angles, they
are not necessary personal stories and that's part of the attractiveness for
Question: Why aren't they personal?
Sting: Because I've done it in the past already, I have confessed my life
through my songs. I no longer need my creativity to be therapeutical.
Question: Could you talk about which have been your principal musical
Sting: That would be a very long interview, and I have come here to talk
about the film (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels).
Question: Well, talking about the film, did you act because your wife, the
executive pruducer of the film asked you, or because the character really
Sting: I have to say that the enthusiasm my wife had for the movie was very
contagious. She came with the script and with a small demo of what the movie
was going to be like, and all of it had so much energy. She was convinced that
it was going to be a sucessful movie, and she suggested to me that I act for
free, just to help the people that were making the film. And I accepted,
because I trusted blindly in her instinct. And I must admit she was right
because the movie has been a great success.
Question: Have you ever said "no" to one of her projects?
Sting: No, I'm clever enough to know that she's more intelligent than me,
and that when she says something to me, she has her reasons and that I do well
in letting her do what she wants to. In that sense, we have always got along
Question: The other two members of The Police have announced that they are
touring soon. Did you know about that?
Sting: Of course. The "Police Tribute Tour"...
Question: What do you think about the project?
Sting: I can't wait to see them...
Question: Are you going to see them?
Sting: Of course. I'm going to be in the first row..
Question: You have been through many phases in your musical career. After
The Police you had a jazzy period where you played with Branford Marsalis. You
say you are now in a new phase, in which direction you are heading now?
Sting: All these influences you mentioned, they still interest me. I still
like pop, jazz, latin american music (specially Brazilian)... I still like
classical music... I hope all these influences help me to grow in an organic
way, and help me to be a better musician and a better composer...
Question: Sting sounds different now than ten years ago?
Sting: Yes, I think the sound is different now because technology is
different. My music is much more different now than it was five years ago,
because all music sound has changed because of technology, and I'm sure that in
the next five years it is going to change in the same way. As a musician, I
don't necessarily have to follow this change of sound, but I have to be aware
of the changes.
Question: What do you do when you are in those periods of dryness? Sting: I
panic... But then I calm down when I realise that it is part of a circle, and
that I'm going to be creative again.
Question: Do you feel obliged to be creative? At this stage of your life,
you could rest...
Sting: That is the same as asking me if I still feel the need for
breathing. I'm used to living a creative life, to create all the time. It's
something that happens to every artist. You have to create. It's not something
you do to kill time, it's a real necessity.
Question: Where is your work in the music of "Kingdom of the
Sun"? Sting: I keep working with them. We have been collaborating for more
than a year. We are exchanging ideas all the time and generating new
Question: Did you say yes to Disney because you are interested in Latin
Sting: It's possible that it was one of the reasons why Disney put their
interest in me, because the story happens in the old Inca empire. I accepted
because the challenge was writing music for children. It was something I have
never done before, a real shame for a father of six. So, I was puzzled to see
if I could do it or not. It's been a hard task...
Question: All the time new The Police anthologies are being released, does
this surprise you? Sting: Of course that makes me feel good, the fact that
people keep remembering The Police. But the truth is that I don't handle that
anymore. It's something that belongs to my past, something of which I'm proud
of, but something which I have nothing to do with now. I prefer to live in the