Stewart Copeland doesn’t seem to ever stop. With The Police he toured the world “six times over, from the sea of Japan to the Cliffs of Dover”, as their song “Too Much Information” used to say. The band went on an extended hiatus after the Synchronicity Tour ended in 1984, and would only play together on very special occasions. The 2007 reunion gave the trio a much needed sense of closure, and although many fans were longing for a new studio album, that wasn’t meant to be.
Meanwhile, Stewart has been involved in a million different activities: he’s a successful writer of film scores, an opera composer, polo player, and, why not, occasional touring drummer. His band Oysterhead, with Les Claypool (Primus) and Trey Anastasio (Phish) played a handful of shows this year, in which the improvisational nature of their sound captivated their massive audience. With his partners in crime Adrian Belew (of King Crimson and Frank Zappa fame), Level 42 bassist Mark King and Italian keyboardist Vittorio Cosma, he also formed an intriguing new band called Gizmodrome, who released their self-titled album in 2017.
Stewart‘s most recent endeavors are as diverse and unique as his legacy. One of them is an art collection called “What is Art?”, in which he was filmed playing with lights on his drumsticks, and the images created by that were turned into giant prints. The other is called “The Police Deranged for Orchestra”, where he deconstructs, cuts and pastes different performances of the band and morphs them into something unpredictable. Last but not least, he’s writing an opera about Nikola Tesla.
Sonic Perspectives collaborator and lifelong The Police fan Rodrigo Altaf, spoke with Stewart for over 40 minutes, and they discussed many aspects of his craft, the early days of The Police, what is it like to write operas, how Copeland met Rush’s late drummer Neil Peart, and a myriad of other topics.
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