Throughout their relatively short careers, The Police were best defined as a new-wave band with a punk twist – they weren’t exactly hard rock. However, Sting compared his vocal style to that of a heavy metal singer, but “with a little more melody.”
The discussion took place during an interview with Rick Beato and guitarist Dominic Miller.
“I’m not here to belong to one genre or to adapt to any kind of rules. I just do what I instinctively feel I want to do. I’m lucky to have this opportunity and privilege. I’m also helped by some fantastic musicians who feel the same way – exploring the whole spectrum of music, and not just saying, âWe’re in this ghetto here.â We’re not. We play everything. “
The Police were active from around 1977 to 1986, and they released five studio albums during that time. One of their most popular songs, which Beato highlighted during the interview, was âRoxanne,â which features Sting singing in a particularly high register throughout the interview.
“I think the records are interesting. Most heavy metal singers sing there. So I’m a heavy metal singer, but I have a little more melody,” the singer said with a smile. “It’s the same way that, to get past the noise of the band, you need that register. You can’t be a baritone with a rock band, really.”
He then compared the duties of a singer in a noisy group to that of a military commander who must raise his voice above the artillery during combat.
âSingers have the same need,â he added.
Check out the full chat in the video below.
Sting compares himself to a heavy metal singer “with a little more melody”
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