Legendary drummer Stewart Copeland will take the stage for his show at Vancouver’s Orpheum Theater this month police disturbed90 minutes of police tune by him and a full orchestra.
“You can’t deny the power of a popular song, even if it’s not your favorite, even if you weren’t necessarily a Police fan. you heard her You lived your life for her. They have emotional baggage,” he told CBC’s host Stephen Quinn The early edition.
“That’s what we do, making people feel things and making people move and making them move and dance.”
He sat down for an interview with Quinn ahead of the shows, which are scheduled for September 30 and October 1.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
The early edition14:35Drummer and composer Stewart Copeland before his VSO shows
This show is not quite what I had imagined. Little did I know it was the wild ride that people are actually going to get.
My mission is to transform your mighty Vancouver symphony into a rock band. Your daily task is to play the music of the masters, the great music of all times. That’s what the orchestra is really there for. But they can, as they like to say, read bat poop on the page. If you give them the score, they do what the page says.
And when it’s time to rock, let them rock. I’ve had a lot of fun rocking with the Atlanta Symphony, Nashville, Cleveland, all these different orchestras in America and also in Europe. Because they can. Lots of musicians on stage, they can burn down the building and that’s our intention in Vancouver.
How did you come up with the idea to drive all these musicians out of their element?
I received the training in dealing with orchestras in my 20 years as a film composer for commissioned works. The main tool of film music is an orchestra. So in those 20 years I’ve learned what they’re good at and how to get them to do this or that or create that emotion or suggest that emotion. And that’s kind of how I snagged the orchestra charts.
My approach to rock drums and orchestra is to turn my drums down and the orchestra up. They can be very aggressive and very beautiful in the same sentence. The amazing thing about the symphony orchestra is that it has a huge vocabulary. It is very flexible. It’s very fluid. It can bang and then turn into lyricism. It really is a versatile instrument with great power and majesty which is why I enjoy playing around with it.
With all your film composition, is there anything that stands out in particular?
Music and storytelling go very well together. I did a documentary series for the BBC about what music is? What is it for? Why does homo sapiens make music? And by the way, we’re all really good at it, even you. Every human is really good at music compared to our other primate siblings. We can all dance together, we can all sing a song. We’re not all Eric Clapton, but we’re an extremely musical species.
What is it for? And it serves to connect us, mainly both sexually and socially. And it goes past our brain. It goes right past your brain and into your heart. And that’s why filmmaking and film and television use music so much, because it can tell a whole different story.
For example, you know, the handsome male lead, you say Tom Cruise looks the girl in the eye and it’s a moonlit night. He says I love you and your eyes just tell you it’s beautiful. The music comes with this dirty chord and tells you he’s a lying son of a bitch. And so you’ll believe rather than believe your lying eyes. You’ll believe my dirt chord ’cause it goes past your brain, straight to your heart.
I see a lot of people playing duets to your drumming on TikTok. Why do you choose to share your music this way?
Well, it’s kind of a cure for the loneliness that artists have felt since the dawn of time. Basically you make your record, you do your shows, but you feel like you’re just screaming in the woods and nobody can hear it. If you get played on the radio, great. If you don’t, you are a lost voice in the wilderness.
Nowadays you can communicate directly and that’s what artists, dancers, singers, musicians, painters, writers… they really want to hear. It’s a form of communication and TikTok and Instagram and everyone else is direct communication. It is a wonderful thing for artists to be able to communicate directly.
Aspiring musicians no longer need the record company or people in the studio to be discovered and appreciated. What does that mean for music?
Well, music has been democratized a lot, and that’s good news and bad news. The threshold has fallen. Anyone can make music at home with a laptop. All you need is something to say. In the old days you had to practice an instrument and be good at an instrument to be able to make music and then you had to go to the man to get a recording budget and so on and so on.
Now it is fully democratic. Any fucking fool can make music and I like that. It’s like campfire music. The purpose of humanity is not for it to be specialists like me who sit high on my throne and make the music, and you just have to sit there and do it. The real purpose of music is that we all make it ourselves.
The problem is making a living from it. Be Elvis Presley or the Beatles. It’s really hard to get to that stage now because of all the competition. Indeed, being heard, being noticed, is now even more of a challenge. But I’m happy because I like all this competition.
It’s good that it’s democratized, but not great for being a rock star.