Stewart Copeland was the drummer for the Police, one of my favorite bands in the 1980s.
After offering to review this new DVD he shot, directed and produced I made a request I thought would be surely rejected: Interviewing this wonderful man by email.
The answers were a bit on the concise, tight side but were a thrill nonetheless.
Here is the interview in its entirety:
Scott Butki: What do you hope to accomplish though this film, The Police – Everyone Stares: The Police Inside Out?
Stewart Copeland: Already accomplished, I had fun making it.
How did this project come about?
A. 1978 Bought a movie camera during idle moment on the road.
B. 2004 Got Final Cut Pro and was looking for something to cut.
What do you hope to accomplish though this film?
What are you up to these days?
Selling this dang movie. The last year has been spent making it, legalizing it and DVDizing it.
If you could correct one misconception about the Police through this project what would it be?
We laughed far more than we shouted.
I'm sure you are sick of this question but I'm required to ask it: Any chance of a Police reunion?
I’m keen but the word “Police” gives Sting the heebie-jeebies. We got eight years and five albums out of him so he’s free to not do it anymore.
What do you miss about the band? What do you not miss?
Miss the shows, don’t miss the recordings.
What were some of the influences on your musical style? Who do you listen to these days?
Influenced by Ravel, Hendrix. Listening to Slipknot.