Sting’s anxious inspiration
Sting needs anxiety to write good songs and finds his creativity is at its best when he's under pressure.
Sting needs anxiety to make good records.
The ‘Message In A Bottle’ singer has “no idea” what he’ll do when he completes his present ‘Symphonicities’ tour – where he is backed by Britain’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – but not having a plan helps him to be creative.
When asked if he finds having no agenda liberating or worrying, he answered: “Both. It makes me anxious of course. At the same time it’s a good place for creativity. It’s only out of anxiety that I ever produce anything worthwhile.”
On plans to write new songs, Sting, 59, added: “I need the blank page and I need the panic. I’m not hungry to be adored or have approval. I don’t need that. I’m curious to see what I can produce at my age.It gets harder and at the same time it’s a wonderful challenge.”
Sting has previously called the idea of touring with The Police – the band he rose to fame in, who played a lucrative series of comeback shows in 2007 and 2008 – “dreadful”, but hasn’t completely ruled out the idea of touring with a rock band again, saying he will “If my instinct tells me.”
For now, however, he is most comfortable playing with the orchestra.
He added: “I’m very relaxed in front of an orchestra, I don’t even sweat. I sing for three hours. I could do another three hours every night. And the musicians are playing with precision, passion and love.”