The Police vocalist and bassist, and prolific solo artist, Sting recently sat down with YouTuber Rick Beato for a pretty extensive interview. The topic of The Police‘s 1978 hit “Roxanne” came up, at which point Sting compared himself to being a heavy metal singer after Beato pointed out the timbre of his voice.
“Register is interesting. Most heavy metal singers sing up there [in the high register]. So I’m a heavy metal singer, but I have a little more melody. It’s the same way, to get above the noise of the band … you can’t be a baritone in a rock band, really.
“[It’s] the same way a sergeant major in the army would scream and yell on the paragram. Why? Because they had to get over the sound of artillery in battle, you know, they have to be heard. Singers have the same need.”
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