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  • Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. The Police + Circa Zero Member Andy Summers

    Wed, 24 Jul 2013 16:31:21

    Take Aim: Amy Sciarretto vs. The Police + Circa Zero Member Andy Summers - A legend will take the stage with his new band on July 25 at the El Rey in L.A.

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    Andy Summers, guitarist of The Police, and singer/bassist/guitarist Rob Giles have come together to form Circa Zero. They released a short video to introduce themselves to the world and it includes a short teaser to a new track "No Highway." Watch it below!

    Like what you heard? Well, strap yourselves in for this Take Aim session with a legend.

    You are making your live debut on July 25 in Los Angeles at the El Rey -- how's that shaping up? Is it crunch time? Are you nervous? Excited? Or is performing such old hat for you that it's just another gig?

    It's an odd one for me, I have done millions of shows, since I've been doing this my whole life. It's another gig, no big deal, right? On the other hand, this is new and we're trying to get this band out. There is little apprehension since it's new. It means a lot more to me. And it's a nice venue. I am happy to play there once in my life. I thought it was one of the sweeter L.A. venues. We chose it specifically.

    Tell us about this project, which formed in late 2012. Is it a side project? A full-fledged band? Something where you see where it goes?

    It's much more of a commitment. I did The Police tour, which was one of the biggest of all time. It was an amazingly successful tour. It played to four million people. You could say, "I am done for this life." But I am a musician and need challenges, and am not about to rot away in front of a TV. I have a studio in L.A. I was looking for something a bit special, messing around for a year and a half. I ran into Rob, the singer, and I was like, "Oh my god, this is the real deal, the chemistry I was looking for." It felt right. We knew in 10 minutes that we should do something. That is where it started. He was in L.A. with another band and someone introduced us at my studio and we played around with guitars. Musicians work on non-verbal levels. You have to feel it. We're in a groove here. That's how we've arrived here. We're at the point where we have a lot of help and enthusiasm for the project. Now it's a debut show at the El Rey.

    For the album, can you share an insider's insight on the process?

    Generally, you jam and go, "Hey, that's really good," like a lick. Then you develop it. Then that thing there is real fresh, as a seed of a song, and work that. We had a process like that. It's fortunate in this case, Rob is a good singer and a great drummer. And he plays the guitar. We would do a bit of this and a bit of that. I would come in with licks, and be like "How about this?" It was easy for us to build initial tracks and record ideas, since we got real drums and bass, instead of play with machines. "Underwater" is something we had for a while.

    It sounds like it was a real organic pairing between you and Rob.

    Very, very much so. It's one of these things. It's a hard thing to find. We seem to agree musically on everything.

    Think people will shout Police songs, "Freebird"-style, at the show tomorrow?

    There could be a bit of that. It's a little bit hard to avoid. I don't belabor the point but I don't avoid it, either. It's a plus not a minus.

    Angelinos, will you be seeing Circa Zero?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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