November 20, 2013 - submitted by Greg, United States of America

Q. I was reading Roadie by JB's right-hand-man Matt McGinn again and I came across a picture where it looks like JB is helping Matt with some tuning or whatever. Anyways, the caption for it read:

Hang on, who's roadie-ing for who here?
Mayfair Studios, London, 2003.

I remember vaguely in some Viva interviews they said the new studio(s) meant they had no time limits, could do whatever they want whenever they want, weren't being charged for each session, etc.

So,I searched the Beehive tag and came up with something close to an answer posted on Nov. 23, 2009. You referred to Rockfield, Parr St., and Sarm studios to record the first 3 LPs. (Not disputing it, just so happens on Parr St. website they boast that it's the home of Coldplay's first 3 albums, curious about that info's veracity). So, this got me wondering why the boys didn't have a Bakery or a Beehive back then. Was it simply not a viable economic option then, or did the idea strike them before the Viva sessions?

Thanks for the time, Oracle and Coldplayers!


The Oracle replies:

When I listed those 3 studios almost 4 years to the day back on Nov 23, 2009, I wasn't listing them in album order.
For example Parachutes was recorded at Rockfield and Parr St., AROBTTH was recorded at Parr St. and X&Y was part-recorded at Parr St. before the rest was completed at Sarm. FYI High Speed on their debut, wasn't part of the Ken Nelson sessions so wasn't a Parr St. track.
Obviously this isn't an exhaustive, definitive list as I haven't taken mixing into consideration.
Not all bands have their own studios but it was something they aimed to have. They'd been very happy up in Liverpool but it was clear that X&Y hadn't been an easy record to make. It made sense to find the right space in London where they can be creative, productive, comfortable and without time constraints and pressures. The Bakery was that right place.