145 oracle items tagged as chris
October 9, 2014 / submitted by Andreia, Brazil
Q.  Have Coldplay ever been hypnotized before recording a song? I've heard about that before but I'm not sure if it's true.

It's true but it wasn't before one particular song; it was during the Viva recording sessions.
Here's what Jonny & Chris said about it.

JB: "Brian Eno knew a hypnotist and we thought it might get some interesting results. We all went upstairs, sat down, and he walked around us. He got us into some strange kind of trance, and we came down and played some more."

CM: "Quite a long time, I think. It did work, actually. We came up with a lot of interesting noises, which we used. I think the whole process of getting our own place and working with Brian has been really liberating for us. Because it was starting to become a little difficult to be in Coldplay - there's so much opinion, expectation, and criticism. We wanted to be free from that for a bit, to try things and just be a little group, which Brian really spearheaded. So things like the hypnotism, all these little crazy experiments that he tried with us was just an effort to say, 'It's OK. Not everybody hates you because you're in Coldplay. Just play some music and don't worry about it.'"

Chinese Sleep Chant has been mentioned as a song written after the experience but I can't confirm that.

October 2, 2014 / submitted by Maida, Chile
Q.  Hi Oracle!
A few days ago I was searching for videos in YouTube and I saw one in which was Chris and the actor of Spiderman kissing... omg is this really true?


Truth... well, it's true that it happened but it was a set-up joke on a U.S TV show.
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone (& Chris) were guests on Saturday Night Live back in May (2014). There was a skit where Andrew & Emma were recreating a Spiderman film scene that involved kissing. The premise was they couldn't get it right which is when Chris stepped in to say that he can show them how it's done. That's how the kiss* came about.
*Chris was wearing a wig.

September 29, 2014 / submitted by Princess of China, United States of America
Q.  Hello to all!
Quick question:
Recently I visited Chris Martin's biography profile at Wikipedia.
And I noticed a big change!
Chris' name is listed as Christopher James John Martin ! Then lists his birth name, the name we know he by Christopher Anthony John. So my question is, Why the name change and is this official? Thanks a lot. Peace and love.
Say hi to the boys of Coldplay!

As you say, under the photo of Chris on the right hand side, it correctly gives his name as Christopher Anthony John Martin.
I love Wikipedia but it is not gospel and so anything you read there may not have been verified and isn't to be taken as 100% truth.

September 15, 2014 / submitted by Jonny, Germany
Q.  Hey there!
Are there other band members than Chris in the True Love Video?

No, just Chris.

September 11, 2014 / submitted by Isabelle, Netherlands
Q.  Hello Oracle,

I just found this video of a concert in Australia. What does Chris say at 40:18? I'd love to know that.

Isabelle, Netherlands.

Just before they play ASFOS he says, "If you are wearing a tie, now might be the time to take it off".

September 10, 2014 / submitted by Jordan, United States of America
Q.  Was that Chris in the green shirt sitting next to Apple Designer Jony Ive at the Apple Watch Event?

Chris was in Cupertino for the event but I haven't checked where he sat or what he was wearing. I got my information from Stephen Fry via Anchorman.

August 25, 2014 / submitted by Faye, Australia
Q.  Hi friend,
I just saw Chris do the ice bucket challenge, who's he with? She said she's a fashion designer.

By the way, it was my favourite ice bucket challenge! (I'm not bias at all ;-) )

He did the ice bucket challenge with Stella McCartney - hence them nominating her father, Sir Paul McCartney.

August 21, 2014 / submitted by Nathan, Netherlands
Q.  Hey Oracle,

Why does Chris Martin after, I don't know, 10 years of playing his Yamaha GT20 pianos, suddenly switch to a different one?

Greetings from Holland

Given Miller is Chris' keyboard technician (and all round genius with a bunch of technology), I asked him about the current key situation.
"This new one can 'play itself' in A Sky Full Of Stars and Magic. What it plays is actually a midi recording of Chris playing the song in rehearsals". He's actually had it since the Christmas Lights video where we did the same trick".
It plays in time with the song and the screens because of Miller's clever synching.

August 4, 2014 / submitted by Rebecca, United States of America
Q.  When and how will the winners of the contest be notified? I think I might have written my email wrong and really want to go to NY for the concert.

Our winners were selected randomly once the deadline had closed on 29 July. The winners were notified by email shortly after.

July 31, 2014 / submitted by Al, Spain
Q.  Once Chris said that he would never ever played without the rest of the band. Did he changed his mind? I'm very sad, maybe Chris is thinking of a solo production and we'll have to say goodbye to Coldplay...

No. Chris has said that he won't go solo; not that he wouldn't play without the band. He's performed on his own many times before (& sometimes just with Jonny) so don't be sad. August is usually the month that everyone takes as holiday.