62 oracle items tagged as jonny
November 24, 2014 / submitted by Luc, Netherlands
Q.  O mighty Oracle,
Do you know the settings that Jonny uses during Violet Hill? I'm in a band and were thinking about covering it.
My idea...

Basically you need a Les Paul Deluxe - or somethingsimilar withhumbuckers - and a ton of overdrive. We used a vintage Rat pedal, then put in some delay on the choruses. The tuning isimportant too - thebottom string goes right down to a C# so you'll need a big fat one - about a .058 - or it'll just flap in the breeze. The rest of the guitar goesdown a semitone from concert pitch. We had the whole thing set up specially just for the one song but you might not need to go to thoselengths! A lot of the recorded version was done with a Roland GR500 Guitar Synth from about 1978 which was so temperamental itonly worked about twice; we both refused to take it on the road as a result, and at gigs we just turned the Rat up really loud and used an Electro Harmonix Micro Pog pedal for the solo.

November 24, 2014 / submitted by Nick, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,

What is Jonny's setup to achieve the tone for Lovers In Japan? I also submitted this question on twitter. Jonny's guitar tone in this song is one of my favorites because it's so unique and beautiful!! It seems similar to the Life In Technicolor ii guitar part!


This week I have once again called upon the expertise of Matt McGinn to answer some questions asked about Jonny...

Fender Thinline Telecaster, Audio Kitchen Custom Combo, TC2290 delay, Eventide H7600.If you're talking about the album version I assume you mean the bits in the verses which are Jonny - Brian Eno did some of the guitar on this though and so did I! The live version - where JB puts all the best bits together - is my favourite though.

November 17, 2014 / submitted by Josh, Spain
Q.  Dear Oracle: Over the synthe in GS Film there's an iPad with an app. What app is open and plays Johnny? Thank U!!!

Thanks to Miller for this answer:
"Ah yes.
That's not actually an iPad - that's something called a Lemur, which was one of the first touch screen devices commercially available.
It controls the synth sounds in Midnight, but in a much more interesting way than knobs or sliders could - it lets Jonny "sculpt" the sounds by moving his fingers around the screen.
Hope that helps!

October 30, 2014 / submitted by Ben, New Zealand
Q.  Hello
How does the guys see when they play on a dark stage? Like at the start of Charlie Brown, Jonny starts playing in the pitch black. Do they have little lights?

It's not as pitch black as you may think. There are lights emitting from all manner of things onstage. Illumination may be necessary for Chris if he's moving to / from piano for example but the band don't need lights to play their instruments.

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.

September 23, 2014 / submitted by PrinceOfChina, United Kingdom
Q.  Hello Oracle. I decided to go on YouTube and look up songs preformed on the Royal Albert Hall shows on July 1 and 2. I watched the legendary performance of Don't Panic where Jonny sang his verse like he did on the original track. Tell me, how did the rest of the band persuade "the shyest man in the universe" to sing his verse?

Jonny didn't need persuading because he always sings vocals on the second verse of Don't Panic - can't recall a time he didn't. The RAH shows weren't the first time on the Ghost Stories tour, they also played it on 26 April, 2014 in Baden-Baden, Germany.
Chris did make a big thing of it at the London shows and on the second night, made Jonny sing it more than once. I think it was just a bit of fun because it was the last show for a while.

September 4, 2014 / submitted by Steven, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,

I'm curious if J orders his guitars custom, buys them in random shops, or perhaps a mixture of both?


PS - Love the video for magic.

Matt: Yeah, a big mixture. You said it!

September 4, 2014 / submitted by Jeroen, Belgium
Q.  How did Jonny get his hands on his Boss DD-5 Digital Delay pedals? Because apparently you can't buy them anymore?

Matt's back: We got his when they were still making them, I think. You'll probably need to go on eBay* now, I'm afraid.

*Other auction sites - or similar - are available.

September 3, 2014 / submitted by Sam, Australia
Q.  Hi Oracle,
I've been loving Coldplay's performances of the new songs from Ghost Stories, but I wanted to know what guitars and amps Jonny is using, as they look really different to what he used for the last few albums.


Sunny and the Strat mentioned previously, mainly. Amps-wise it's been the Kemper profilers plus an old Silvertone or two.

September 3, 2014 / submitted by Steven, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,

Is the grey Fender Stratocaster Mr. Buckland has been playing for GS a new guitar or and old one he had lying around and has decided to use for this album's shows? (It looks rather worn). Thanks!

Matt says:
It's new, a Strat built for the tour by Bill Nash, made to seem old. Does it look grey? It's meant to be black...ah well.