31 oracle items tagged as phil
February 20, 2014 / submitted by Jason, United States of America
Q.  Hello powerful Oracle.

I hear a lot about Coldplay's mysterious 5th member and wonder what exactly he's responsible for at shows. Is he in charge of triggering tracks and click? Does he play keys? I must know. It's killing me. A lot.

There is nothing mysterious about our 5th member. He is openly named in fact.
Phil Harvey has a creative role, not a performing one.
The band's facebook page says:

The people:

Jonny Buckland
The wise one who plays guitar

Will Champion
The frightening one who plays drums

Guy Berryman
The very handsome one who plays bass

Chris Martin
The other one, who sings

And don't forget

Phil Harvey
The wise, handsome, frightening one who tells us what to do

February 12, 2014 / submitted by Grace, Australia
Q.  Hello Oracle!! :D
How are you? I hope you're well!! My question is: Which album was the hardest to make. I understand that every album has its long hours where you probably feel sick of the sight of seeing instruments , but did the boys find one album harder? Perhaps Parachutes being their first, or MX because it was a completely new wave of material for the band.
Thanks Oracle!

The short answer is X&Y.

Parachutes got off to a tough start as they began working with a producer who just wasn't right for them so they had to start again. Once they "found" Ken Nelson, things went pretty smoothly for a debut record.
There was a fair amount of pressure recording the follow up, A Rush Of Blood to the Head. Not just because an artist's second album is often notoriously called the Difficult Second Album but the sessions produced a lot of new material - written and demoed. The band decided to push the release date back to get it right.
X&Y was the most difficult for a number of reasons mostly down to many changes. The major one being Phil was on hiatus and they really felt the huge gap he left behind. Without him, they drifted a little.
Phil's return and the set up of The Bakery & Beehive for Viva & MX has certainly made the process easier. Hurrah!

December 11, 2013 / submitted by Grace, Australia
Q.  Hello!!
I'm not sure about you but I really love animals. I know Chris has a white little Maltese dog called Daffodil! But I saw this photo of Phil (Hi Yasmin!!) and I was wondering what the name is of the gorgeous black kelpie of theirs? Also is that Daffodil behind him/her? :)
Thank you so much Oracle

I have no idea who that dog is. It may be a family dog but it definitely isn't Phil's dog - different breed and colour. That doesn't look like Daffodil behind - I don't even think that's an animal.

November 26, 2013 / submitted by Millie, United Kingdom
Q.  When Phil Harvey wanted all the postcards sent in, it said to include your address as one lucky person gets a bunch of Coldplay merchandise; has this person already been chosen? Thank you:)

Yes. We posted a thanks from Phil that also included the name of the winner.

October 15, 2013 / submitted by Ari G, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle, I was watching a video on YouTube of The Police at the Live Earth concert playing Message In A Bottle featuring John Mayer, and they pan to a shot of the crowd and in the front row I could have sworn it was Phil looking very happy to be there. Is this him?

Yes! Good spot, Ari. A close friend of the band & team was heavily involved in the project and here is Phil enjoying it (around the 1'18 mark) at the Giant's Stadium, NJ.

August 6, 2013 / submitted by Zach, United States of America
Q.  Do you know if we'll ever hear Phil sing or play any instruments on any album or track?

Phil has picked up a guitar in the past few years but other than his 3 video cameo roles, there's been nothing else performance wise. If he was to perform on a track I can't see him wanting to appear on stage (I'm dicounting the times he dressed as a violining Elvis) but he certainly has an ear that he lends in all senses.

January 15, 2013 / submitted by Amelia, United Kingdom
Q.  Phil Harvey is always referred to as the 'fifth member of Coldplay' but do you know if he regrets not ever becoming an actual member of Coldplay, as in an onstage member?
Thanks, and Happy Christmas!

There was never a time that Phil was considering that position, so no, he doesn't.
He's as much part of the band as Chris, Jonny, Will & Guy but it's always been behind the scenes. Phil has appeared in videos and onstage as Elvis during Christmas Lights but Phil has never been in the band as a playing musician.
He is musical though which is why his input is such an integral part of the role of 5th member.

September 3, 2012 / submitted by Celine, Denmark
Q.  Q. Hi Oracle.
I read down below that Coldplay's fifth member (better known as Phil Harvey) also was in Paradise video. Since that, have I really tried to find him in the video. Thinks I need a little help.
Thank you.

He was one of the zoo keepers running after the escaping elephant. The other chap is Tim Crompton who you will no doubt have heard of over the years.
Here's one example yet he is totally playing down his history!

August 29, 2012 / submitted by Alessandro, Italy
Q.  Dearest Oracle,
Today, watching again the video of Life In Technicolor ii, I saw a character that looked very similar to Colplay's beloved secret member Phil Harvey.
I am referring to the guy who is holding a camera and making a video of the "concert".
Is that guy actually Mister Phil Harvey or mine was just an impression?

Thanks in advance

It is indeed Phil (today also known as the Birthday Boy) in a nice little cameo role. He was also in the Christmas Lights & Paradise videos.

August 28, 2012 / submitted by Dona, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle :)

I was just wondering if the boys ever pick out their own MX clothes to wear on stage or on tv shows? Or does someone else (like Phil) tell them what to wear? Because I remember Chris saying that Phil tells them what to wear, etc. Is that true?

It's not strictly true, no.
From the start of an album & tour's conception Phil is there during all the decision making so does have a say in the style and overall creative feel etc. of the outfits but it's very much a team effort.
They all choose their look together and have a hand in colours, designs and ideas - along with Phil and a designer.
They do discuss costumes - for want of a better word - for TV / award appearances.
When it comes to the shows, they have choices of what to wear within their travelling wardrobe so mix it up a bit.