49 oracle items tagged as will
May 7, 2015 / submitted by Aidan, New Zealand
Q.  Hi Oracle,

Who plays all the other instruments like strings on Viva la Vida for the live tours?

Will & Miller (off stage) trigger the playback on certain tracks.
The band obviously can't have every single instrument played live as it appears on the albums.
The way songs are recorded, there may also only be one person who multitracks / layers their part also so it would be impossible for someone to play several parts live.
As you say, the strings for example...
Everything you see being played, is being played live.

April 30, 2015 / submitted by Filippo, Italy
Q.  Dear Oracle, I wanted to know more about the instrumental track called Aiko which is in the Live 2012 DVD. Where does its name come from? When was it recorded? Was it released somehow? Thank you in advance.

I don't know of it as a song. I have seen people saying that Aiko is the instrumental piece in Will's interview segment of the DVD but I haven't seen anything to confirm that - despite reading people who claim that it is in the credits.
The name Aiko appears in the DVD booklet (one of Chris' doodles) - it's the name of Mylo's Dad (his parents are Aiko and Lela).
If it is also the name of the instrumental, it will have been recorded during the MX sessions but obviously it hasn't been released or it would be in the Recordings section of the site.

April 8, 2015 / submitted by Margaret, Canada
Q.  Dearest Oracle, I listen to The Breeze radio in Southampton on my ipad in Canada (my daughter is in uni there). I could have sworn I heard a phone commercial with Chris and Will. Do my ears deceive me? Much gratitude for your reply. Mandy.

I can't trace every station the guys have recorded little sound bites for but it's entirely possible given that Will is from Southampton. If it is, I suspect it's old. It's not really a commercial though, just a plug.

February 9, 2015 / submitted by Kevin , United Kingdom
Q.  Greetings Oracle! I was just browsing and read that Chris co-created a band called Bunga. Do you have any facts you can share about it? Thanks!

I'm afraid not. According to the internet, that happened when Chris was at school but I have never ever heard him mention it. I did once ask Will & Jonny about previous bands there were in - I remember one of Will's was called fat Hamster. Pretty sure Guy was also in at least one other band pre-Starfish / Coldplay.

October 16, 2014 / submitted by Paddy, Ireland
Q.  Coldplay how are you? Hope all's well. Quick question, I play a lot of trad folk music. When I listen to you guys especially when you strip the songs down in an acoustic style I get a sense of an Irish folk sound at times. Are you guys influenced by trad? Multiple guitar tunings are used in trad to get that droning sound. Also who is the Christy Moore fan and what is Coldplay's favourite Christy Moore song? Ps loving the new songs!

I'd say the band are influenced by all genres of music not traditional folk specifically but it's Will who is the biggest Christy Moore fan - always has been.
I'm afraid I don't know which is his / their favourite track but they chose to perform Ride On (written by Jimmy McCarthy) with Christy at Oxegen festival back in 2011.

October 15, 2014 / submitted by Shady, Egypt
Q.  Hello Oracle!
I know it may be a bit old, but would the band ever consider recording Sweet Marianne?

I wouldn't think that songs from the past will ever be recorded if they haven't been already. As Sweet Marianne wasn't ever released, it probably won't see the light of day (again).

October 14, 2014 / submitted by Andrea, Peru
Q.  So I was searching on wikipedia and I take a look of all songs written by Chris... and no! There are a few of Coldplay songs, did Chris writes all the songs or what?

I think I understand your question.
Chris wrote all Coldplay songs bar one - Sweet Marianne*, written by Will - though the band all have song writing credits.

Chris does write outside of Coldplay; he wrote the anthem for the recent Invictus Games. He has also written for a number of other performers and has collaborated with or featured on other artists records with or without having a hand in the writing.

*Sweet Marianne was played live but never released on a recording.

July 10, 2014 / submitted by Isaac, United Kingdom
Q.  Hey Oracle!

In Us Against the World, who sings backup? He has a really beatiful voice, and should do backup more often.
Thanks for taking the time to read this!

Will and he does sing a LOT of backing vocals. He sings most of them in fact.

May 21, 2014 / submitted by Hasna, Morocco
Q.  Excuse me dear Oracle, I have replayed it a multitude of times but I didn't understood why has Will lost 2 of his favourite trousers in the video of Making Of Ghost Stories.
(I'm so sorry dear Oracle, it's due to my very modest English understanding capacities.)
Thank you very much. Much love from Morocco.

Chris & Will were saying that the sofa / settee / couch in the flat where they rehearsed as students was so old that the springs were poking through. Will used to sit on that chair to play drums. Every time Will got up from the seat, his trousers caught on the broken springs and his trousers were ripped / torn. Hope you understand.

April 1, 2014 / submitted by Neil, Philippines
Q.  Hi, all-knowing Oracle! I was just wondering, did Jonny ever use his Lake Placid Blue Fender Telecaster live?

Another one for Matt...
"The only blue Tele I recall is the one Jonny had back in the Parachutes days - a JD model with a big dent in it that actually belongs to Will, who I think got it cheap cos of the damage.
It's now his dressing room/warm up guitar and travels with us pretty much everywhere!"