Chris Martin Gets Candid About Coldplay Coming To India

Posted at November 18th, 2016 | by Shivani Goel | in

Chris Martin, frontman of Coldplay, talks to an Indian newspaper about Leonard Cohen, song inspiration, future plans and more. He also talks about coming to India and everything that entails.

Excerpts from the Interview:

Q: India has been waiting for years. Only after your solo gig in Delhi and the ‘Hymn for the Weekend’ video did fans realize that Coldplay are finally coming to India. How did your affinity for India come about?
A: India appeals to everybody. For me personally, I always felt like we would come here when we wanted to embrace all colours. I don’t mean racially, but literally; just all the colours of the world. To me, India’s always represented ‘everything’, it represents ‘all’. Everything is here. You can stay here forever and you’ll never feel like you’ve missed out on life. There’s enough to keep you occupied. We felt, that as a band, we had to get to a place where we could maybe handle that expanse of colour .Then we came up with that video, and the thing we’re talking about now is accepting everybody and loving everybody, which is reflected in the use of all colours. We chose to come here because here’s where it’s reflected very strongly.

Q: Let’s talk about your India debut. There are rumours flying around that your set will be 12 minutes, or 20 minutes, or three songs, etc.
A: Here in Mumbai, we’re going to play a full show. It’s going to be 90 minutes. It’s going to be pretty cool. The great thing about life now is there’s so much technology to spread rumours. It’s very easy to be mysterious, but very hard to communicate the truth. It’s a double-edged sword. But I can tell you that we’re also a little bit greedy to play a full concert because we haven’t played here before. We’re headlining, and we’re happy that there’s Bollywood, Jay Z, and such diversity. That’s what the festival is all about -including everybody. Anybody that shows up on Saturday to see us, we will be happy to see them. Even production-wise, we have tried to make it as good as we could.

Q: You’ve spoken of acceptance.When the Beatles got acquainted with India, strains of Indian classical music found their way to their songs. Will Indian music ever find its way to a Coldplay song?
A: The problem now is that if you try to do that in western music, you sound like you’re trying to be like the Beatles. If you put a sitar in a rock song, people say you just want to be like the Beatles.

Source: Times Of India

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