Coldplay Can’t Be As Cool As Other Major-Label Acts Because They’re On A Major Label
Chris Martin would love for Coldplay to be one of those maverick bands revolutionizing the world of music through independent online retail and eliminating the time between the creation of an album and it’s release, but he feels faithful to EMI, much as you would to an elderly grandparent. “We have absolute respect for the Radioheads and Raconteurs and people who can do what they like. We’re in contract though, so we’re just going to make the most of it and enjoy the people we get to work with.” Actually, the Raconteurs are signed to Warner, Chris. Don’t pretend the major label connection is the only reason you can’t come up anything more novel than free concerts and recording in a church with Brian Eno.
“Being on a major label at the moment is like living in your grandparents’ house,” he says. “Everyone knows they need to move out, and they will eventually, but we kind of like our grandmother.
“It’s obviously an antiquated model, because of the Internet, but we really love the people we work with. If we knew what the solution was to everything, then we’d do it. We have absolute respect for the Radioheads and Raconteurs and people who can do what they like. We’re in contract though, so we’re just going to make the most of it and enjoy the people we get to work with.”
Coldplay’s free gigs at Brixton Academy and Madison Square Garden this June will be unsponsored, in order to reaffirm that Coldplay is a real band with real feelings, and not merely slaves for granpappy EMI and other multinational relatives.
“We felt last time we f—ed up so royally in New York when we were setting up ‘X&Y.’ We did an AOL thing, which was fine to do, but we tried to mix it with a buzz gig and we just came across as a huge and very impersonal corporation.
“So this time we want to do the ultimate buzz gig and have it not attached to anything or anybody. We’re all very nervous because no one’s done it before and it’s a bit risky. When we first got asked to close (the) Glastonbury (festival) in 2002, it was a similar feeling of something a bit bigger than we felt we could do. But we really like that challenge.”
Yeah, what if a multi-platinum act who’ve just sold 100,000 copies of a b-side threw a party at Madison Square Garden and no one showed up! I’d probably be really impressed by the effort (if not the “risk”) if they’d put more than one hook on an album.