15 May 2013 / submitted by Becca, United States of America
Q.  Hi Oracle! :) So I was looking around on iTunes and I found this. It's by a band called Mylo Xyloto, and it was released before Coldplay's album Mylo Xyloto was released.
There is also an album by that band. I was just wondering if this has anything to do with Coldplay.
Thanks so much! :)
-- Becca
Strange that there is no artwork, no information and no band photo.
This has nothing to do with Coldplay at all and I urge you not to buy that single (1'03!) or album as I suspect it's not going to be what you think.

Firstly Mylo Xyloto didn't exist until the band came up with the name. Mylo may be a familiar name but Xyloto is original.
Secondly, the "artist" could have changed the details after MX came out but I assure you, that it is not legitimate at all.

They have a page on another site and the "album" is dodgy live recordings and video clips.
Stay well clear and I'll investigate further.

15 May 2013 / submitted by James, United Kingdom
Q.  I am in a band but they don't share same musical interest. They all love The Strokes, The Smiths etc. Although they are great bands they don't get me going like Coldplay, Mumford and Sons and early Radiohead. I am the songwriter yet don't want to put effort into songs if they don't like them because they are Coldplay inspired and not 'indie' enough. What do I do?? Go solo and get session musicians? I am 16 by the way.
I want you to ask yourself why you and these fellow musicians are in this band - how did it come about? There must have been a shared interest to start the band in the first place.
Usually a band come together because they share a passion in music - not always the same types of music but it's more than common for that to be the case.
The differences in taste could help shape your band into something very unique.
It's all very well being inspired by a band as long as it's not sounding like them.
Originality is very important these days so maybe you should all be encouraged to listen to each others' favourite bands and share thoughts, ideas and suggestions.
You should put effort into your songs no matter who they are for; band mates, friends, audience...
However, if the band members don't like the songs you're writing, you need a new band.
Going solo is one thing, getting session musicians is another - a very expensive other too.
I suggest you either work things out with your band to make a sound for yourselves that draws on all your influences or go solo and perform as a singer-songwriter acoustically until you find like minded people you want to make music with.
Good luck.

14 May 2013 / submitted by Ashley, United States of America
Q.  Quick question: I've noticed that Chris Martin had an = sign on his hand during a concert or something (not sure since it was just a random photo on Bing), and I was wondering whether or not he meant it to be an HRC/LGBT(Q) supportive thing or JUST a thing (like, "Hey, I'm putting this equal sign for balance of the body and mind...").
Crazy curious, and I would appreciate an answer *squeal* It would be epic if you guys (or at least Mr. Martin), supported HRC.
The official logo of the HRC is the equal sign (yellow on blue) and has been around since 1995.
In 2002, Chris adopted a different equal sign for the band's involvement in Oxfam's Make Trade Fair campaign (green on white).
I've not discussed HRC with the guys but knowing them as well as I do, I feel I can say they are in support of the Human Rights Campaign.

14 May 2013 / submitted by Peter, United Kingdom
Q.  Can I ask please about your cool website, who done it? What software is it? Thanks!
Slender Fungus are the creative types behind the, er, type.
I have no idea what software they use. All I could gather is that they need "... really fast and expensive computers (Mac and PC), really good software, a decent connection..."

14 May 2013 / submitted by Ashley, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle! I was reading Roadie #42's blogs and I came across the word "tympani". I was just wondering if this is a word made up by Coldplay and staff (like Xylobands) or is it a typo for the word "timpani"? Thank you!
Tympani is a legitimate alternative spelling for timpani; I prefer the latter to be honest.

13 May 2013 / submitted by Harrison, United Kingdom
Q.  Hello Oracle,

I'd like to firstly say I saw the guys live on their MX tour and absolutely loved it and I love watching videos of them play at different gigs on the tour. But I stumbled across a Live In Madrid EP containing Violet Hill, GPASUYF, Paradise, Charlie Brown & Clocks. Is this official or not?
This was a U.S only item as part of Google's download store launch. It looks like it's now available in the U.K.

13 May 2013 / submitted by Gael, Canada
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I'd like to send some watercolor paintings inspired by Coldplay's songs to Chris Martin. Can you please give me an extremely secure address where I can do so, they are original works of mine and if I lose them they're gone.
Thanks from the bottom of my heart.
God bless you.
Giant teddy bear hugs.

Please, please don't attempt to send anything valuable in the post; we do not have the facilities to accept any items and cannot guarantee their safety.
If you'd like to scan your pictures and submit them to our Hypnofeed section, they will be seen and who knows, maybe selected so that everyone can see them on the site.

13 May 2013 / submitted by Trinity, United Kingdom
Q.  So I went to see Athlete on Friday for their 10 year anniversary of Vehicles and Animals, and it was great. And although they may not be as successful as Coldplay, would the band ever consider say a 15 year anniversary of Parachutes, not necessarily a tour but a few one of small gigs. It would be hugely appreciated I'm sure, plus you can't deny that this is not only the greatest song in the world, but must be the best song played live!?
Thank you for the reminder of this wonderful version of Spies. It was a firm favourite of mine since I very first heard it.
Anchorman went to see the Athlete anniversary show too and loved it.
I'm not sure there would be anything like a 15th year anniversary of Parachutes but it would be nice to celebrate in some way. Maybe we could have a party of our own?

10 May 2013 / submitted by Solaf, Egypt
I am kind of confused about my schooling and I was hoping you'd help. I'm currently in 8th grade and my biggest ambition is to become a Rockstar. My dad has offered to get me into a musical academy next year but then I'd have to quit school, while my mum says I could do both. So which decision should I make? Should I do my learning while also studying singing or should I just go to the musical academy and give it my all? Thank you so much, dear Oracle.
My friend wanted to be a rockstar. He had the talent, the looks, the charm and all the other ingredients but he has never been a rockstar. However, he was in a rockstar's band and had songs he'd written covered by other well known musicians. For whatever reason he never made it in his own right in that field. These days he is a very successful composer and scores a hit U.S TV show.
My point here is to firstly rename your goal.
Maybe your biggest ambition should be to be a successful musician and take it from there. I will assume you have talent as you have parental support in your dream.
As you may know, I love a good dream and believe in following them and reaching goals.
If you truly believe that you have what it takes, go for it but I always think it's handy to have a back-up plan but some say that suggests you're accepting failure as an option.
I don't know what facilities are like in Egypt but here in the UK it's possible to choose a musical academy as higher education too. Personally I would always finish school, get qualifications and then look at entering into a facility to take your music further.
If you have the talent, it will never leave you but it's harder to go back and redo the schooling. Take your time with the decision - it's a BIG one but I guess I'm saying, stay in school for now and do both.
Over to you.

Well, to make a big decision like this you need to know where you are standing, classes and musical education at the same time can be extremely tough. My coach always says that we have to follow the "Triple 8 Rule": 8 hours for school, 8 hours to study or do whatever we want, and 8 hours to sleep. In your case, with musical education and school, you will have: 8 hours for school, 4 hours dedicated to learning singing (that's how hardcore academies work), 2 hours to study, 2 hours to practice your singing, and well, 8 hours to sleep. That means no free time at all, and some serious fatigue and exaustion.
Now, if you want to just embrace singing, you're going to have to sweat and bleed to be successful at it, singing will have to be your only option, your only way, and your only destination.
If you choose singing over studying and singing at the same time, you'll be closer to your dream, but remember, becoming a Rockstar isn't easy. Alexandre.

Well, I think you should definitely do both. By the time you finish school you'll be more mature to pursue your dream of becoming a rockstar with a more sensible touch. You'll be more mentally prepared to take your own decisions and to assume all the responsibilities that such an aim of yours entails. Good luck with that! Hope to listen to your songs soon! Cesar.

I think you should do both things, because you are currently in 8th grade, so, you can learn things in school and at the same time you can improve your musical abilities and finally when you have graduated from school no one can take your knowledge from you and then you can focus on studying musical things. I really don´t know you but I know you can do both things because you are awesome. Ivan, Panama.

I think you should try to do both – many people want to become a Rockstar and don’t succeed. So just in case you don’t either – although I totally believe in you, Solaf – it’ll be very good if you finish school so you can try to get another job then. It might be a hard and stressful time for you, but you’ll know you’ll be able to earn money later, no matter what happens. Good luck and nice greetings, Jule.

I know you'd love to be a rockstar and to see your dream come true, but it's better to achieve your studying first. If you can do as your Mom said do them both it would be the best.
Look at our lovely Coldplay members, they were in the same situation as you and they have chosen to do both; studying and building their own careers.
I wish you all the best. Ask yourself there are surely things you don't know about yourself and God willing you'll know which way to choose. Hasna.

I think it's great that you're getting so much support from your parents! I cant help but agree with your mom, though. You're still a bit young. I'm now a senior but have gone through a lot of changes since eighth grade. To make a commitment like that is a big deal. Having some sort of back up plan can even help your confidence in music, as you're not constantly thinking about how you've given other things up. I think you can definitely do both. Maybe taking mostly regular classes instead of harder advanced ones will help. I wish you the best of luck, either way! Love, Darem.

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10 May 2013 / submitted by The Oracle, United Kingdom
When I answer questions of a personal nature, readers often get in touch with their own thoughts. So, we have a weekly feature, Team Oracle, whereby each Friday (with the question asker's permission) we open up a question to all of you to answer too. Then, the following Friday, I'll post a selection of the best answers, alongside my own reply.
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In honour of Mother's Day this Sunday (although not in the UK):

My mum is looking to have surgery on her shoulder, and wonders what she can do for 6-8 weeks with only one arm. Do you have any suggestions for an activity she can do? Duncan, Australia.

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