10 oracle items tagged as bakery
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 2, 2013 / submitted by Olivia, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,
What's the difference between the Bakery and the Beehive? Aren't they both recording studios?

Yes, but they're not the same place. They are close by but used for different things. Various aspects of the recording process start, progress and finish between the two and their set-up is different but essentially, yes, they're both recording studios.

November 20, 2013 / submitted by Greg, United States of America
Q.  I was reading Roadie by JB's right-hand-man Matt McGinn again and I came across a picture where it looks like JB is helping Matt with some tuning or whatever. Anyways, the caption for it read:

Hang on, who's roadie-ing for who here?
Mayfair Studios, London, 2003.

I remember vaguely in some Viva interviews they said the new studio(s) meant they had no time limits, could do whatever they want whenever they want, weren't being charged for each session, etc.

So,I searched the Beehive tag and came up with something close to an answer posted on Nov. 23, 2009. You referred to Rockfield, Parr St., and Sarm studios to record the first 3 LPs. (Not disputing it, just so happens on Parr St. website they boast that it's the home of Coldplay's first 3 albums, curious about that info's veracity). So, this got me wondering why the boys didn't have a Bakery or a Beehive back then. Was it simply not a viable economic option then, or did the idea strike them before the Viva sessions?

Thanks for the time, Oracle and Coldplayers!

When I listed those 3 studios almost 4 years to the day back on Nov 23, 2009, I wasn't listing them in album order.
For example Parachutes was recorded at Rockfield and Parr St., AROBTTH was recorded at Parr St. and X&Y was part-recorded at Parr St. before the rest was completed at Sarm. FYI High Speed on their debut, wasn't part of the Ken Nelson sessions so wasn't a Parr St. track.
Obviously this isn't an exhaustive, definitive list as I haven't taken mixing into consideration.
Not all bands have their own studios but it was something they aimed to have. They'd been very happy up in Liverpool but it was clear that X&Y hadn't been an easy record to make. It made sense to find the right space in London where they can be creative, productive, comfortable and without time constraints and pressures. The Bakery was that right place.

February 13, 2013 / submitted by Paul, France
Q.  If I visit The Bakery, can I enter inside it and visit it?
Thank you Oracle.

No, I'm afraid you can't. It's not open to the public.

July 18, 2012 / submitted by Linah, Netherlands
Q.  Where's Mylo Xyloto recorded? The Bakery or the Beehive? They are both not used anymore, aren't they?

It was recorded at both the Bakery and the Beehive and actually, they are both still used.

July 16, 2012 / submitted by Mansi, United States of America
Q.  Do Chris/Coldplay call their studio The Bakery because of Chris' love for Sherlock Holmes? Also I went the the 2nd Houston show and am seriously still speechless. That was truly the greatest night of my LIFE. I've loved Coldplay since I was 10 and 9 years later have not stopped. I hope you can relay this message to Coldplay and tell them how much they truly mean to me. Their music has helped me in my good times and bad and I will never be able to repay them for their musical genius. I myself am a musician and til this day have never been able to write a decent song and continue being in awe of their intellect. Please tell them thank you for what they do and that they are truly inspirational, spectacular and the GREATEST musicians of my time.

Do you mean because of Baker Street? The street is named after the builder who laid the street out (William Baker). The bakery used to be an actual bakery so that's how it got its name.
Jonny is a huge fan of Sherlock Holmes too by the way.

October 6, 2009 / submitted by Anna, Sweden
Q.  Dear Oracle!
What with the Roadie #42's new blog and the band changing location for their studio; a few of us over at where wondering if the band is actually giving up The Bakery, maybe sell it? How much would a property like that cost us if we want to buy it?

Yours sincerly

This isn't the only question about buying The Bakery but they're not totally vacating the premises so it's not up for sale.

June 22, 2009 / submitted by Kara, Malaysia
Q.  Hello, I hope you have a good day. The Bakery was a new building? And how much cost were taken to built it? And how many floor, 3? Is the Bakery like a bungalow house? Hmm..I think I ask you too much but that's all. I hope you can answer it, thank you very much.

Greetings Malaysia. The band didn't build it so no, it wasn't new when they moved in. It was once a real bakery and that's why they refer to it as The Bakery. As you walk in, the ground floor is the studio area. There are stairs leading to the first floor and a spiral staircase up to a mezzanine floor.

April 2, 2009 / submitted by Jade, Australia
Q.  Hey I should probably be shot for asking this but why is Coldplay's 'pad' called 'The Bakery'?

Bit harsh isn't it? The answer is as obvious as it may seem but I don't reckon anyone should be shot over it! The building used to be a bakery.

February 18, 2009 / submitted by Maria, United States of America
Q.  Dear Oracle,

First of all I would like to say that Coldplay's music is beyond amazing and I would like to thank the members for making such incredible music that truly inspires so many people. My question is in regard to The Bakery. I recently went backpacking through Europe (I went to the Louvre and OF COURSE, I took a picture with Delacroix's Liberty Leading The People, which is absolutely stunning!) and I also went to London. After checking out all the typical tourist sites, I was determined to hop on a train, get off on Hampstead Heath and walk to The Bakery. My questions is does the band really use The Bakery? I took some pictures there and since I'm such a huge fan, some of my friends say that they really don't use The Bakery at all and to be honest, I want to prove them wrong and who else to help me out than the amazing Oracle! =)

I would also like to add that one of my most cherished memories from my time near The Bakery was that since it was very chilly, I stopped in a small diner and as I was waiting for my hot chocolate, the Viva La Vida video started playing and it just added to the fact that I felt so close to Coldplay and their music.

Thank you for your time and have a lovely day =)

Yes they do use the Bakery; it's their HQ. They have a studio there and offices; it's where they work.
They might have been there the day you took photos but as we ask fans to respect their workspace, I applaud you for not attempting to find out. It's nice there was a sign that made you feel close as indeed you were.