6 oracle items tagged as jon hopkins
April 14, 2015 / submitted by Dana, United States of America
Q.  Hello All Knowledgeable Oracle! It would be such an honor if you would answer my question I give to you...
I came across this song called Light Through The Veins by John Hopkins on one of my iTunes radios. When I first heard it, it sounded awfully like the beginning of Life In Technicolor. It basically has the same exact notes as the beginning of the boys song, which is kind of frustrating to me. Do you have an explanation for this, dear Oracle? Did John Hopkins pull a Vanilla Ice on Coldplay? Or is this just a remix of some sort?
Thank you! I wish you a wonderful day.

There's a reason it sounds similar but it's not a remix nor did Jon take LiT and do something else with it; it's the other way around. Viva's album sleeve explains:
"Life in Technicolor and The Escapist both incorporate a large sample of Light Through the Veins written by Jon Hopkins."
(The licensing information follows the credit).

October 6, 2014 / submitted by Isabelle, Netherlands
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I think everyone who bought Ghost Stories can agree with the following: Midnight is a very unique song. I didn't knew any other artists who made music in Midnight's style. A few days ago I noticed that Jon Hopkins' music does sound a bit like Midnight. So, was Midnight inspired by Jon Hopkins, or did Coldplay really create a new 'style' on its own?

Isabelle, Netherlands

It's not a new style; Jon nor the band invented it but the ambient Midnight was based upon a previously unreleased song - Amphora - and another track both written by Jon. He's a highly talented fella & we love him.

July 29, 2013 / submitted by Iris, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle!
I was wondering if the hidden track The Escapist (one of my favorites by my favorite band!) was inspired by the Jon Hopkins song, Light Through the Veins? If not, where did Coldplay find the inspiration to create the track? Thanks in advance, Iris.

It sounds like you may not know that The Escapist was written by Jon and Chris back in 2007. The original version was longer but they trimmed it down for the album.

June 9, 2011 / submitted by Nick, United States of America
Q.  Dear All-Knowing Oracle,

Is there any chance that the band might officially release the alternate mix of The Escapist that plays over the end credits of the film The Escapist? Possibly as a free download for their fans? (Hint hint).

I'm afraid that's not likely. We're moving forward with the new album campaign you see.
I thought I'd ask Jon Hopkins to give more info on its existence: "That version of The Escapist actually only appears at the end of the film. It is a different, longer version which was how it originally sounded. I wrote it with Chris in LA back in 2007. I mixed it in surround sound at Air later that year.
We then trimmed it down for the album version, and Rik and I mixed it to normal stereo."

January 11, 2010 / submitted by Dan, United States of America
Q.  I saw the South Bank Show that the boys starred in back at the end of the tour. I was wondering, when they were singing Back for Good with Gary Barlow in the dressing room, who was the man that was playing the piano? My guess is that it's Jon Hopkins. Thanks in Advance!

That is indeed Jon Hopkins taking part in one of my favourite fly on the wall moments.

October 30, 2008 / submitted by Subki, Indonesia
Q.  Why in every album of Coldplay, there's always a "color" song. Yellow, Green Eyes, White Shadows, and finally Violet Hill....what next?
What is the different of Life in Technicolor and The Escapist? These songs have the same intro..
(Sorry for my bad english).

So there is. There's no reason for it and it's definitely not a deliberate decision but I guess life is a colourful place!
The second part of your question has already been answered so rather than answer again, I will just say Jon Hopkins and hope you can find out from that.