3 oracle items tagged as ken
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!

November 24, 2009 / submitted by John, Ireland
Q.  Who is Disco Ken!?

That'd be Ken Nelson who produced Parachutes, AROBTTH and some tracks on X&Y.

September 17, 2009 / submitted by Bec, Australia
Q.  To dear Oracle,
I saw the Coldplay message on the Rockfield Guest Book and who oh who is Disco Ken? Also is there any reason Chris used a blue pen and WHOSE WRITING IS IT?
luv luv luv Bec
pip pip xx

Disco Ken is Ken Nelson who was the producer at the helm of those studio sessions.
Ken also appeared in The Nappies video donning a wig of course...