17 oracle items tagged as matt mcginn
January 6, 2015 / submitted by Nathalia, Brazil
Q.  Hello!
I saw on the internet a Matt McGinn's book called Zycie w Trasie. I thought it was the same as I have, but the cover is different...
Could you tell me if it is the same book?

There's only been one edition of Roadie - meaning Matt hasn't written another / updated / edited version.
This simply looks to be a Polish translation (Life in Route) with a different cover but I have never seen it elsewhere.

November 27, 2014 / submitted by George, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle,
I have a statement and a question in one; the end of Another's Arms (final chorus) is the best bit of guitar I've ever heard from Jonny. I've listened to every album countless times and seen the guys live and that is without doubt his best bit of work ever... try and let him know ;)
I was wondering - what is favourite work of Jonny's ever?

Over to Matt:
"Jon's a modest fellow but I remember a moment at the Bakery some time ago, after someone had instigated a 'what's your favourite riff you've ever been involved with' game, which resulted in the following memorable exchange*:

ME: 'Easy. What To Do About Headlice - The Duty Prefects, 1980'

JONNY: 'Probably The Scientist'

BRIAN ENO: 'Well, I suppose Heroes was pretty good!'


Mine? That's tough. Quite often something will just happen one night that blows you away. But I never get bored of him playing Clocks. And as you say, Another's Arms is pretty good!"

*Jonny may of course have a new fave since this chat.

November 27, 2014 / submitted by Sarah, United Kingdom
Q.  Hi Oracle :)
Who is behind Jonny here?

I don't recognise him. I asked Matt McGinn:
Mystery bloke! No idea.

November 26, 2014 / submitted by Jonathan, United States of America
Q.  What amp is it that Jonny is using on this Ghost Stories tour? It's different from his dual DeVilles.

Well spotted - we went a bit minimal on this run cos of the smaller venues. Jonny's onstage amp is a vintage Silvertone Twin Twelve but most of what you're hearing is a Kemper Amp Profiler, set to a custom patch. MMcG.

September 4, 2014 / submitted by Rie, Japan
Q.  Dear Oracle,

I got a copy of Roadie's book a couple of days ago at last! :-) I was looking forward to see some photos Guy had taken. There are some people who contributed to the photo section in the book in addition to Guy and I don't know which photos he took. Could you please give me a clue?

I think I may have seen photos he took but just don't know they were taken by him. I am trying hard to imagine how he would capture what he sees through the lense if I were him.

I felt it only right that Matt McGinn's last question to conclude the week of answering Qs about Jonny should be about his Roadie book.

Cheers for getting the book. Hope you like it. Well, basically, if the rest of the band are in a photo but Guy isn't (like maybe the helicopter one) there's a good chance it was him that took it. I honestly don't remember though, and that's the truth. Other people, like Roadie 42, Penny Howle and others, kindly let me use their stuff too. The cover shot is by Carrie Levy.

September 4, 2014 / submitted by Steven, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,

I'm curious if J orders his guitars custom, buys them in random shops, or perhaps a mixture of both?


PS - Love the video for magic.

Matt: Yeah, a big mixture. You said it!

September 4, 2014 / submitted by Jeroen, Belgium
Q.  How did Jonny get his hands on his Boss DD-5 Digital Delay pedals? Because apparently you can't buy them anymore?

Matt's back: We got his when they were still making them, I think. You'll probably need to go on eBay* now, I'm afraid.

*Other auction sites - or similar - are available.

September 3, 2014 / submitted by Sam, Australia
Q.  Hi Oracle,
I've been loving Coldplay's performances of the new songs from Ghost Stories, but I wanted to know what guitars and amps Jonny is using, as they look really different to what he used for the last few albums.


Sunny and the Strat mentioned previously, mainly. Amps-wise it's been the Kemper profilers plus an old Silvertone or two.

September 3, 2014 / submitted by Steven, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle,

Is the grey Fender Stratocaster Mr. Buckland has been playing for GS a new guitar or and old one he had lying around and has decided to use for this album's shows? (It looks rather worn). Thanks!

Matt says:
It's new, a Strat built for the tour by Bill Nash, made to seem old. Does it look grey? It's meant to be black...ah well.

September 3, 2014 / submitted by Jorge, Australia
Q.  Oh wise Oracle, could you please ask Matt McGinn what is Jonny Buckland's favourite guitar effect?

I asked, this is what Matt said:

Oh help...that is, echoey loud ones! So many options...but that's about the size of it...