5 oracle items tagged as vocals
March 5, 2015 / submitted by Phillip, United States of America
Q.  Dearest Oracle! I was watching the video of Low at Glastonbury, and I noticed Guy taking backing vocals. I know there are times when all three of them sing back up, but it seems Will typically will cover if there is just one harmony present. What goes into delegating backing vocal parts between Will, Johnny and Guy?

Will & Guy both sang backing vocals on Low at that show. It's unusual for Guy to take them on solo. As you mentioned it's usually Will - or Jonny.
Who sings what depends on the song, the mood / range / tone, who wants to, what they collectively decide...

January 13, 2015 / submitted by Ethan, United States of America
Q.  Hello Oracle!
Happy belated New Year to you:)
I was wondering, when Chris records his vocal parts does he play along with an instrument? Or does he sing them with the music playing behind him?
Thanks so much, hope you have a wonderful day!
Ethan :)

These days, it's actually not all that common to record a band playing all together, rarer that a vocalist would sing along with an instrument. It's usual to record via multitracking part by part and then to layer up. The drums & bass first followed by guitar... the vocals are almost always after the main instruments are down.
That said, Coldplay have recorded as a band (still with vocals and overdubs added after) - a lot of Mylo Xyloto was recorded in the big space at The Beehive.

October 22, 2014 / submitted by Alana, Ireland
Q.  Hello Oracle, nerdy question alert. Did Chris learn singing technique to avoid getting polyps on his vocal chords? He has a great range but I can't imagine the strain all that falsetto, particularly live, puts on his voice. I used to sing, and my teacher had this problem. Told you it was nerdy.


That's not a nerdy question; it's a fair one.
Chris has various techniques for looking after his voice and in fact, Will, Jonny & Guy also have a specific warm-up regime before every show. Chris also uses steam before and, where possible, after a show.

April 16, 2014 / submitted by Andrea, Peru
Q.  Hi Oracle
Why Guy sangs in Apparatjik taking lead vocals and in Coldplay don't? Why is too difficult for Guy to sing in Coldplay?

No, it's because he is the bass player and not the vocalist. Even though Will has taken lead vocals a couple of times and Jack White and Brendan Benson for example share lead vocal duties in The Raconteurs, it's not usual for anyone but the lead vocalist to sing lead vocals.

November 28, 2012 / submitted by MF, United States of America
Q.  Would the band ever feature one of the other guys as the lead singer in a song?

What's your favorite word?


So far, Will has taken lead vocals on Death Will Never Conquer (at live shows) & Jonny's voice is the lead on the second verse of Don't Panic but Chris is the lead singer on all tracks - well, he is the lead singer so that sort of makes sense.
They can all sing - as you know - so I'm not ruling out it being different in the future. My favourite saying at the moment is never say never.

Oh and my favourite word - I haven't got one but I do like how the words bob and bubble sound.