Coldplay Admits Love For EDM & Explains How Avicii Collaboration Happened
Chris Martin revealed that he was influenced by Katy Perry, Nirvana, and EDM on Coldplay's hit single "Sky Full Of Stars. The revelation was publicized in a new video for Beats by Dre, which features Martin explaining the genesis of the single.
Martin was amazed by how Perry's songs repeat a single chord sequence while her vocal melody still keeps listeners engaged. He expanded: "Then I realized all these other people that have done that. Nirvana being a classic example — 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' is the same chord sequence basically the whole time. There's a simplicity to that. I needed to find a sequence that I could play for ages and ages and ages."
He came up with a similar progression and decided to liven it up by adding some dance music into the mix. He said, "Some people turn their nose up at [it], but then you go and see an EDM thing and people are so together and having the best time. So I was like 'Fuck it, I love that stuff [EDM], I want us to have a song that comes from that world.'"
This is what led to the band reaching out to Avicii. The star producer created his own version of "Sky Full Of Stars," and Coldplay worked to combine Avicii's EDM version with their own creation. Martin said, [It was] essentially playing Tetris for fucking hours. That's why it took so long."
The upbeat song is completely different from Coldplay's normal music, but fans have fallen in love with hearing it live. However, to Martin, it's much more than just a danceable track. He explained, "It's the most important song we've ever had lyrically, because every time I sing it I'm like, 'Yeah that's how I want to live my life.'"
Check out Coldplay's performance of the song on The Voice below.