‘Coldplay have very experimental music taste’ says Jon Hopkins

Producer and musician worked with Coldplay on 'Viva La Vida...' in 2008

Jon Hopkins has said that Coldplay have “very experimental” music taste, revealing that frontman Chris Martin is a fan of both Battles and Hudson Mohawke.

The London producer and musician worked with Coldplay on their last two albums, 2008’s ‘Viva La Vida’ and ‘Mylo Xyloto’ in 2011. Speaking to NME about his involvement and experience of working with the hugely successful group, Hopkins says that he found his time working alongside the band “amazing”. He added: “I was invited to meet them by Brian Eno and he brought me in one day to jam with them because he felt it might excite their studio practice having new players around. We all got on really well and spent four months working on the ‘Viva La Vida…’ album. They’re brilliant guys and they’ve got a very, very open taste in music.”

Elaborating on Chris Martin’s specific tastes, Hopkins mentioned experimental rock band Battles and Kanye West producer Hudson Mohawke. “I’d come in one day and Chris will be talking about this amazing new Hudson Mohawke record and he’s a massive Battles fan. When the album came out in 2007 he was going to see them all the time. It’s not a well-known thing but they’ve got very experimental music taste.”

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