Coldplay inspired by Katy Perry

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 November 2014
Chris Martin

Chris Martin

Coldplay's 'A Sky Full of Stars' was inspired by Katy Perry because Chris Martin was impressed with the way she puts together a song

Coldplay's 'A Sky Full of Stars' was inspired by Katy Perry.

The group's singer, Chris Martin, was fascinated by the way the 'Roar' hitmaker maintains a similar chord sequence with a "groove" on top and used a similar approach when writing the single.

He explained: "I'll tell you the truth: I was listening to a lot of Katy Perry.

"A lot of her songs have the same chord sequence the whole time. Your body feels comfortable with them and then the melody's changing on top so there's a groove you really get in to and then also you're kept interested... So I was like, 'That's an amazing way of doing songs.'"

And as well as the pop singer, Chris' love of electronic dance music (EDM) also played a key part in putting together the song.

Speaking on a new Beat x Beat webcast produced by Beats by Dre, he added: "That song really ended up being inspired by EDM, which some people turn their nose up and then you go to see an EDM thing and people are together and having the best time.

"So I was like f**k it! I love that stuff. So I wanted to have a song that comes from that world."

However, the 37-year-old musician had to enlist the help of Avicii to help get the song to sound the way he wanted it to.

He added: "But in terms of, 'I'd really like to jump up and down to this,' we don't really know what we're doing...

"He did a full Avicii version, we did a full Coldplay version, and we spent weeks weaving it all together."

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