Why don't some people like Coldplay?

The video for the song "Hymn for the Weekend" is set in India. How did you like Mumbai?

Chris Martin: The city is incredibly colorful. And very big, I've only seen a small part of it. I think you could live there for a hundred years and still not know all the places. The people I met were very friendly. My impression was that a lot of different people and places come together in one city. It's overwhelming, but very beautiful - and crazy.

Colorful? Is that why you chose the city as the location?

Martin: Yes, absolutely. But I think we were just looking for a reason to go to India. We were eager to finally go there. We want to play at a festival there in autumn.

Some fans criticized you for the video. It would contain too many stereotypes and only show one side of the country ...

Martin: You know, we get criticized for almost everything we do. I don't mind, I welcome the criticism. Everyone can have their own opinion. Some people don't like our songs, some don't like the video. We tried to go out of our way for everyone in the video. We treated all people appropriately and gave work to local people. We did our best in this regard - if we did anything wrong I apologize to these people.

Have you also seen the poorer parts of the city and the country?

Martin: Most of what I've seen can actually be seen in the video - a fishing port, a market square or the back seat of a taxi. But I also went to a small island an hour away from Mumbai, Elephanta. There are no cars there, there are only monkeys and caves that were built there hundreds of years ago by the monks. But then there was this one kid, a boy, who was selling souvenirs. And he was wearing a Coldplay t-shirt. I pointed to it and said, "Oh, that's me! Thank you!" But the boy just looked at me questioningly - according to the motto: What the fuck are you talking about ?! That was really fun. He didn't know who I am and thought I was crazy.

You recorded the song together with Beyoncé. What was it like working with her?

Martin: It is a gift from God on this planet. It was very special with her. I'm really lucky because sometimes I can see these people at work without all the lights and make-up, just the people. When you're so close to Beyoncé and then hear her sing - it's just phenomenal, really gripping. She has so much dedication and talent. And it's so different from what we do.

In what way?

Martin: She does a lot of R'n'B, she's a completely different artist than we are. But I think we are all trying to show that we belong to the same family. It makes no difference what music you make or where you come from.

Is that something that you also want to convey with your music?

Martin: That's just how I see the world. There is so much terrible news out there right now - it's about aggression and division. That's not what i'm feeling

You performed with Beyoncé during the Super Bowl halftime show. There, too, it was about this topic. Were you excited?

Martin: The Super Bowl is a huge moment for every artist. We decided not just to deliver Coldplay music, but to get that message across.

After the Super Bowl, the world talked about Beyoncé and her political message that day. Did she convince?

Martin: Yes, I was really proud. I think what she wanted to say is very important. Obviously we can't, I mean we're only four men from England. But what we could do was help them. In my opinion, her song ["Formation"] is about the sexes and strong women.

Your new album "A Head Full of Dreams" is a lot happier than the previous one. Why?

Martin: It's about getting a new perspective on things. After "Ghost Stories" we wanted to do something colorful, change the perspective. It's about how you deal with your own challenges in life. You shouldn't let pessimism overwhelm you and see things in a more positive light.

You recently said in an interview that it is important to allow yourself to have negative and depressive thoughts.

Martin: Yes, that's right. By that I mean that we all have to learn to accept certain things. You are who you are. And should try not to run away from his negative feelings. And trust that this point where you are right now is where you should be in the moment. Sometimes it is of course very difficult.

Are you talking about getting some kind of benefit from it?

Martin: I really don't wish that to anyone. But there are ways to come to terms with such thoughts. For example, some writers offer you good prospects.

Do you know those bad moments yourself when you found something positive?

Martin: There were many. Right now I am very grateful for so many things. For example for my children or the band, I'm lucky. And I didn't go through any particularly difficult challenges. A book by a guy named Viktor Frankl helped me a lot, "... still say yes to life" [note. der Red .: The author was a Jewish psychologist who wrote down his experiences from the concentration camp during the Second World War]. He has an interesting way of looking at life. I thought to myself: If this person can write such a book after everything he has experienced and see life this way - then I urgently have to change my perspective.

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