Coldplay's "Fix You" Re-Cut In Asia By Simple Plan, These Kids Wear Crowns & More
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More than 40 artists from all over the world, including Canada’s Simple Plan, These Kids Wear Crowns and Saidah Baba Talibah, cut a charity single of Coldplay’s “Fix You” in Singapore recently to benefit the victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami that occurred March 11.
The recording was completed during Music Matters, May 26 and 27, the Asian music industry conference that brought the artists to Singapore to showcase. Proceeds go to the Japanese Red Cross Society and a Tokyo charity called Peace Boat.
“Japan is a very close market to us,” Music Matters president Jasper Donat, who is based in Hong Kong, told Samaritanmag. “It’s the world’s number two music market; it’s the biggest in Asia. Obviously, we had the tragedy, the tsunami and the earthquake, so we challenged our artists, and working with Universal Publishing, they very kindly donated the rights to Coldplay’s ‘Fix You’ track and we re-recorded it using all of our artists. We’re going to be releasing that in a couple of weeks time with a fairly tear-jerking video.
“It started with [Simple Plan frontman] Pierre Bouvier singing on it and finishes with an amazing Japanese guitarist called Yuto [Miyazawa]. In between, it’s just beautiful. The way it was mixed, they have a lot of Japanese instruments playing over the top. It’s stunning.”
Produced and arranged by Joseph Curiale at Ocean Butterflies in Singapore and co-produced and mixed by Zennon Goh with associate producer Jeff Miyahara, the version also includes the rest of Simple Plan; all six members of These Kids Wear Crowns and Toronto singer Saidah Baba Talibah.
Joining the Canadians are members of America’s Evaline; UK’s Will And The People, Goober Guns and Franko; Ireland’s Sweet Jane; Taiwan’s Okubo; China’s Car Sick Cars; Taiwan’s KoOk and Silverbus; and Japan/Germany’s Pitchtuner; Singapore’s Sixx and 53A Band; Indonesia’s Polyester Embassy and Disconnected; India’s Pentagram; Australia’s Ball Park Music; plus China’s Helen Feng; Belgium’s Sunny Gottlieb, Jay-J, Katerine Agoustakis and Nelson Morais.
“It’s a really a lovely piece of work,” says Donat. “It took two weeks to do it — it was recorded in 10 different countries to start with and then we had about 30 of the artists going through the studio in one crazy 36-hour period — and then we released it live on Friday night at the conference. There were quite a few tears in the audience. It was a very special moment. This was seeing a music conference actually doing something [charitable].”
“Fix Me” will be sold worldwide through Universal Music Group, says Donat. It can currently be heard on the Music Matters app, www.mobileroadie.com/apps/musicmatters.
Below is the full list of singers and musicians:
Pierre Bouvier (Vocal) Simple Plan - Canada
Sébastien Lefebvre (Vocal and engineer) Simple Plan - Can
Richard Perry - Evaline - USA
Rich Craker (Guitar and Vocal) Franko - UK
Yuto Miyazawa (Guitar and Vocal) - Japan
Tommy Bastow (Vocal) Franko - UK
Saidah Baba Talibah (Vocal) - Can
Lydia Des Dolles (Vocal) Sweet Jane - Ireland
Lu Yan -AV Okubo - Taiwan
Shouwang - Car Sick Cars - China
Leslie Liang – KoOk - Taiwan
Foo Li – Silverbus - Taiwan
Johannes Marx – Pitchtuner – Japan/Germany
Aarika Lee (female vocal) - Sixx - Singapore
Kevin Lester (male rapper) - Sixx - Singapore
Elang Eby (Vocalist) - Polyester Embassy - Indonesia
Arie Ardiansyah (Vocal) - Disconnected – Indonesia
Muhammad “PJ” Panji Prayoga (Vocal) - Disconnected - INdo
Alexander Johnson - These Kids Wear Crowns - Can
Joe Porter - These Kids Wear Crowns - Can
Matt Vink - These Kids wear Crowns Can
Joshua McDaniel - These Kids Wear Crowns - Can
Josh Mitchinson - These Kids Wear Crowns - Can
Alan Poettcker - These Kids Wear Crowns - Can
Will Rendle - Will and the People - UK
James Keo - Will and the People - UK
Jim Ralphs - Will and the People - UK
Charlie Harman - Will and the People - UK
Tim Hardwick - Goober Guns - UK
Ian Hardwick - Goober Guns - UK
Vishal – Pentagram – India
Jennifer Boyce - Ball Park Music _ Australia
Sam Cromack - Ball Park Music - Aus
Aarika Lee (Vocal) Sixx - Sing
Sara Wee (Vocal) 53A Band - Sing
Sunny Gottlieb - Belgium
Jay-J - Belgium
Katerine Agoustakis - Belgium
Nelson Morais - Belgium
Helen Feng - China
Joseph Curiale (Keyboards)
Gary Gideon (Drums)
Andy Peterson (Bass)
Shamril Salleh (Guitar)
Osamu Kitajima (Koto)
Bruce Huebner (Shakuhachi)
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