Guy Berryman

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Guy Berryman
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Berryman performing with Coldplay in 2011
Background information
Birth nameGuy Rupert Berryman
Born (1978-04-12) 12 April 1978 (age 41)
Kirkcaldy, Scotland
  • Musician
  • photographer
  • Bass
  • piano
  • synthesizer
  • mandolin
  • harmonica
  • percussion
Years active1995–present
Associated acts

Guy Rupert Berryman (born 12 April 1978) is a British musician and photographer best known as the bassist for the bands Coldplay and Apparatjik. Though Berryman is left-handed, he plays the bass right-handed.

Coldplay British band

Coldplay are a British rock band formed in London in 1996. The four members – lead vocalist/pianist Chris Martin, lead guitarist Jonny Buckland, bassist Guy Berryman and drummer Will Champion – were at University College London and came together from 1996 to 1998, during which time the band changed names from Pectoralz, to Starfish, then Coldplay. Creative director and former manager Phil Harvey is often referred to as the fifth member by the band. They recorded and released two EPs: Safety in 1998 and The Blue Room in 1999. The latter was their first release on a major label, after signing to Parlophone.

Apparatjik band

Apparatjik are a multi-national band formed in 2008. The band is a supergroup that consists of bassist Guy Berryman from Coldplay, guitarist/keyboardist Magne Furuholmen from A-ha, singer/guitarist Jonas Bjerre of Mew and drummer/producer Martin Terefe. The band's name literal translation is "agent of the apparatus". Apparatjik is based on apparatchik, which is a word of Russian origin and is used to describe "an official or bureaucrat in any organization" but has in the past had other meanings, including "Communist agent or spy".



Berryman started an engineering degree at University College London (UCL). Soon after, he dropped out of his engineering course and switched to a seven-year architecture programme at The Bartlett (UCL's school of architecture). [1] He dropped out of his architecture degree after one year to focus on playing bass with Coldplay. While his bandmates were still continuing their degrees, Berryman worked as a barman in a local London pub.

University College London, which has operated under the official name of UCL since 2005, is a public research university located in London, United Kingdom. It is a member institution of the federal University of London, and is the third largest university in the United Kingdom by total enrolment, and the largest by postgraduate enrolment.

The Bartlett

The Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment is the Faculty of the Built Environment of University College London (UCL), part of the University of London in England. It is home to the Bartlett School of Architecture and The Bartlett School of Planning, two of the leading architecture and urban planning schools in the world. The Bartlett is ranked first in the world in Architecture / Built Environment in the 2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject.

During the Twisted Logic Tour for the promotion of Coldplay's third album, X&Y , Berryman took candid pictures of the band with disposable cameras and threw them to the audience. [2]

Twisted Logic Tour concert tour by Coldplay

The Twisted Logic Tour was a global concert tour by British alternative rock band Coldplay in support of their third studio album, X&Y (2005). The year-long tour took the band across Europe and their native United Kingdom, as well as to the United States and Canada. The main legs of the tour concluded in July 2006 after shows in Asia & Australia, with the band resting for a lengthy period of time, and beginning production of their fourth studio album Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends in November. In the beginning of 2007, a final leg in Latin America concluded the tour entirely in March, after about a dozen shows. Pollstar reported that the 2005 North American leg grossed an estimated $24.1 million. The second leg of the North American tour ended 6 April 2006 at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia.

<i>X&Y</i> 2005 studio album by Coldplay

X&Y is the third studio album by the British rock band Coldplay. It was released on 6 June 2005 by Parlophone in the United Kingdom, and a day later by Capitol Records in the United States. The album was produced by Coldplay and producer Danton Supple. It is noted for its troubled and urgent development, with producer Ken Nelson having originally been tasked with producing much of the album; however, many songs written during his sessions were discarded owing to the band's dissatisfaction with them. The album's cover art is a combination of colours and blocks, which is a representation of the Baudot code.

Business ventures

Berryman owned a clothing shop called "Jezebell" in London, which closed down due to debt.

On 7 June 2010, The Sun reported that Berryman and his brother Mark would be forming a company dealing with antiques. [3]

<i>The Sun</i> (United Kingdom) Tabloid newspaper from the United Kingdom and Ireland

The Sun is a tabloid newspaper published in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. As a broadsheet, it was founded in 1964 as a successor to the Daily Herald; it became a tabloid in 1969 after it was purchased by its current owners. It is published by the News Group Newspapers division of News UK, itself a wholly owned subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Since The Sun on Sunday was launched in February 2012, the paper has been a seven-day operation. The Sun previously had the largest circulation of any daily newspaper in the United Kingdom, but it was overtaken by rival Metro in March 2018.

In 2019, Berryman began publishing "The Road Rat" magazine, celebrating classic automobiles. [4]

Personal life

Berryman was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland, and was educated at two independent schools: at The Edinburgh Academy in the city of Edinburgh in Scotland, and at Kent College in the city of Canterbury in England, before attending University College London.

Kirkcaldy town and former royal burgh in Fife, Scotland

Kirkcaldy is a town and former royal burgh in Fife, on the east coast of Scotland. It is about 11.6 miles (19 km) north of Edinburgh and 27.6 miles (44 km) south-southwest of Dundee. The town had a recorded population of 49,460 in 2011, making it Fife's second-largest settlement and the 12th most populous settlement in Scotland.

Edinburgh Capital city in Scotland

Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland and one of its 32 council areas. Historically part of the county of Midlothian, it is located in Lothian on the Firth of Forth's southern shore.

Kent College

Kent College, Canterbury is a co-educational independent school for boarding and day pupils between the ages of 3 months and 18 years. It was founded in 1885, and is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference. Originally established as a boys' public school, it admitted girls into the sixth form in 1973 and since 1975 it has been fully co-educational.

In 2004, Berryman married Joanna, his childhood sweetheart, [5] in a low-key ceremony in the City of Westminster. The couple have one daughter, Nico, born 17 September 2006. [6] [7] In March 2007, Coldplay's spokesman confirmed that Guy and Joanna separated after three years of marriage, and later divorced. [8] Berryman is now engaged to Dutch model Keshia Gerrits. [9]

Berryman is an avid marathon runner and likes to run in the nearest parks or around the neighbourhoods of the hotels whenever the band is touring. He also has an interest in photography, fashion and electronic gadgets. [2] He is a fan of his local football team Raith Rovers. Berryman owns a vintage retro style juke box and collects Motown and Stax 7" singles to play on it. He jokes that he knows "every secondhand vinyl shop in every major U.S. city". Berryman once said to have been starstruck by James Brown in concert. [2]

According to an article released by Quartz in May 2018, Berryman has an estimated wealth of £82 million. [10]

Other musical projects

Berryman performing during Coldplay's 2008 Viva la Vida Tour. Guy Berryman Madrid.jpg
Berryman performing during Coldplay's 2008 Viva la Vida Tour.

In 2004, Berryman and his Coldplay bandmate Will Champion collaborated with Magne Furuholmen of a-ha, Berryman's music hero, [11] on his solo album Past Perfect Future Tense , playing in the song "Kryptonite".

In 2008, Berryman participated to the Movie Soundtheme of Umi no Shanghai. He also played the bass guitar on Furuholmen's second album, A Dot of Black in the Blue of Your Bliss . In the same year, he started collaboration with Magne Furuholmen, Jonas Bjerre (of Mew) and Martin Terefe under the band name of Apparatjik, working on a musical theme for the BBC2 series, Amazon . [12] The theme was made available along with exclusive tracks from various other artists on the Survival International charity album, Songs for Survival . Apparatjik has made their very first live performance at the eleventh edition of club transmediale, an annual festival in Berlin, which took place between 28 January and 7 February 2010. Apparatjik performed inside a specially constructed cube at the WMF on Monday, 1 February 2010. On the same day, the band released their debut album, titled We Are Here .

In 2010 and 2011, Berryman produced The Pierces' new album, You and I , together with Coldplay's producer Rik Simpson.

Apparatjik's second studio album, Square Peg in a Round Hole , was released digitally in November 2011 and physically in March 2012.

Non-musical credits

Berryman was credited with providing photographs for the inner sleeve of the album Foot of the Mountain , released by Norwegian pop/rock band a-ha in 2009. [13]


With Coldplay

With Apparatjik


  1. Roach, Martin (2003). Coldplay: Nobody Said It Was Easy. Location unknown:Omnibus Press, 18. ISBN   0-7119-9810-8
  2. 1 2 3 Scaggs, Austin; Corbijn, Anton (25 August 2005), "COLDPLAY'S QUIET STORM". "THE HANDSOME ONE" Rolling Stone. (981):40–46
  3. "Coldplay's Guy Berryman wants to be an antiques expert". The Sun . London. 7 June 2010.
  4. TYLER HEATLEY (24 April 2019). "Check out Coldplay star Guy Berryman's garage". Motorious.
  5. Killkelly, Daniel (12 May 2007). "Coldplay star splits from wife". Digital Spy. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  6. Montgomery, James (2 October 2006). "No Five-Year Hiatus For Coldplay – But They Are Taking A Break". MTV News . (MTV Networks). Retrieved 14 October 2008.
  7. "Coldplay to take hiatus?". Ireland On-Line. 2 October 2006. Archived from the original on 9 June 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2008.
  8. Taylor, Chris (12 May 2007). "Coldplay Star Splits With Wife". Entertainment Wise. Retrieved 11 July 2008. Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman has split from his childhood sweetheart wife Joanna just six months after the birth of their first child.
  9. Hope, Hannah (24 March 2014). "Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman engaged to Dutch model Keshia Gerrits".
  10. Brinded, Lianna; Brinded, Lianna. "Paul McCartney remains the richest person in the music industry in Britain". Quartz. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
  11. "A-Ha Guy's an Eighties baby". The Sun. London. 18 September 2008. Retrieved 14 March 2010. COLDPLAY bassist GUY BERRYMAN has formed an offshoot new band with his musical hero, guitarist MAGNE FURUHOLMEN of Eighties pop champs A-HA.
  12. "Coldplay and A-ha team up". Teletext. Archived from the original on 26 August 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2008.
  13. Archived 18 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine

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