Guy Rupert Berryman

Guy Rupert Berryman (12 April 1978, in Kirkcaldy, Scotland) is a Scottish musician best known as the bassist for the groups Coldplay and Apparatjik. Berryman is left-handed but chooses to play the bass the orthodox way.

Coldplay

Berryman started an engineering degree at University College London. Soon after, he dropped out of his engineering course and switched to a seven-year architecture program.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.

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.

Personal life

Berryman was educated at an independent school in Scotland, The Edinburgh Academy, and Kent, at Kent College Canterbury, before attending University College London. In 2004, Berryman married Joanna, his childhood sweetheart,[3] in a low key ceremony in the City of Westminster. They have one daughter, Nico, born on 17 September 2006. Berryman used to run a clothing shop called Jezebell in London, which has closed due to debt with running the business. The opening of the store was attended by bandmates Jonny Buckland and Will Champion, and their partners. In March 2007, Coldplay’s spokesman confirmed that Guy and Joanna separated after three years of marriage. They are now divorced, but see each other frequently for the wellbeing of their daughter Nico.

Berryman is an avid marathon runner and likes to run in the nearest parks or around the neighborhoods of the hotels whenever the band is touring. He also has an interest in photography, fashion and electronic gadgets.] He is a fan of his local football team Raith Rovers F.C.

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 the late James Brown in concert.

According to an article released by MSN UK in April 2008, Berryman has an estimated wealth of £25 million.

Mark Berryman, Guy’s brother, is currently living in Scandinavia. Mark has been with the band from day one and has been an integral part of Coldplay’s success. Guy and Mark are well known to have to have been the main promoters of the band during the early years in Canterbury. Mark is married in Scandinavia and the father of twins. Mark has moved on to run an import export business.

On June 7, 2010, The Sun reported that Berryman and his brother Mark would be forming a company for antiques.

Other musical projects

In 2004, Guy (and Will Champion) collaborated with Magne Furuholmen of a-ha, Guy’s big musical hero, on his solo album Past Perfect Future Tense playing the song Kryptonite.

In 2008, Berryman participated to the Movie Soundtheme of Umi no Shanghai. He also played the bass guitar in Furuholmen’s A Dot of Black in the Blue of Your Bliss.

In the same year he collaborated with Magne Furuholmen, Jonas Bjerre (of Mew) and Martin Terefe under the band name of Apparatjik for the theme to the BBC2 series, Amazon. The theme is available along with exclusive tracks from various other artists on the Survival International charity album, Songs for Survival. Apparatjik has recently announced on their Twitter and Facebook pages that a new track called “Electric Eye” will be available on the 30th of November, as a free download on their website. Apparatjik made their very first live performance at the eleventh edition of club transmediale, an annual festival in Berlin, due to take place between 28 January and 7 February 2010. This first ever performance of Apparatjik took place inside a specially constructed cube at the WMF on Monday, February 1, 2010.[1] On the same day, they released of their debut album, titled We Are Here.

In 2010 and 2011, Berryman worked with The Pierces and Coldplay’s producer Rik Simpson in the production of The Pierces’ new album You and I.

Non-musical credits

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

Guy Berryman
Background information
Born 12 April 1978 (age 33)
Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Genres Alternative rock
Occupations Bassist
Instruments Bass guitar, double bass, piano, keyboards, guitar, vocals, drums, mandolin, percussion santoor, trumpet, french horn, cello
Years active 1996–present
Associated acts Coldplay, Apparatjik
Notable instruments
Fender Precision Bass
Fender Jazz Bass
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