Chris Martin


Chris Martin

Chris Martin
  • Name: Chris Martin
  • Band(s): Coldplay
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  • Music style(s): Rock

Jonathon Mark Buckland was born in Islington north London in 1977. He grew up in Pantymwyn, North Wales after his family moved there when he was four years old.

Jonny Buckland started learning the guitar when he was 11 years old and was inspired by the music of the Stone Roses and George Harrison amongst others.

He attended the Mold Alun High school and studied music at A level, his teacher noticing his talent for playing the guitar and musical composition.

After leaving school, Jonny Buckland won a place at the University college of London where he studied mathematics and astronomy. He met Chris Martin during the first week of university and they became close friends before meeting up with the future line-up of Coldplay – drummer Will Champion and bass player Guy Berryman.

Jonny Buckland’s guitar style has often been compared to the Edge because of his sparse musical arrangements and use of stylistic chiming and ringing sounds. Although Chris Martin is the driving force behind the band, JonnyBuckland’s atmospheric guitar style is a vital component of the band’s sound. He plays a selection of guitars, favouring Fender thinline telecasters, a vintage fender jazzmaster and a Gibson les Paul deluxe and a 12 string Rickenbacker. Acoustic guitars include a Martin and Gibson acoustic.

Chris Martin often calls Jonny Buckland “Jonnyboy” especially on stage when he is about to solo or play a lead guitar part. Off stage they remain close friends and Jonny Buckland is Godfather to Martin’s daughter Apple.

As well as his work with Coldplay, Jonny Buckland has also played with his elder brother Tim’s band the Domino State. The band supported Coldplay in 2006 at the O2 arena.

Jonny Buckland lives in London with his wife Chloe and they have one daughter.

He is a staunch Spurs supporter and he regularly attends home matches.



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