Jonny Buckland

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Jonny Buckland
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Buckland performing with Coldplay in 2021
Jonathan Mark Buckland

(1977-09-11) 11 September 1977 (age 44)
Islington, London, England
EducationYsgol y Waun
Alun School
Alma materUniversity College London (BA)
  • Musician
  • songwriter
Years active1996–present
Chloe Evans
(m. 2009)
Musical career
  • Guitar
  • vocals
  • keyboards
  • piano
  • harmonica
Associated acts
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Jonathan Mark Buckland (born 11 September 1977) is an English-born Welsh musician, songwriter, and the lead guitarist of rock band Coldplay,[1] which he co-founded alongside Chris Martin.[2] He is noted for sparse arrangements, use of a slide bar and delay pedal, as well as a stylistic chiming and ringing timbre that has led to comparisons to the Edge.[3]

Early life and education[edit]

Buckland was born on 11 September 1977 in Islington, London. He lived there until the age of four, when his family moved to Pantymwyn, near Mold, Flintshire, Wales.[4] When he was eleven years old, he was in the Scouts. In 2008, he told that one night, around that time, he played in a field with some friends and they had an encounter with an angry sheep and that because of that, he has not worn wool or eaten lamb since then.[5] Buckland also said that he "still likes the uniform", referring to his preference for short-sleeved shirts. He was a student at Ysgol y Waun and Alun School, with the latter being located in the Welsh town of Mold. He also studied A Level Music, Maths and Science there before moving on to university to study at UCL in London. In 2019, he mentioned having a holiday job at North Wales' Daily Post newspaper.[6]



He started an astronomy and mathematics degree at University College London (UCL) in 1996, meeting Chris Martin during their orientation week.[7] The pair spent the rest of the year planning a band, ultimately forming a group called Pectoralz.[8] Classmate Guy Berryman later joined them and in 1997 they renamed themselves Starfish, performing gigs for local Camden promoters at small clubs.[9] Martin then recruited his longtime friend Phil Harvey, who was studying classics at the University of Oxford, to be their manager.[10] The line-up was completed by Will Champion, who took the percussion duties. They eventually changed their name to Coldplay and initially rehearsed on Buckland's bedroom in a flat, with neighbors who were able to tolerate the noise.[11][12]

Other projects[edit]

Buckland has guest starred on Ian McCulloch's solo album Slideling by playing in the tracks "Sliding" and "Arthur". He also made a cameo appearance alongside Martin in the 2004 horror comedy film Shaun of the Dead.

Guitar style[edit]

Buckland performing during Coldplay's 2008 Viva la Vida Tour

He started to play the guitar inspired by The Stone Roses, Ride, George Harrison, U2, My Bloody Valentine and received encouragement from his older brother Tim.[4] Being noted for his sparse arrangements and use of a slide bar,[13] Buckland also has a stylistic chiming and ringing sound that has led to some comparisons to U2's the Edge.[3] His guitar-playing has in turn inspired many other bands to adopt a similar technique, such as the Fray's Joe King, the Killers' David Keuning, and Pat Monahan from Train on some songs.

The Edge himself stated in an interview at Glastonbury: "[Jonny Buckland] is an inspiration to guitar players everywhere, and I am proud to know that I was one of his main influences. (laughs) It makes me feel like a real rock star". Buckland largely uses the Telecaster Thinline 72' as his main electric guitar, as seen mainly in the albums X&Y, Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, and Mylo Xyloto. Buckland uses the Fender Stratocaster for his secondary guitar, but he has made clear that the Telecaster series is his favourite. During some concerts, he has used a glass slide.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Buckland is a fan of Tottenham Hotspur.[14] He was a vegetarian for some time, but eventually gave up after spending some time in Japan and, after not being able to communicate that he didn't eat meat, was served beef and found that he really liked it.[15] Buckland's brother Tim along with his band The Domino State supported Coldplay at the O2 in December 2008.[16] He married Chloe Evans in 2009; the pair already had a daughter, Violet, born in May 2007. Their son Jonah was born in November 2011. Buckland is one of the godfathers to Chris Martin's daughter Apple.[17] His family primarily resides in London’s Belsize Park area but they also own two apartments in New York City.[18][19] According to an article released by The Times in May 2021, Buckland has an estimated wealth of £107 million.[20]


With Coldplay[edit]


  1. ^ Verganti, Roberto (27 January 2017). Overcrowded: Designing Meaningful Products in a World Awash with Ideas. MIT Press. ISBN 978-0-262-33583-6.
  2. ^ "Coldplay's Jonny Buckland Could be Your Neighbor and Landlord". Observer. 3 February 2017. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  3. ^ a b Ahmad, Sophia (7 May 2009). "Interview with Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland". The Des Moines Register. Archived from the original on 9 July 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  4. ^ a b Williams, Martin (31 August 2009). "There'd be no Coldplay without Jonny Buckland". Liverpool Daily Post.
  5. ^ Coldplay's Jonny Buckland vs. Sheep — BEST STORY EVER, archived from the original on 13 November 2021, retrieved 30 May 2021
  6. ^ "Coldplay reveal new album tracks in local paper". BBC. Retrieved 24 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Front Row King". Archived from the original on 14 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
  8. ^ Ali, Mehreen F. (26 November 2005). "All That Is Cold play". Dawn. Archived from the original on 1 June 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2008.
  9. ^ (Roach 2003, p. 19)
  10. ^ (Roach 2003, p. 22)
  11. ^ Coldplay - Behind the Scenes with the Band, archived from the original on 13 November 2021, retrieved 30 May 2021
  12. ^ Coldplay on 60 Minutes (CBS) in 2009, archived from the original on 13 November 2021, retrieved 30 May 2021
  13. ^ Hamilton, Rob (2 July 2008). "Rob in Stereo – Evading Musical Immortality". Jackson Free Press. Retrieved 25 March 2009. Guitarist Jonny Buckland sounds as though he is morphing more and more into The Edge from U2.
  14. ^ "Coldplay guitarist: 'I'd give it all up for Tottenham Hotspur'". NME. 23 October 2008. Retrieved 7 November 2008. Coldplay guitarist Jonny Buckland has admitted that he would give music up for the chance of a bacon roll. Tottenham Hotspur.
  15. ^ "Boombox All Access – Coldplay". Boombox. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  16. ^ "No Coldplay split, says North Wales-based mom of guitarist'". Daily Post. 28 November 2008. Jonny's brother Tim and his band The Domino State will be supporting Coldplay at one of the 02 concerts.
  17. ^ "Martin+Paltrow Name Pegg As Godfather". 9 September 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2009.
  18. ^ "HOUSE TOUR: Coldplay's Jonny Buckland at Home". ELLE Decor. 17 April 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  19. ^ "Princess Madeleine Sells Touraine Pad; the Beckhams Consider Miami". Observer. 2 December 2016. Retrieved 21 May 2021.
  20. ^ "Paul McCartney tops musicians rich list". Retrieved 21 May 2021.

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