Phil Harvey (manager)

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Phil Harvey
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Harvey at Today Show's backstage in 2021
Born
Philip Christopher Harvey[1]

(1976-08-29) 29 August 1976 (age 46)
Alma materTrinity College, Oxford
Occupation
  • Creative director
  • manager
Years active
  • 1998–2002
  • 2006–present
SpouseYasmin Harvey
Children3
AwardsGrammy Award (2004)
Musical career
OriginLondon, England
Labels
Member of
Websitecoldplay.com
Signature
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Philip Christopher Harvey (born 29 August 1976) is an English creative director best known as the fifth member of the rock band Coldplay. He financed the extended play Safety (1998) and single-handedly managed the group during their early years. They signed with Parlophone in 1999 and found global fame through the release of Parachutes (2000) and subsequent records.

After separating from the band for four years due to overworking, he returned to the line-up as a creative director, making cameo appearances in many of their music videos as well. He won a Grammy Award for Record of the Year as part of Coldplay.[2] They have sold over 100 million albums worldwide as of 2021,[a] making them the most successful group of the 21st century.[5]

Early life[edit]

Philip Christopher Harvey was born on 29 August 1976 in Bristol, England.[1] Raised in Devon,[6] he later attended Sherborne School from 1990 to 1995 along with Chris Martin.[7] They have been friends since 13 years old and were on a band of soul and R&B covers called The Rockin' Honkies, where Harvey was "a guitarist with no talent, so I was substituted out to become the sound engineer".[8] He enrolled on a Classical Studies degree at Trinity College, Oxford, dropping out to become Coldplay's manager.[9]

Career[edit]

Managing[edit]

While in college, Harvey used to work at local nightclubs setting up and promoting student nights, describing it as "pretty basic stuff, but it at least gave me a vague idea of what it is to hire a venue, book a band or DJ and try and make a little money".[10] After Martin complained about the "vice-like grip" some Camden promoters had on Coldplay, he suggested the group should book their own concert at Dingwalls, where they sold the first 50 copies of Safety (1998).[10] The extended play was funded with help from his father and an Oxford roommate,[10] while the event is considered when Harvey began to manage the band, eventually dropping out of university to dedicate himself to the role entirely.[8] Coldplay then signed a brief contract with Fierce Panda Records at the end of the year, releasing their debut single, "Brothers & Sisters", in April 1999.[11]

After the other members of the group completed their final examinations at University College London, they signed a five-album contract with Parlophone.[12] Harvey carried out his role single-handedly until early 2001, when the stress of an occupation that requires a team of people forced him into a prolonged break: "The album went straight in at No.1 and all of a sudden I was working 16 hours a day with three phone lines ringing constantly. Only later that I discovered most international bands have huge teams supporting them".[10] He has since commented the 21st Brit Awards was his lowest point, as Coldplay had just won British Group and British Album of the Year, but he was "feeling like death".[10] After the recording sessions for A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002) were finished, he decided to leave the band and dedicate himself to other endeavours.[13]

Creative direction[edit]

Harvey with Paolo Petrocelli and Davide Rossi.
Harvey with EMMA for Peace president Paolo Petrocelli and Italian violinist Davide Rossi in 2018

Harvey's assistant Estelle Wilkinson and the group's American manager Dave Holmes were responsible for jointly taking over his role, the latter became Coldplay's full-time manager as of 2006.[13] After the promotion campaign for X&Y (2005) was over, he returned solely as the band's friend, commenting that over the years he "learned to be useful", which included discovering how to design a live show, make videos, do A&R and "just sort of fill in the gaps".[8] Harvey's participation in Coldplay's line-up was stressed by other members in a direct appeal to Wikipedia, where they asked fans and "Wikipedia Enthusiasts" to rectify errors on their page.[14]

His name has also been included in the liner notes for every album since Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends (2008).[15] He has made cameo appearances in numerous music videos, including "Life in Technicolor II",[16] as the man carrying a video camera; "Christmas Lights", where he was one of the Elvises playing violin;[17] "Paradise", as a zookeeper chasing the runaway elephant;[18] and "A Sky Full of Stars", being featured on a koala costume.[19] Harvey often answer questions and requests from fans on Coldplay's social media as well,[20] where his bandmates describe him as "the wise, handsome, frightening one who tells us what to do".[21]

Personal life[edit]

Although Harvey's estimated wealth remains unknown, it was reported in 2019 that he purchased a house in Brentwood, Los Angeles for $15 million, where he currently resides with his wife Yasmin.[9] The couple has three children.[22] During his years apart from Coldplay, Harvey travelled across South America and finished his original degree in Australia, being on the verge of starting a NHS training as a clinical psychologist when asked to rejoin the group.[8] He does voluntary work at Upbeat, a community mental health project in Camden, London that supplies musicians who have mental health issues by providing workshops, equipment, rehearsal space and assistance with promotion and recording.[23]

Discography[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The term "records" is for album and single sales combined.[3] Coldplay, however, sold 100 million copies in albums alone, while Parlophone have not disclosed the amount of records.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Births Index of England & Wales, 1837–2006.
  2. ^ "Phil Harvey". Grammy. 28 November 2017. Archived from the original on 9 March 2022. Retrieved 24 June 2022.
  3. ^ "What's The Difference Between A Record And An Album? 5 Things To Know". The Sound of Vinyl. 30 March 2021. Archived from the original on 15 December 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2021.
  4. ^ "Coldplay Re-ups with Warner Music Group for Long-term Deal Via Parlophone". Variety. 6 October 2021. Archived from the original on 8 January 2022. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Coldplay, Wembley Stadium, Review: Chris Martin's Infectious Joy Is Impossible To Resist". The Telegraph. 13 August 2022. Archived from the original on 13 August 2022. Retrieved 13 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Coldplaying Entrevista Phil Harvey!" [Coldplaying Interviews Phil Harvey!]. Viva Coldplay (in Portuguese). 29 March 2015. Archived from the original on 11 April 2022. Retrieved 11 April 2022.
  7. ^ "Sherborne School Alumni". Sherborne School. 31 January 2021. Archived from the original on 31 December 2021. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  8. ^ a b c d "They played a tiny café... There were four people in the audience". Music Business Worldwide. 26 February 2018. Archived from the original on 22 November 2021. Retrieved 7 January 2022.
  9. ^ a b "Coldplay's Phil Harvey Dumps $15 Million In Brentwood Park". Dirt. 28 January 2019. Archived from the original on 10 April 2022. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  10. ^ a b c d e "We Interview Coldplay's Manager" (PDF). Coldplay E-Zine. April 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 November 2007. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  11. ^ "The Brothers & The Sisters Ltd. Colour 7"". Fierce Panda Records. 26 April 2019. Archived from the original on 7 February 2022. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  12. ^ Larkin, Colin (27 May 2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 978-0857125958. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  13. ^ a b "One-time Coldplay Manager Estelle Wilkinson On Her Time With The Band". Wales Online. 8 October 2016. Archived from the original on 10 April 2022. Retrieved 25 June 2021.
  14. ^ "Newsreel: An appeal to Wikipedia enthusiasts". Coldplay Official Website. 25 July 2008. Archived from the original on 9 August 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2016.
  15. ^ "Everyday Life Booklet" (PDF). Warner Music Group UK. 22 November 2019. Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 December 2021. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  16. ^ "Coldplay – Life in Technicolor II (Official Video)". YouTube. 20 January 2009. Archived from the original on 23 November 2020. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  17. ^ "Dear Oracle, who in the world is the third Elvis in the Christmas Lights video?!". Coldplay Official Website. 29 November 2010. Archived from the original on 4 October 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  18. ^ "Interview: Director Mat Whitecross on the Paradise Video". Coldplay Official Website. 10 November 2011. Archived from the original on 28 December 2016. Retrieved 14 June 2022.
  19. ^ "Coldplay – A Sky Full of Stars (Official Video)". YouTube. 19 June 2014. Archived from the original on 10 April 2022. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  20. ^ "Phil Harvey, 5º Membro do Coldplay, Dá Detalhes Sobre Feat com BTS" [Coldplay's 5th Member Phil Harvey Gives Details About BTS Collab]. Observatório de Música (in Portuguese). 20 October 2021. Archived from the original on 10 April 2022. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  21. ^ "Coldpage". The New York Times. 13 July 2008. Archived from the original on 3 February 2022. Retrieved 31 December 2021.
  22. ^ Coldplay [@coldplay] (19 October 2021). "All 7 of their voices blend so well together, and with Chris'. This is me and my three boys' favourite song. Phil" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 11 April 2022. Retrieved 11 April 2022 – via Twitter.
  23. ^ "Environmental Lawyers | Phil Harvey". ClientEarth. 26 July 2012. Archived from the original on 26 July 2014. Retrieved 10 April 2022.

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