Guy Rupert Berryman
12 April 1978
(m. 2004; div. 2007)
|Partner(s)||Keshia Gerrits (2012–present)|
Guy Rupert Berryman (born 12 April 1978) is a Scottish musician, songwriter, producer, and the bassist for the bands Coldplay and Apparatjik. He is also the creative director of The Road Rat magazine and owner of menswear brand Applied Art Forms. Despite being left-handed, Berryman plays the bass right-handed.
Berryman was born in Kirkcaldy, Scotland. He 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. His father, Rupert Berryman, is a Chartered Engineer who worked on the Channel Tunnel.
Berryman started a mechanical engineering degree at University College London (UCL), where he met future bandmates Chris Martin, Jonny Buckland, and Will Champion. Soon after he joined Coldplay, he dropped out of his engineering course and switched to a seven-year architecture programme at The Bartlett (UCL's school of architecture). 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.
Berryman owned a clothing shop called "Jezebell" in London, which closed down due to debt. In 2019, Berryman began publishing "The Road Rat" magazine, which celebrates classic automobiles, he runs it from his garage and also works with the creative direction. In December 2020, he launched a function-focused menswear brand called "Applied Art Forms". When talking about it to GQ, he said: "I have long been interested in classic workwear and military clothes. At heart I’m a collector. Over time I realised there were still gaps in my wardrobe, because I wanted clothing that was suited to the way we live now, with every design element considered and honed into a perfect garment.”
In 2004, Berryman and his Coldplay bandmate Will Champion collaborated with Magne Furuholmen of a-ha, 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. 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 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. He also played electric guitar, bass guitar, percussion, glockenspiel, omnichord, and keyboards on the album. In 2012, he produced James Levy and the Blood Red Rose's album , Pray To Be Free. In 2013, he produced New York-based band, Hudson Hank's debut album, Daybreak. Apparatjik's second studio album, Square Peg in a Round Hole, was released digitally in November 2011 and physically in March 2012.
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.
In 2004, Berryman married Joanna Briston, his childhood sweetheart, in a low-key ceremony in the City of Westminster. The couple have one daughter, Nico, born 17 September 2006. In March 2007, Coldplay's spokesman confirmed that Guy and Joanna separated after three years of marriage, and later divorced. He currently lives in the Cotswolds with fianceé Keshia Gerrits, and their children, Lucien and Bea. According to an article released by The Times in May 2021, Berryman has an estimated wealth of £107 million.
Berryman is a marathon runner and likes to run in the nearest parks or around the neighbourhoods of the hotels whenever the band is touring. He is a fan of his local football team, Raith Rovers and has an interest in photography, fashion and electronic gadgets. He also owns a vintage, retro-style jukebox and collects Motown and Stax 7" singles to play on it, joking that he knows "every second-hand vinyl shop in every major U.S. city". Berryman also restores classic cars as a hobby. In 2021, he revealed that before doing so, he had an ambition to restore aeroplanes and learn to fly them, but given the complexity of the task, he eventually got bored of the idea.
Main article: Coldplay discography
Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman has split from his childhood sweetheart wife Joanna just six months after the birth of their first child.