Jonny Buckland

Jonathan Mark Buckland (born 11 September 1977) is a British musician and multi-instrumentalist. He is the lead guitarist and co-founder of the alternative rock band Coldplay.

Jonny Buckland
Buckland, performing with Coldplay in 2011
Background information
Birth nameJonathan Mark Buckland
Born (1977-09-11) 11 September 1977
Islington, London, England
  • Musician
  • multi-instrumentalist
  • Guitar
  • keyboards
  • vocals
Years active1995–present
Associated acts

Early life

Jonathan Mark Buckland was born on 11 September 1977 in Islington, London. He lived there until the age of four, when his family moved to Pantymwyn in Flintshire, Wales.[1] Buckland started playing the guitar at the age of eleven, inspired by The Stone Roses, Ride, George Harrison, U2, and My Bloody Valentine, and also encouraged by his older brother Tim.[1] He was a student at Ysgol y Waun and Alun School, the latter located in the Welsh town of Mold. He went on to study astronomy and mathematics at University College London, where he met future bandmates Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, and Will Champion, as well as their future manager Phil Harvey, and formed Coldplay.

Buckland is noted for his sparse arrangements and use of slide. His stylistic chiming and ringing sound have led to some comparisons with the playing of U2's The Edge.[2][3]

Solo work

Buckland has guest starred on Ian McCulloch's solo album Slideling and made a cameo appearance with bandmate Chris Martin in the film Shaun of the Dead.

Guitar style

Buckland largely uses the Telecaster Thinline 72' as his main electric guitar, as seen mainly in the albums Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends, X&Y, and Mylo Xyloto. Buckland uses the Fender Stratocaster for his secondary guitar, but he has made clear that the Telecaster series is his favorite. Buckland's guitar style is mainly based on U2's The Edge's guitar sound, which consists mainly of ringing, conservative notation, various amps and distorters, and musical rawness. Buckland's guitar-playing style 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."

Personal life

Buckland is a fan of Tottenham Hotspur F.C.[4] Buckland 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.[5] Buckland's brother Tim and his band The Domino State supported Coldplay at the O2 in December 2008.[6] Buckland married Chloe Evans in 2009, and the pair have a daughter, Violet, born in May, 2007 and a son, Jonah, born in November, 2011.

According to an article released by Quartz in May 2018, Buckland has an estimated wealth of £82 million.[7]


With Coldplay


  1. Williams, Martin (31 August 2009). "There'd be no Coldplay without Jonny Buckland". Liverpool Daily Post.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. "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 to play for his favourite football team Tottenham Hotspur.
  5. "Boombox All Access – Coldplay". Boombox. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
  6. "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.
  7. Brinded, Lianna; Brinded, Lianna. "Paul McCartney remains the richest person in the music industry in Britain". Quartz. Retrieved 19 December 2018.
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