Will Champion


Will Champion was born on July 31, 1978 in Hampshire, England. He studied Anthropology at University College in London and worked as a bouncer in a bar before joining Coldplay. His musical interests include traditional Irish folk songs and the music of Tom Waits. He can play guitar, bass guitar and piano, but plays drums for Coldplay. Prior to his role in the band, he had never played drums before.


Yamaha Silver Sparkle Drums:

  • 24" Kick Drum
  • 16" Floor Tom
  • 12" Rack Tom
  • Maple Absolute 14" Snare
  • 2 x Brady 14" Snare


"We'd just finished recording 'Shiver,' and we all went outside to just chill out. THe sky was absolutely incredible. It was so completely clear, and there were like a billion, billion stars. The next moring Chris [Martin] had written a Neil Young-style, country-type song. When Jonny [Buckland] added his guitar riff, it became a bit more upbeat. 'Yellow' is a happy song because it represents a happy time for us. A lot of time in the studio was spent arguing and fighting, and sometimes it was very tense. But that day was a really good day."

"We do work incredibly hard – we have spent a lot of time touring, especially in America – but we're constantly surprised by how well things are going for us."

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