Chris Martin

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Chris Martin in Hong Kong in 2006

Christopher Anthony John Martin (born 2 March 1977) is the lead singer, pianist and occasional rhythm guitarist of the popular rock band Coldplay.


  • Those have been the two biggest challenges of my life: trying to follow Radiohead, and trying to follow Brad Pitt.
    • Alluding to his marriage to Gwyneth Paltrow
    • Scaggs, Austin; Corbijn, Anton (2005-08-25), "COLDPLAY'S QUIET STORM". Rolling Stone. (981):40-46.
  • Coldplay is for people with great taste, intelligence, incredible good lookingness, talent, ability, success, grabbing of life. Coldplay's for people who know what life's about. They're always entertaining. Delightful to talk to. Sweet, charming, incredibly good in bed. Virile. They have incredible success with girls, or boys, or both. They're generally just the world's best citizens. Maybe I'm biased, but I'm definitely right.
    • In an interview with Andrew Denton on Enough Rope, 3 July 2006.
  • Men are all just silly creatures running around and I'm the first to lust after girls, though I do get embarrassed and shy.
    • Chris Martin, August 2002.
  • I think as people listen to the album more it'll become its own thing more, but it'll also become apparent how much we've plagiarised. To me, really, at the end of our album we should've had a bibliography.
  • There's no reason not to stand for this song, come on, if you stand we'll buy you all ice cream
    • Chris Martin, Live 2003.
  • The one thing you have is your uniqueness.
    • Chris Martin.
  • Cool, to me, is following what you believe in.
    • Chris Martin.
  • Though some of the things I do can come across nerdy or unprofessional, it's at least true to me.
    • Chris Martin.
  • The only thing you can rely on is not being false. That's really [my] only rule.
    • Chris Martin.
  • Some people are into bondage... And some people are into crossdressing... And some people are into Coldplay. It's okay, I don't mind being a fetish.
    • Chris Martin.
  • There’s an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm where they get the text of an obituary wrong, and instead of saying “beloved aunt,” it says “beloved cunt.” And I always think that would kind of sum up the two sides of my life, the two sides of the coin. I’d like that.
    • Chris Martin about death, 2008.
  • Life is beautiful in all its colors, even the darker ones, they’re here for a reason.
  • [inducting Peter Gabriel into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame] And Phil The Collins said unto him, “Who are you, oh angel?” And the angel replied, “I am Gabriel.” … “Ye shall be the singer of Genesis now.” And the Phil that was called Collins was awestruck in the presence of the angel and replied, “How can this be, oh angel? I am but a humble drummer. I can’t dance. I can’t talk. The only thing about me is the way I walk.”
    • Chris Martin, april 2014.
  • [on a-ha Unbelievable songwriting. One of the first bands I loved.
    • Chris Martin.
  • One day in Haiti I was talking to a farmer. I said, "I don't have any solution to these problems." He said, "Of course you don't! You're a singer." He was right. Music is what I live for - and as Coldplay, our main job is to make the best music we can. But I hope that in our small way we can do something to raise awareness.
  • In my mind, when God made women he did an amazing job.
    • Chris Martin
  • We want to make something that moves us when we hear it. Because after all the hype and awards and whatever, that’s all music is.
    • Chris Martin.
  • I don't speak particularly well. That's one of the consequences of being extremely ugly.
    • Chris Martin.
  • We don't tell anyone the darker side of things. We've been through all the breakups and addictions and all that. But we have a chemistry that no one else in the world has. So we don't mess with it.
  • What changed for me was – I don’t want to go through life being scared of it, being scared of love, being scared of rejection, being scared of failure.
    • Chris Martin, Zane Lowe interview 2014.
  • Ever since our band came out, we have been a very polarising group because we do a certain thing very well.
    • Chris Martin, 2014.
  • I wanted to look at the idea of ghosts; how do you let the things that have happened to you in the past, not affect your present?
  • I don't think [vulnerability] is just a feminine thing. All men are soft and vulnerable, as well. (...) I think we boys, we men, are actually much weaker and softer than we like to think.
    • Chris Martin.
  • I don’t think being 13 to 15 is an easy time for any boy. It’s like a big puberty race, and if you’re coming in last, it’s not such a great race to be in. I was a hyper-religious, quite naive and very judgmental kid. I was unpopular for three years, and then it all kind of switched when I was 16. But I had already been marked with the “I’m going to fucking get out of here and show you bastards what’s what” tag. So I’m very grateful for that period of challenge between 13 and 16, facing the blinkeredness of that kind of schoolboy mentality of, like, “You’re gay, you’re bad at sports, you’re this, you’re that.” Because it did make me think: «I don’t want to end up in some bank, where I’m going to have to take this kind of shit off these same people for the rest of my life. I need to get out of this fucking treadmill 'public school, into university, into a bank, into a summer house in France.'»
    • Chris Martin, Rolling Stone Magazine interview 2008.
  • [As a teenager I] felt like there must be more to life than rugby and cheap cider on the weekends.
    • Chris Martin.
  • One of our big conversations that we always have in this band is, we don't see rock & roll as being about coke-taking, leather-trouser-wearing rebellion, because that to us is not rebellion anymore. The spirit of rock & roll is freedom. It's about following what you believe in and not caring what anyone else says. And if that means writing something on your hand, then you've got to write something on your hand. It doesn't matter if you don't look as cool as the Ramones - you're never going to, anyway. So I know that we'll be ridiculed for this and look stupid for that. But as long as we believe in what we're doing, we can't apologize for it.
    • Chris Martin.

About Chris Martin[edit]

  • Coldplay frontman Chris Martin has found his niche in making the sound of solitude a triumphant experience, like Good Will Hunting: The Musical.
    • John Mayer from his January 1, 2005 column in Esquire magazine.
  • [In person] Martin is almost unnervingly intense: He has an endearing, Hugh Grant-like stammer, but when he feels strongly about what he's saying, which is often, his eyes give off little sparks, like he's a mad scientist detailing plans for world domination.
    • Rolling Stone magazine.
  • Martin is mostly immune to the groan-worthy platitudes and shameless chest-puffing typical of his stadium-filling brethren.
    • Pitchfork Magazine.
  • [In person] Martin seems genuinely engaged, his boyish charm never souring into smarm. ... [He is] playful and witty. ... [And] as innocent as [a] teenager... [He exudes an] utmost sincerity.
    • Pitchfork Magazine.
  • [He] has an easy way with a quip.
    • Entertainment Weekly.

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