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Tim Rice-Oxley

Background information
Birth name Timothy James Rice-Oxley
Born 2 June 1976 (1976-06-02) (age 33)
Oxford, England
Genres Alternative rock
Occupations Musician
Instruments Piano
Backing vocals
Distortion piano
Years active 1995–present
Associated acts Keane, Gwen Stefani
Tim Rice-Oxley playing his Yamaha CP-70 alongside drummer Richard Hughes during the January 2005 Tsunami Relief Cardiff concert

Timothy James Rice-Oxley (born 2 June 1976), is an English musician, best known as the co-founder, pianist, bassist, main composer and lyricist of piano rock band Keane. He plays piano, keyboards, bass, and provides backing vocals for the band.

Life and career

He was born in Oxford, England to Margaret and Charles Patrick Rice-Oxley. He went to Tonbridge School, Kent with his best friends at the time, Richard Hughes and Tom Chaplin. Rice-Oxley's and Chaplin's mothers had become friends as Rice-Oxley's brother (also named Tom) was born soon after Chaplin, with their mothers becoming friends. He had piano lessons when he was a teenager but admitted to hating them and never practising pieces because they were all classical music which he found boring. After his parents stopped his lessons, he developed a liking for piano and so taught himself how to play, mainly because of The Beatles.[1] Later, Rice-Oxley would give Chaplin after-school piano lessons.

In 1994, he began studying for a degree in Classics at University College London, where Hughes studied Geography. Friend and guitarist Dominic Scott suggested to Rice-Oxley that they form a band and he agreed. The two asked Hughes to join on drums. While there, he met Chris Martin, who was creating demos at the time with Coldplay. Rice-Oxley was invited by Martin to join after listening to his piano playing during a weekend at Virginia Water in Surrey, but declined in order to concentrate on Keane with his friends.

In 1997, Rice-Oxley convinced Scott and Hughes to let Chaplin join the band. It was in this year that the band took the name Keane.

During their stint in London, Rice-Oxley shared a flat with Chaplin in Stoke Newington and they tried to get money for rehearsal time. When Scott left the band in July 2001, Rice-Oxley started playing the piano. He continues to play bass; however now the parts are pre-recorded and are sampled in live gigs through an Apple Powerbook.

In 2004, he won an Ivor Novello Award for Best Composer of the Year.

Tim has a wife, Jayne Rice-Oxley, who he married in February 2005. Chaplin was the best man at their wedding. Tim is the only member of the band who is married.

In 2006, he contributed on the song, "Early Winter," and on "The Girl Inside" (unreleased) on Gwen Stefani's second solo album, The Sweet Escape.

Currently, he provides live and studio backing vocals for ;;Keane, except for the studio songs "Sunshine" and "This Is the Last Time" (demo version) where he sings the lead vocals, as well as some Under the Iron Sea DVD and Perfect Symmetry demos.

Equipment list

More information: Live and studio instrumentation



Simple English

Timothy James Rice-Oxley (born June 2, 1976, in East Sussex England) is the English pianist of rock band Keane. He plays piano and Bass. He also writes the songs for the band. He took piano lessons which he hated. This because he had to play classic music and he thought it was boring. Later, he began playing the piano listening to The Beatles. In 2004, he won the Ivor Novello award for Best Composer of the year.

In 1995, his friend Dominic Scott told him to make a band. The band was called "The Lotus Eaters". They asked Richard Hughes to play the drums. Tom Chaplin would play bass. Rice-Oxley and Chaplin had been friends since they were children. In 1997, Rice-Oxley asked Chaplin to sing. The band changed its name to "Keane". When Scott left the band in 2001, Rice-Oxley started playing piano again and recording bass separately. He still does that.


Equipment List

Complete list: Equipment list



  1. " Fanzine". Retrieved August 1 2006. 
  2. Q Magazine: Keane (July 2006)

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