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8 Bands That Met In College & Made It Big

Ever wondered how and when your favourite bands got together? While there’s all kinds of ways that bands have formed, some of the very best have met while on a completely different path, planning out their lives in college striving for a degree. Some dropped out, some made it through, but whether they graduated or not – these artists ultimately got something pretty great out of college, a group that came together to form some legendary bands.

Check out our list of bands that met in college and made it big below!


Chris Martin met guitarist Jonny Buckland during orientation week at University College London in 1996. The two started jamming with the band name Pectoralz, until 1997 when they recruited Guy Berryman (bass) and Will Champion (drums). The four of them decided to change their name to Starfish. It was only until 2000 that the band released their debut album Parachutes as Coldplay.

Vampire Weekend

At New York’s Columbia University, four students came together to form as an indie-rock group in 2006. With Ezra Koenig as the lead singer/guitarist, Chris Thomson on the drums, Chris Baio on the Bass, and Rostam Batmanglij as a guitarist, the foursome entitled themselves Vampire Weekend – the indie rock legend we all know today!



Lead singer/guitarist Black Francis and Guitarist Joey Santiago met while studying at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, they later recruited bassist Kim Deal and drummer David Lovering to form Pixies in 1986 after dropping out of school – creating hits like “Monkey Gone to Heaven” and more.

The Strokes

Julian Casablancas, Fabrizio Moretti, and Nick Valensi may have jammed together before college at The Dwight School in Manhattan, but when Casablancas was sent to Switzerland for boarding school at age 13, he met Albert Hammand Jr., who came back to New York with Casablancas to attend NYU. With this, the group united and formed as The Strokes in 1998.


During their freshman year at Wesleyan University, Benjamin Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden met and formed a band while having jam sessions in their dorm room. Since 2002 they’ve been jamming across the world as MGMT, a band that serves all the vibes.

Pink Floyd

In 1965, the four original members of Pink Floyd met at the London Technical College of Architecture. Together, Syd Barret, Nick Mason, Roger Waters, and Richard Wright used a space on campus to write and rehearse. Leading up to become one of the greatest rock legends of all time.


In 2007, members of Alt-J met in their dorm rooms at Leed University. When vocalist Gus Unger-Hamilton shared his tracks with guitarist Gwil Sainsbury, they came together in their sophomore year to start their band.


Passion Pit

It all started when Michael Angelakos wrote songs as a Valentines day gift to his girlfriend, while studying at Emerson College in Boston. When Angelakos shared his work with a group of students at Berklee College of Music, they came together as a band, the rest is history.
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