Guy Perryman MBE is an award winning British radio broadcaster, DJ, voice actor and events promoter who has DJ’d for royalty including HRH Prince William, interviewed rock royalty including Sir Paul McCartney and was the world’s first person to DJ live onboard commercial airline flights for Virgin Atlantic Airways.
Based in Tokyo since 1990 when brought to Japan as DJ for the launch of Virgin Megastores.
Appointed MBE for services to British music in Japan in the British New Year Honours list 2017. Awarded Person of the Year at the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, British Business Awards 2013 for contribution to promoting British music, fashion and culture in Japan.
Since 1995 a prominent radio voice in Tokyo on InterFM and has interviewed hundreds of major names in music, entertainment, fashion and business including Sting, Sir Paul Smith, Dame Judi Dench, Sir Richard Branson, Coldplay and many more.
Voice can be heard on a number of product commercials including for Uniqlo, Suzuki, Panasonic and Toshiba plus characters on games for Konami and Sega.
DJ Manager at Virgin Megastores Japan 1990-2008 and DJ In The Sky live onboard Virgin Atlantic Airways flights Tokyo-London 2013-2014.
Guy Perryman Black Card Membership was launched in 2007 as a VIP service for events with luxury brands including Grand Hyatt Hotels, Alfred Dunhill, Paul Smith and Mini.
DJ and MC for many corporate experiences including for Dom Perignon, Globetrotter and British Embassy Tokyo.
Prior to Tokyo DJ at 2SER FM, 2JJJ FM and Virgin Megastores in Sydney, Australia from 1983-1990. Radio career began at age 16 at the Australian National University radio station 2XX.
Born 2nd February 1965 in Scotland to English parents, raised in Scotland, England, Singapore and Australia. Grandfather was Richard Perryman jockey, trainer and winner of a number of British classic horse races.
Guy is passionate about music, and travel anywhere on an airplane or a bicycle!!
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Birth date 2/2/1965.
Born Chinese Lunar New Year’s day 6:15am.
Snake. Aquarius. Blood Type O+.
English, born in Scotland, raised in Singapore and Australia, lives in Japan.
Guy inherited his adventurous spirit from his family. His grandfather was the successful jockey and trainer Richard “Dick” Perryman and his maternal grandparents were pioneering farmers in Africa. Guy got the travel bug early on with his naval officer father being posted to various locations around the world and the entertainment bug backstage at theatre productions his mother was involved with. As a young child Guy discovered his creative and entrepreneurial streak by producing home theatre shows, writing a comedy magazine, producing cassette radio shows in his bedroom and draughting maps to imagined cities. He performed in school and amateur theatre productions through his teens and drama class was the only school subject Guy received straight A’s. He discovered radio at age 16 through a training course at a university radio station and never looked back.
At age 22 Guy receives Australian FM Radio Award for innovative drive-time program City Express, at 20 is placed second at the Sydney Eisteddfod Radio Division and at age three wins award for being “Best Bad Boy” onboard Angelina Lauro sailing across the Indian Ocean. Guy has always been a bit of a big mouth and sometimes his blabbing has paid off!!
Radio career begins at 16 with a training course at the Australian National University radio station 2XX. First solo radio program is a U2 special in 1982. At 18, the day after finishing college leaves home and starts work as freelance DJ and production assistant at Australia’s youth radio network 2JJJ in Sydney. 1985 Guy starts drive-time program City Express featuring new music, interviews and original comedy sketches on progressive station 2SER FM in Sydney. Acid-House culture explodes in 1987 and Guy creates Sydney’s first club DJ mix radio program MadHouse. Meanwhile his underground warehouse parties Star Chamber and cabaret lounge Dream Factory take off. Guy joins the launch of Virgin Megastore, Darling Harbour, Sydney as DJ in 1988.
In 1990 brought to Tokyo as chief DJ for the launch of Virgin Megastores Japan. Being the first ever in-store DJ in Japan establishes Guy as a prominent personality in the Tokyo entertainment and media scene and is soon hosting programs on radio stations including J-Wave and Inter FM. Soon creates his own club events in Tokyo including the hugely popular UK Night at Milk during the 90′s Brit Pop boom, followed by Club Rocket techno events and Baby Powder lounge parties.
Virgin Megastores Japan continues to expand and by 1997 Guy is DJ/Programming Manager of over 30 stores and establishes Virgin Mega Station the nationwide cable radio network. Assists with set up of Virgin chillout zones at Fuji Rock Festivals from 1997-2001.
Guy produced inflight audio programs for Virgin Atlantic Airways from 1991-2014 with a career high (literally) of DJ’ing onboard VS901 flights from Tokyo to London 2013-2014 as part of the DJ In The Sky series which Guy initiated.
Frustrated by the lack of specialist music radio in Japan Guy establishes the DJ collective radio:on in 1997. radio:on DJ’s create events and radio shows in Tokyo and soon launch radio:on Cable Radio Channel broadcast across Japan. The radio:on Bar – a combined radio studio, events, performance and exhibition space in the fashionable Aoyama district in Tokyo is open from 2001-2003.
Radio broadcaster with Inter FM since 1995. In 2001 Guy is offered the breakfast slot on 76.1 Inter FM in Tokyo. Up 1st becomes one of the station’s highest rating shows and a highlight is broadcasting live from London for 1 week in 2002. Guy has continued to host daily programs at Inter FM including in 2003 the record breaking Monday-Friday 6 hour afternoon time slot; 2007 club and chillout late night programs Nightlife; 2008 the weekly Guy Perryman Show broadcast across Japan on the Meganet FM radio network; 2009-2012 daily prime time radio with Global Satellite; 2012 Guy launches Japan’s only dedicated British music and interview program LHR – London Hit Radio broadcast live weekdays on Inter FM in Tokyo and across Japan on Radiko internet radio and mobile phone applications. LHR broadcast live from London for one week in 2012 as a lead up to the London Olympics.
Over the years Guy has established his position as Tokyo’s prominent interviewer hosting hundreds (perhaps thousands) of interviews with a range of stars including Sir Paul McCartney, Sting, Coldplay, Dame Judi Dench, Gwen Stefani, Nile Rogers, Underworld, Chemical Brothers, Sir Paul Smith, Jimmy Choo, Sir Richard Branson and many many more.
Guy’s programs are broadcast annually from Fuji Rock and Summer Sonic music festivals.
Guy’s versatile voice is heard on an array of TV and radio commercials, product videos, animations and computer games for clients including Burberry, Sony, Honda, Suzuki, Panasonic, Sega, Konami, Zima and many more. Has also produced radio programs for broadcast in the UK, Hong Kong and Australia and in-flight audio programs for Virgin Atlantic Airways and JAL.
Writes original manga story Tixi and his Tekno Gizmo and produces CD/book series Tokyo Pirate FM released in 1996-1997 plus numerous magazine music columns from 1991 to the present.
Continually in demand as DJ/MC for launches and events for clients including the Park Hyatt and Grand Hyatt hotels Tokyo, Karl Lagerfeld, Dom Perignon, the British Embassy and Virgin Atlantic Airways. 2007-2008 creates a series of hugely successful events at the iconic 52nd floor space Mado Lounge in Roppongi Hills including Take Off, In Flight, Sky High, Sonic Boom and Presentific. From 2008 produces the annual UK themed events Jet Set UK, Supersonic UK and British Bonenkai.
Inspired by the world of airline imagery Guy coins the catchphrase “Supersonic Inspiration” for the 2007 launch of www.guyperryman.com. The website has hosted on-line radio programs and podcasts, is Guy’s interview archive and promotes events through the Guy Perryman Black Card Membership service.
2008-2010 Virgin Megastores in Japan are rebranded Tsutaya Stores and Guy continued to provide weekly programs broadcast to over 300 stores.
Another major step foreward in 2008 as Guy brings together the virtual and real worlds with the launch of Presentific – an interactive project of giving experiences as presents and sharing experiences on line.
Travel, music, culture and inspiring people are Guy’s great passions and he continues to explore all through work and leisure. Guy loves airplanes and flying, bicycle riding, swimming, onsen, laughing, daydreaming, stargazing, people with good manners, animals, chocolate, books, antiques, incense, black clothes, silver jewelry and jungles (urban and natural!!).
Guy answered the Vanity Fair Proust Questionnaire just for fun..
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Sharing wonderful food and wine with loved ones. And even more fun at 33,000 feet!!
What is your greatest fear?
Your chief characteristic?
My desire to be on the air or in the air.. maybe I’m an airhead?
Your main fault?
Ask my friends.
Your favourite occupation?
If not yourself, who would you be?
Where would you like to live?
I do – Tokyo. With a dash of London.
What is your favourite journey?
Anywhere in a big jet, first class.
Your favourite colour & flower?
The colour of blue Hydrangea. The scent of Jasmine.
Your favourite authors?
Those who write honestly, humorously and inspirationally.
Your favourite poets?
Michael Leunig and Dr Suess.
Your favourite painters & composers?
Akira, Kazumasa Noguchi and Turner. Bowie, Bach and Bert (Kaempfert).
Your heroes in real life?
Those who inspire or make me laugh.
What characters in history do you most dislike?
The ones who don’t give a damn.
What are your favourite names?
Tixi, Tamantha, Jay, Aria, Lionel, Rikki.
For what faults you have most toleration?
Breaking my heart.
What is your greatest extravagance?
What is your current state of mind?
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Lying so as not to hurt someone’s feelings.
On what occasion do you lie?
Not enough (see above).
What do you dislike most about your appearance?
Not having complete control.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Humour and humility.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Humility and humour.
What words or phrases do you most overuse?
Too many so I’m trying to expand my vocabulary.
When & where were you happiest?
At frequent points along the way.
Which talent would you most like to have?
To write melodies.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
What is your most treasured possession?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Loss of hope.
What do you most value in your friends?
That they still like me.
Which historical figure do you most identify with?
I can’t imagine. Maybe King Richard I.
Who is your favourite hero of fiction?
What is it that you most dislike?
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Music. It’s always there when I need it. It can make me dance, swoon, laugh or cry. And it still loves me the next morning.
How would you like to die?
Old, happy and in my sleep.
What is your greatest regret?
What is your motto?
On with the show!!