Formed in 2009 in Cambridge, Clean Bandit, the quartet formed of two interlocking pairs – mixed between two brothers, two childhood friends and a couple, have become of 2014’s biggest and diverse UK breakthrough stars, interlocking a whole host of genres from classical strings to pumping electronic beats, creating an incomparable musical fusion. Grace Chatto and Neil Amin-Smith performed together from the age of five in North London and were one half of a string quartet, while Grace’s boyfriend, Jack Patterson, became the brainchild of the band’s beats, with his brother, Luke, later joining on drums. Jack started taking the classical string arrangements created by Grace and Neil, and reworking them with drum beats; creating the underlying sound of Clean Bandit. The band started a club night during their time in Cambridge called ‘National Rail Disco’, booking the likes of James Blake, in-between writing sessions. Move to 2010 andJack and Grace were living in Russia (her studying Russian; him at film school working as an exhibition designer). The experience channelled their dynamic vision, with the ‘Clean Bandit’ name stemming from a nickname given to them in Russia, and set the mark for the band becoming the UK break-through act of 2014. The band’s infectious track ‘A+E’ was their first recording and a few months later, the quartet signed to Atlantic Records. Working with array of eclectic singers and producers as well as self-directing and producing their music videos, there’s no stopping Clean Bandit when it comes to creative vision.
The band released their global smash hit single ‘Rather Be’, soaring through the airwaves of practically every radio station across the globe. With over 5 million global sales and counting, the track broke records on Spotify (#1 on Global Spotify Chart for 7 weeks), Shazam (#1 on the worldwide chart for 8 weeks and over 15 million tags) and has become the biggest-selling single by a UK act in 2014! Move to June 2014 and the band were at the forefront of their debut album release with New Eyes. The LP, which charted at #3 in the Official UK Albums Chart to a wealth of acclaim, showcases the band’s unique vision and musical spectrum. From playing practically every major UK festival this summer, including Glastonbury, where the band had the biggest-ever turnout at the John Peel Stage, selling out tours in the UK, Europe and US, having released the ‘Mozart’s House’, ‘Dust’ Clears’, ‘Rather Be’, ‘Extraordinary’ and ‘Come Over’ through Atlantic Records and recently performing alongside the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at Manchester’s Media City, there’s no stopping them. Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne – the powerhouse collaboration – will release their new single ‘Real Love’ this week.