Clean Bandit is an electronic, classical crossover, electropopand dance-pop band. The band mixes electronic music with classical pieces by composers such as Mozart and Shostakovich. Some of their music also involves tongue-in-cheek humour.
The group formed in Cambridge, England in 2008. Clean Bandit consists of bassist and saxophone player Jack Patterson, drummer Luke Patterson, strings player Grace Chatto and violinist Milan Neil Amin-Smith. They are the artists behind the world number 1 song ‘Rockabye’. `
Grace Chatto and Jack Patterson of Clean Bandit actually self-directed a touching video for Rockabye, featuring guest vocals and appearances from Sean Paul and Anne Marie, telling the tale of a mother trying to provide for her son. Chatto and Jack Patterson then formed their own film production company, Clean film, to make music videos for themselves and other artists
There are some big fans of clean bandit out there. Even likes of 'Money On My Mind' singer Sam Smith are self-confessed huge fans of the group.
It hasn’t always been clear sailing for the #1 group, though. There’s been some drama. Grace and Jack have dated. Their debut album released back in 2012 only hit #100 in the charts – meaning you probably wouldn’t have heard of it at the time. It wasn’t until 2014 that they really broke the charts with ‘Rather Be’.
There have also been some interesting moments……Strings player, Grace Chatto, has made an interesting statement at the 2014 BRIT Awards, though! She arrived on the red carpet carrying her goldfish in a see-through purse!
You’ll probably have noticed that the group doesn't have a vocalist……so who sang their other hit single ‘Rather Be’? They teamed up with vocalist Jess Glynne! What a great collaboration it was. At the 2015 Coachella Festival, the group performed the song "Disconnect", featuring vocals from Marina and The Diamonds. They have also appeared with Jools Holland.
When asked about who else they would like to write with, they stated that they would ‘love to write with Lily Allen if the opportunity arose, but also people like Banks, Kwabs, and, in an ideal world, Beyonce.’
On 19 October 2016, an announcement on their Facebook page stated that violinist and pianist Neil Amin-Smith had decided to leave the group. Neil made a separate announcement to this effect on his Twitter account Two days later, the group released their first song without Amin-Smith: "Rockabye", which features rapper Sean Paul and singer Anne-Marie. "Rockabye" became their second number-one hit in the UK and remained at number one for five weeks.
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