Thursday Nov 2020
Origin: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Genres: Electronic music, Crossover music, Electropop, Dance-pop
Years active: 2008–present
British dance group Clean Bandit found crossover success by weaving classical music with dance-pop for a beat-driven yet refined sound -- often delivered with high-profile guest vocalists.
Founded in the late 2010s by schoolmates Grace Chatto (cello, percussion, and vocals), Jack Patterson (bass, keys, piano, and vocals), Luke Patterson (drums), and Neil Amin-Smith (violin and piano), they have originally dubbed the Chatto Quartet when they performed around their university. The quartet members were aware of both producer Jon Wandeck and MC Ssegamic through the duo's photographic work, and when Wandeck suggested they play on one of his house music cuts, Clean Bandit were born.
They released the genre-mashing "Telephone Banking" in the summer of 2011. Their Dance Armstrong mixtape followed in 2012, while 2013 saw the release of the Mozart's House EP. The "Mozart House" track also landed on their album New Eyes, which was released by major-label Atlantic in 2014.
It wasn't until the release of New Eyes' fourth single -- the Jess Glynne-featuring "Rather Be" -- that Clean Bandit truly entered the international mainstream. The multi-platinum song became the second best-selling track in the U.K. in 2014 and won a Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 2015.
In late 2016, Amin-Smith parted ways with the band, days before they released the single "Rockabye," featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie on vocals. The track became their second U.K. number one and broke into the Billboard Top Ten, later receiving platinum certification throughout Europe and in the U.S. and Australia. They followed with another chart-topping collaboration, "Symphony" with Zara Larsson, and the Top Five single "I Miss You" with Julia Michaels.
In 2018, the trio secured their fourth hit with the summer single "Solo," featuring Demi Lovato. In addition to the previously released hit singles, the album also included collaborations with Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, OutKast's Big Boi, Craig David, and many more. A 2020 collaboration with rapper 24kGoldn yielded the single "Tick Tock."