Grace Chatto, Jack Patterson and Luke Patterson are the trio that makes up the British pop/dance group Clean Bandit. Originally meeting in school, they were originally called the Chatto Quartet (including original member Neil Amin-Smith) whilst they played together at university.
Trained in classical music they would often play J.S. Bach and Jacqueline du Pré, yet their wind-downs would often consist of garage and 2-step. After it was suggested by producer Jon Wandeck that they should play one of his house music cuts, Clean Bandit was born.
Their early work started with first a first track called ‘Telephone Banking’ before a following mixtape called ‘Dance Armstrong’ and another EP in 2013 titled ‘Mozart House’. One thing that became immediately apparent within their work was their diverse approach to genre, unafraid to mix and experiment, making it hard to quite pin them down.
Their first mainstream breakthrough came via a collaboration with Jess Glynne called ‘Rather Be’, which was one of the biggest hits in the UK in 2014. It went on to become the second highest-selling track in the UK for the year and later won a Grammy in 2015 for Best Dance Recording.
2014 was a key year for the group as it also marked their major-label debut with Atlantic Records releasing their album ‘New Eyes’. Neil Amin-Smith left the group in 2016 as they became a trio and the hits continued to roll in.
Collaboration has always been a key part of the Clean Bandit ethos and they frequently let other artists take the reigns when it comes to vocals. They’ve collaborated with Zara Larsson, Julia Michaels, Demi Lovato and Sean Paul just to name a few.
Their second album ‘What Is Love?’ was released in 2018 and also had a whole host of incredible names attached to it and was as eclectic in style as you would expect from Clean Bandit.
More recently they released a new single with iann dior called ‘Higher’ with a phenomenally sunny beat and irresistible vocal flow atop of fluorescent synths. It’ll be one not to miss at this year’s Highest Point festival as Clean Bandit bring their boisterous and bright DJ set to Lancaster on Friday 3rd September.
Tickets are now available at Skiddle.com
Image credit: Anna Patarakina/Clean Bandit