Clean Bandit are sweeping the world with their brand of irresistible pop and that rise is only beginning. Known best for their Grammy-winning smash hit Rather Be (ft. Jess Glynne) and more recently chart-topping Rockabye (ft. Anne Marie and Sean Paul), the British Trio whom hail from Cambridge, England certainly aren’t an overnight success story by any means. In fact, they have been hard at work for several years now since forming in 2008. Their classical crossover-meets-dance pop not only has evolved from each of those genres, but also has revolutionized them as we know it. Dance music can be repetitive yes, but it also can be sophisticated and intricate too as they have proven.
Consisting of members Grace Chatto (cello, vocals, percussion) and brothers Jack Patterson (bass, keyboard, vocals, piano) and Luke Patterson (drums, percussion), the anatomy of the band changed when one of its founding members Neil Amin-Smith (violin, piano) had exited last fall. Clean Bandit (name derived from a Russian phrase meaning “utter rascal”) have been unstoppable, connecting to a global audience in a big way and just today made another stop-off to a city wherr promotion and touring have brought them to multiple times in recent years, Toronto. The trio played a show at The Phoenix Concert Hall along with Zara Larsson, the latter whom appears on their latest single Symphony.
We had the pleasure of chatting with brothers Jack and Luke Patterson of Clean Bandit about everything from their beginnings to their routine to what’s next. Be sure to check-out our video too.
Jake and Grace met at school in Cambridge and the former then introduced her to younger brother Luke. I ask the brothers to take us back to 2008, their starting point and first impressions. Of course true to sibling rivalry, Jake and Luke joked they had a bad impression of one upon first meeting!
We’ve seen the terms “classical crossover” and “dance” used to describe their sound, but Clean Bandit are a bit more complicated than that. How would they describe it?
Clean Bandit have several famous fans like Sam Smith (whom they too are huge fans of), but who are their inspirations?
Having had some huge success pairing with with a talented roster of guest vocalists, we ask Clean Bandit who their dream collaboration would be.
There is a great cinematic quality and message of love in their new video for Symphony. We asked what was behind this.
Work has brought the band to Toronto on many occasions in recent years. We ask about coping with the rigorous touring life, as evinced by member Grace‘s being under the weather today. They even show us moves from their workout routine (see video).
With a second album, summer festivals around the corner and a mini Asia tour which includes stops in Malaysia and China, we ask about the Clean Bandit fandom and just how next-level they can be.
Watch our Chat below:
See some Snaps:
Rockabye (ft. Anne-Marie & Sean Paul)
Symphony (ft. Zara Larsson)
Check-out Clean Bandit‘s Discography on iTunes here.
(Photo/video credit: Mr. Will Wong/Warner Music)
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