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Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit
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Clean Bandit performing in 2013.
Background information
Origin Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England
  • Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka[1]
  • Neil Amin-Smith[2]

Clean Bandit is an English electronic music band, formed in Cambridge in 2008. The band consists of Grace Chatto, and brothers Jack and Luke Patterson.[3] Their 2011 single "Mozart's House" reached number 17 on the UK Singles Chart when re-released in 2013. In January 2014, they scored their first UK chart topping single with "Rather Be", a collaboration with Jess Glynne, featuring elements of both classical and dance music. The song also reached number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[4]

In 2015, "Rather Be" won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.[5] Their 2016 single "Rockabye", which features Jamaican dancehall artist Sean Paul and singer Anne-Marie, became their second number-one hit in the UK, becoming the Christmas number one single for 2016 in its seventh consecutive week at number one. The song became an international chart topper for the band, and also charted at number 9 in the US.[6] Clean Bandit have sold over 13 million singles and 1.6 million albums worldwide.[7]


2008-12: Formation and career beginnings

Band members Grace Chatto, Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson and Neil Amin-Smith met while studying as undergraduates at Jesus College, University of Cambridge.[8] At the time, Amin-Smith, who attended Westminster School[9] was leading a string quartet together with Chatto, who attended The Latymer School.[10] The original vocalist, Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka, left to undertake a PhD in laser analytics.[1]

The band's name, Clean Bandit, comes from a translation of a Russian phrase; the meaning is similar to the English phrase "complete bastard", though Patterson later stated that it is actually a more affectionate term similar to "utter rascal".[11][12]

2012-15: New Eyes

Clean Bandit, along with singers Florence Rawlings and Elisabeth Troy, at Way Out West in Gothenburg, Sweden, August 2014.

In December 2012, the group released their debut single "A+E", which peaked at number 100 on the UK Singles Chart. It was the lead single from their debut studio album New Eyes, released on 2 June 2014 by Atlantic Records UK.[13] On 29 February 2012, they released the video online for their single "UK Shanty", featuring supermodel Lily Cole.

On 29 March 2013, they released the album's second single "Mozart's House". The song peaked at number 17 on the UK Singles Chart. The album's third single "Dust Clears" charted at number 43 on the chart. The album's fourth single "Rather Be" featuring Jess Glynne was released on 19 January 2014 and topped the UK Singles Chart. It was the fastest-selling song released in January since 1996 and ended 2014 as the year's second best-selling song in the UK (after "Happy" by Pharrell Williams), selling over 1.13 million copies.[14] "Rather Be" also reached number 1 in Austria, Finland, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and number 2 in Belgium, France, Italy, New Zealand and Switzerland. It also charted on the US Billboard Hot 100, peaking at number 10.

On 14 April 2014, the band made their TV debut on the BBC's Later... with Jools Holland.[15] In May 2014, they also announced a 14 date headline tour of the UK.[16] In September 2014 they performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at MediaCityUK.[17][18] The band collaborated again with Jess Glynne, after their hit song "Rather Be", on their single "Real Love". It reached number two on the UK Singles Chart.[19]

In February 2015, "Rather Be" won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.[20] The group recorded a 30-piece orchestral version of "Rather Be" at Abbey Road Studios for Marks & Spencer's Christmas 2015 advertising campaign.[21] During the course of the rest of 2015, the group have constantly been on all sorts of tours around the world to promote the post-release of New Eyes and carried on through into the early months of 2016.

2015-present: What Is Love? and Neil Amin-Smith's departure

Grace Chatto of Clean Bandit with Elisabeth Troy at FIB 2015.

At the 2015 Coachella Festival, the group performed the song "Disconnect", featuring vocals from Marina and the Diamonds. On 27 May 2016, they released their first single since March 2015, entitled "Tears", and features vocals from The X Factor 2015 winner Louisa Johnson. The song peaked at number 5 in the singles chart a week after they performed it on Britain's Got Talent.[22]

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.[23][24] 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,[25] and remained at number one for nine weeks, and went on to become the Christmas number one single for 2016.[26][27] The song became an international chart topper for the band, becoming number 1 in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland and a Top 5 hit in Canada, France, Norway. It has also charted at number 9 on Billboard Hot 100 in the US.[28]

Clean Bandit on stage in Rome on 28 June 2017

On 17 March 2017, the trio released "Symphony", a collaboration with Swedish singer Zara Larsson. The song topped the UK Singles Chart for one week in April of that year, becoming the group's third number-one single in the country.[29][30] They gave their first live performance of the song on The Voice UK on 18 March 2017.[31] On 23 June the band released the studio version of "Disconnect" with Marina and the Diamonds.

In October 2017, the band announced their next single, succeeding "Disconnect", entitled "I Miss You", featuring renowned songwriter Julia Michaels.

In early December 2017, the band announced that their album is scheduled to be released within the early months of 2018. They also revealed that all the songs that they have released so far after their debut album will be on the new album. Additionally, they had written a song for One Direction member Harry Styles to feature on and also have songs ready for the album that feature the likes of Rhodes, Elton John and Gallant.[32]

On 10 May 2018, they announced the second album's fifth single, entitled "Solo", featuring vocals from Demi Lovato. In June 2018, "Solo" topped the UK Singles Chart.[33][34]

Music style

Clean Bandit are an electronic,[35][36][37][38][39]classical crossover,[40][41][42][43][44]electropop[45][46][47][48][49] and dance-pop[50][51][52][53][54] band. The band mixes electronic music with classical pieces by composers such as Mozart and Shostakovich.[11] Some of their music also involves tongue-in-cheek humour.[11]


Chatto and Jack Patterson formed their own film production company, Cleanfilm, to make music videos for themselves and other artists.[8]

Political views

In May 2017, Clean Bandit endorsed the Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn in the 2017 UK general election.[55] In June, the band supported a Labour Party rally in Birmingham.[56] In June 2018, they headlined the Labour Live festival in London.


On 15 November 2014, Neil Amin-Smith (playing violin) and Grace Chatto (on cello) performed with the charity group Band Aid 30 along with other British and Irish pop acts, recording the latest version of the track "Do They Know It's Christmas?" at Sarm West Studios in Notting Hill, London, to raise money for the 2014 Ebola crisis in West Africa.[57]



Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome
UK Music Video Awards
Best Dance Video - Budget
"Mozart's House"
Best Pop Video - Budget
"Telephone Banking"
Urban Music Awards
Best Electronic/Dance Act
"Clean Bandit"
BBC Music Awards
Song of the Year
"Rather Be"
Los Premios 40 Principales América
Best English Language Song
Brit Awards
British Group
"Clean Bandit"
British Single of the Year
"Rather Be"
APRA Awards
International Work of the Year
Grammy Award
Best Dance Recording
Ivor Novello Awards
Most Performed Work
Best Contemporary Song
Billboard Music Award
Top Dance/Electronic Artist
"Clean Bandit"
Top Dance/Electronic Song
"Rather Be"
Brit Awards
British Single of the Year
British Video
MTV Europe Music Awards
Best Song
Teen Choice Awards
Best Dance/Electronic Song
Gaygalan Awards
International Song of the Year
LOS40 Music Awards
International Song of the Year
Danish Music Awards [60]
International Hit of the Year
NRJ Music Awards
International Duo/Group of the Year
Clean Bandit
Global Awards[61]
Best Group
Mass Appeal Award
Radio Disney Music Awards
Best Group
Brit Awards
British Single of the Year
British Video of the Year
Gaygalan Awards[62]
Best International Song of the Year
Danish GAFFA Awards[63]
Best International Song of the Year
Sweden GAFFA Awards[64]
Best Swedish Song of the Year
P3 Guld Awards[65]
Song of the Year
Scandipop Awards[66]
Best Dance/Pop Song
WDM Radio Awards
Best Global Track
Billboard Music Awards
Top Dance/Electronic Song
Teen Choice Awards
Choice Electronic/Dance Song
"Solo "
BreakTudo Awards[67]
Best Collaboration
MTV Europe Music Awards [68]
Best World Stage
Clean Bandit
BBC Radio 1's Teen Awards[69]
Best British Group


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