Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit

Clean Bandit performing in 2013.
Background information
Origin Cambridge, England
Years active 2008–present
  • Grace Chatto
  • Jack Patterson
  • Luke Patterson
Past members
  • Neil Amin-Smith

Clean Bandit is an English electronic music group formed in Cambridge, England in 2008. The band consists of Grace Chatto, Jack Patterson and Luke Patterson.[1] Their 2010 single "Mozart's House", released by Black Butter Records, reached number 17 on the UK Singles Chart. In January 2014, they scored their first UK Singles Chart-topping single with "Rather Be", a collaboration with Jess Glynne, featuring elements of both classical and dance music. "Rather Be" remained at the top of the chart for four weeks. They also achieved their first US top 10 single with "Rather Be" peaking at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] In 2015, "Rather Be" won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording.[3]


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

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.[4] At the time, Amin-Smith, who attended Westminster School[5] was leading a string quartet together with Chatto, who attended The Latymer School.[6]

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".[7][8]

2012–15: New Eyes

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

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.[9] 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.[10]

On 14 April 2014, the band made their TV debut on the BBC's Later... with Jools Holland.[11] In May 2014, they also announced a 14 date headline tour of the UK.[12] In September 2014 they performed with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra at MediaCityUK.[13][14] 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.[15]

In February 2015, "Rather Be" won the Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.[16]

The group recorded a 30-piece orchestral version of "Rather Be" at Abbey Road Studios for Marks & Spencer's Christmas 2015 advertising campaign.[17]

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: Neil Amin-Smith's departure

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. It is currently being treated as the lead single from the new upcoming album. The song peaked at number 5 in the singles chart a week after they performed it on Britain's Got Talent.[18]

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.[19] Two days later, the group released "Rockabye". The song involved Clean Bandit collaborating with rapper Sean Paul and singer Anne-Marie and was their first song without Neil Amin-Smith. "Rockabye" became their second number-one hit in UK.

Music style

The band mixes electronic music with classical pieces by composers such as Mozart and Shostakovich.[7] Some of their music also involves tongue-in-cheek humour.[7]


Chatto and Jack Patterson formed their own film production company, Cleanfilm, to make music videos for themselves and other artists.[4]


Current members

Former members


Awards and nominations

Year Awards Category Recipient Outcome
BBC Music Awards
Song of the Year
"Rather Be"
Brit Awards
British Group
"Clean Bandit"
British Single of the Year
"Rather Be"
Grammy Awards
Best Dance Recording
Billboard Music Awards
Top Dance/Electronic Artist
"Clean Bandit"
Top Dance/Electronic Song
"Rather Be"


  1. "This Week's Fresh Music Top 20". 4Music. 15 April 2014.
  2. "Meghan Trainor, Tove Lo, Clean Bandit Hit Top 10". Billboard. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  3. "Grammys 2015: Complete list of winners and nominees". LA Times. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Interview: Clean Bandit". Varsity, the independent student newspaper for the University of Cambridge. 30 September 2011.
  5. Maxx Design. "Famous Old Westminsters (OWW), Central London". Retrieved 13 February 2015.
  6. Alex Bellotti. "Highly-strung sounds of success for Clean Bandit), Central London". Retrieved 6 February 2014.
  7. 1 2 3 "Clean Bandit: A classical approach to pop music". BBC News. 26 May 2014.
  8. Augustin, Camille (2014-06-19). "5 Facts You Should Know About Clean Bandit". Vibe. Retrieved 2015-07-02.
  9. Copsey, Robert (2014-02-03). "Clean Bandit announce debut album New Eyes". Digital Spy.
  10. Copsey, Rob (31 December 2014). "The Official Top 100 Biggest Songs of 2014 revealed". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  11. "Later... with Jools Holland - Series 44 Live Episode 1". BBC Two. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  12. "Clean Bandit announce a 14-date headline UK tour". BBC Newsbeat. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
  13. Burrell, Ian (9 September 2014). "Clean Bandit to join BBC Philharmonic orchestra for Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show". The Independent. Retrieved 5 December 2014.
  14. "Radio 1's Clean Bandit Symphony". BBC. 10 September 2014. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  15. "Band Aid 30 single storms to number one". BBC News. 23 November 2014. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  16. "GRAMMYS: Clean Bandit's "Rather Be" Wins Best Dance Recording". Headline Planet. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  18. Smith, Carl; Cox, Lizzie (27 May 2016). "The X Factor's Louisa Johnson's first single to be Clean Bandit collaboration 'Tears'". Retrieved 22 July 2016.

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