Written by: Lisa Holahan
When scrolling through someone’s iPod there are usually multiple genres of music to choose from. But what if there was a way to mix various genres into one? Depending on the type of music, the sound could range anywhere from awful to something that is pure genius. Whatever the case may be, mixing music seems to be Clean Bandits thing, and they do it very well. Founded in 2009, the group Clean Bandit became known for what they call “electronic chamber music”, merging both electronic sounds with segments of classical music. The four-piece group is made up of Jack Patterson (Bass/Sax/Deck), Luke Patterson (Drums), Neil Amin-Smith (Violin) and Grace Chatto (Cello/Key/Synth). They have recently reached chart topping success with their hit single “Rather Be” and the quartet doesn’t plan on slowing down anytime soon.
The Cambridge, UK natives began their journey when band members Jack Patterson, Grace Chatto and Neil Amin-Smith met while studying at the University of Cambridge. Grace Chatto and Neil Amin-Smith were childhood friends and had played music together since they were five. The two friends decided to take their talents to the University of Cambridge and play in the string quartet together. Chatto was also Jack Patterson’s girlfriend at the time and Patterson would go watch and record her performances. After a while, Patterson began to remix the recordings, which Chatto enjoyed, and the three friends eventually came up with the idea of forming a band. When asked by The Guardian in an interview, why the band chose to combine genres on such opposite sides of the spectrum, Patterson explains, “Both types of music take people on a journey, with highs and lows: for example, Op 132, the Beethoven string quartet, has the biggest drop on any song I've ever heard. The band actually began as Grace's string quartet, and I started adding sampling and beats.” Shortly after the three members discussed making music together, Jack asked his brother Luke to join the band as their drummer and once all elements fell into place, Clean Bandit was formed.