Grammy Award-winning British four-piece Clean Bandit, members Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson, Grace Chatto, and Milan Neil Amin-Smith are now in Montenegro! These guys are famous for melding classical music with the world of contemporary pop and EDM.
They love to shake up Shostakovich or re-mix Mozart, reimagining as a driving synth jam, with danceable percussion bolstering Mozart’s timeless string arrangement. Such track like Stylo G-featuring hit “Come Over,” incorporates influences as wide as dancehall and reggae into their usual cello, violin, and keyboards setup.
The booming, young, and brave for musical experiments band is now in Montenegro and performing for you in Porto Montenegro, Synchro area. Though the group is well known all over the world, we decided to share some interesting facts about them.
The band has started as a traditional string quartet. They formed around 2009 after members Jack, Grace and Milan met during their degrees at the University Of Cambridge. Both Grace and Milan were part of a string quartet at the time and, eventually, the band was formed alongside drummer Luke.
Band members Grace Chatto and Jack Patterson studied in Russia, where they picked up the phrase, which, meaning-wise, can loosely be translated to “complete bastard,” “total swine,” or “naughty rascal,” depending on who you ask. (It’s an affectionate term that you might call one of your more disreputable friends, though it doesn’t particularly sound that way.) Chatto and Patterson loved the term so much that they stuck with it when they formed the band.
During their college times, Milan Neil Amin-Smith and Grace Chatto were leading a string quartet. Jack Patterson, Chatto’s boyfriend, thought it would be fun to remix the music they were making, and the building blocks of the band were soon formed. After their first song “Mozart’s House”, Jack’s brother joined and the group was formed.
Although all four members of Clean Bandit attended England’s prestigious University of Cambridge, none of them actually was studying classical music. Instead, the band members have degrees in Russian, Italian, history, and architecture, which shows just how eclectic the members’ tastes are.
Jack Patterson, a bass, keyboards player, and singer in the band, also directs the band’s music videos. Patterson went to film school for a year and has since formed his own production company called Cleanfilm so he can make videos for both his own band and others.
Clean Bandit is best known for rethinking classical music for the dance floor. But apparently, the band is inspired by artists ranging from experimental electronic musicians to chart-topping pop stars—including Disclosure and Kidnap Kid, as well as Four Tet, Radiohead, Hudson Mohawke, and even Shakira. They also would like to work with Stevie Wonder, Drake, Beyoncé, and Woodkid one day.
Not only did the band attend school together at Cambridge’s Jesus College, but they also share more than just a love of music. Jack and Luke Patterson are brothers who grew up in Northern England, and Jack and Grace Chatto began dating before the band even started. Chatto also happened to attend the prestigious Westminster high school with Milan Neil Amin-Smith. They also played music together as kids.
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