In January 2014 they scored their first UK Singles Chart-topping single with “Rather Be“, featuring elements of classical music, along with a dance music beat. “Rather Be” remained at the top of the chart for four weeks.
Clean Bandit’s music has been described as ‘fusion’ music, mixing electronic music with classical and deep-house elements. They produce the music themselves and invite guest artists to sing their songs.
Chatto stated that the music videos that accompany the songs are integral to the works as a whole; the videos would be conceived during the process of writing the music.
The videos are made independently by themselves and often have references to culture in them (e.g. the ice skating man in the video to “Dust Clears” is a reference to the painting byHenry Raeburn of The Skating Minister).
Chatto and Patterson formed their own film production company, Cleanfilm, to make music videos for themselves and other artists, and corporate videos.
He started re-mixing these recordings with drum beats and other electronic music he created and let Chatto listen to these recordings which she liked. One of their friends, Ssegawa-Ssekintu Kiwanuka, then wrote lyrics for the piece and the song “Mozart’s House” materialized. Eventually, the idea of forming a band came.
The band’s name, Clean Bandit, comes from a translation of a Russian phrase (Chatto and Patterson lived in Russia for a period); the meaning is similar to the English phrase “utter” or “complete bastard”.
In December 2012 the group released their debut single “A+E”, which peaked at number 100 on the UK Singles Chart.
- Jack Patterson – bass guitar, keyboard
- Luke Patterson – drums
- Grace Chatto – cello
- Milan Neil Amin-Smith – violin
“Rather Be” is a song by British electronic group Clean Bandit, featuring vocals from Jess Glynne. The track was released on 17 January 2014 as the fourth single from the group’s upcoming debut studio album, New Eyes (2014).
The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, and is the fastest-selling single of 2014 so far, and the highest selling January single since “Spaceman” by Babylon Zoo, which reached number one in 1996. The song has spent four weeks at number one, selling over 727,000 copies since release.
The song was written and produced by Clean Bandit, with co-writer Jimmy Napes (frequent collaborator of Disclosure).
“Rather Be” performs in the key of G♯ minor, in common time and at a light tempo of 121 beats per minute. The track’sinstrumentation includes a violin, video game-style synth blips, a slow bass, piano and vocals. Contactmusic writer Holly Williams described it as a “mushy love song”.
“Rather Be” received its first play on 4 December 2013, when it featured as BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe‘s Hottest Record in the World. The song’s digital release date was originally planned to be 19 January 2014, but was moved to 17 January. The single was issued by the Warner Music Group, and is the third to be taken from Clean Bandit’s upcoming debut studio album.
The song debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart. It became the fasting-selling single of 2014, selling 163,000 copies in its first week. January is usually a month of low single sales, however, “Rather Be” bucked that trend, recording the “biggest weekly sale for a January Number 1 since Babylon Zoo’s Spaceman“, which was released in January 1996.
The single retained its number one position, selling 137,000 copies in its second week and aheading main contender to the top – Will.I.Am‘s Feeling Myself by about 40,000 copies. In total, “Rather Be” spend 4 weeks at UK top and in fourth week song losing in battle with Stay The Night by Zedd in midweek point, but overtaken he in the end of week and denied his No. 1.
On 7 March 2014, the British Phonographic Industry certified the song “Platinum”. The song has, so far, selling over 727,000 copies since release. It is the first song to spend four consecutive weeks at number one since Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” in June 2013, and the first UK based act since Adele‘s “Someone like You” in 2011.
In addition, “Rather Be” holds the record for the most streams in a single week on Spotify in the United Kingdom. The track received 1.09 million plays over seven days in February 2014, surpassing the record previously held by Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky“.
The video was made by the group and features Haruka Abe as a Japanese fan of the band. The band comments: “The video is about a Japanese fan of the band who becomes delirious and has hallucinations of band members and our logo appearing unexpectedly in her daily life as a chef. Filming in Tokyo was an amazing experience: we spent almost a week there and everyone was so helpful.
We made it ourselves as always, which was quite scary as we’ve never produced anything so far away before. We had a bit of trouble filming the scene on the train though. Turns out it’s considered incredibly rude to make noise on a train so when we started dancing around to the track in the carriage with the extras, it didn’t go down well!!!! Got shouted at “
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