Standing on stage with violins and cellos in hand respectively, Clean Bandit may not seem like the most-likely purveyors in dance heavy pop music. However, on listening it soon becomes clear that the band’s unique fusion of dubstep, electronica and live instruments is a smile-inducing riot of fun perfect for pulsating dance floors. Having met while studying at Cambridge University, the London based foursome are currently hitting the festival scene while fitting in performances for Radio 1’s live lounge and working on their first album. Once Topshop HQ stopped dancing around to the band’s addictively good tunes, we caught up with them for some clean talking.
How would you describe your music to someone who’s never heard it?
As dancey pop music with live strings, drums and lots of different vocalists.
Were you expecting your last track Mozart’s House to do as well as it did – what was that like?
We weren’t expecting it at all! It was an amazing feeling to see it in the top twenty as it was one of the first songs we created together. We had a lot of fun making the video.
How was it touring with Disclosure?
We felt pretty lucky to listen to their shows every night. We love their music, particularly Neil our violinist. He fell in love with Help Me Lose My Mind (feat. London Grammar) immediately, and it felt really exciting as it wasn’t anywhere online at the time.
What are you currently listening to?
Gorgon City and Walter Ego.
What makes a great gig?
Lots of energy, and the whole audience smiling!
What’s been one of your favourite gigs to play so far?
Probably when we played at Frank’s Café on the roof of a multi-storey car park in Peckham. One of our friends designed it, and you can see the whole of London from up there. It was one of our first gigs about 4 years ago, and it was a euphoric experience with the sun setting. Glastonbury this year was a lot of fun too. We were a bit nervous about that performance but it went well in the end.
There’s ice-skateboarding in your new video for single Dust Clears – how did that come about?
We discovered that our friend Guido’s dad used to be a figure skating champion in his teens. Jack (vocals, sax, bass) then came up with the story!
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What’s next for Clean Bandit?
We’re thinking about ideas for our next video. Also we’re hoping to finish our album soon.
Clean Bandit’s single Dust Clears is out now and is available to buy here.