Clean Bandit – Exclusive Online Cover Shoot and Interview

Clean Bandit, formed of Grace Chatto and brothers Jack and Luke Patterson, are known for their inescapably catchy hybrid of electro-classical-pop. The band, which originated in Cambridge, won a Grammy for their song, ‘Rather Be’ and have had three number one hits in the UK to date, a figure that will no doubt continue to climb as they release new music.

We caught up with the trio following their exclusive shoot for FAULT’s online cover, to talk about their upcoming sophomore album, dream collaborations, love of touring and not letting the pressures of success get to them.

GRACE – Top: River Island, Trousers: Aphid, Shoes: stylists own / JACK – Suit: New & Lingwood, T-Shirt: River Island, Shoes: Converse / LUKE – Jumper: Cheap Monday, Trousers: River Island, Shoes: Converse

‘New Eyes’ was released three years ago and you’ve got a follow-up album in the works. Can you tell us anything about the focal themes?

Grace: I think the first album was a lot more lighthearted, whilst our second album, with the lyrics anyway, are more serious. Some of them are about breaking up, like ‘I Miss You’ and ‘Tears’, which will both be on the album. The music is still quite dancey.

Jack: I think other acts find it easier to put out a larger volume of music at a time but as we produce and write all our own stuff, and we also produce and make the music videos, it just takes us so much longer to create each piece of music, so we’ve really been focusing on that the last few years. We were touring our first album for a really long time as well. But our second one is in the works and it’s nearly done. Hopefully early next year.

You’ve previously said that you focus on making individual songs rather than making music as a collective body of work. Is this the approach you’re continuing with?

Luke: I reckon so, yeah. It kinda suits the way we work. We’ve been getting into the video side of things even more since the last [album]; making things even more extravagant working with bigger crews, trying not to limit ourselves.

Grace: A lot of our singles have been quite different styles but one thing that unifies this album is the way that we made it. It was much less produced from the beginning. With the last album, we would think about the sounds and make them on the computer but with these, it was more about the piano and voice firstly, then thinking about all the electronics afterwards.

Jacket, Topshop – Tee, River Island

You’ve collaborated with a number of British solo artists – from Anne Marie and Louisa to Jess Glynne – all of whom, at the time of working with you, were still up and coming. Did you choose to work with these singers because you feel it’s important to help nurture homegrown talent like yourselves?

Jack: All of those people are just so talented in their own right. We’re always looking for amazing voices to either write with or record and perform songs.

Grace: We always try to think about what voice will work best with the song we’ve got. We took ‘Rather Be’ to Jess Glynne and quite a few other singers as well to try out different voices but it worked best with hers. ‘I Miss You’ was different because we wrote it with Julia Michaels and it’s a very personal song to her. We heard Zara Larsson singing at a festival a few years ago, showed her ‘Symphony’, she loved it and came on board with it straightaway. It totally transformed the track. It’s exciting when someone brings a whole new personality and vibe to a song.

GRACE – Top: Monki, Trousers: Monki, Shoes: Jimmy Choo / JACK – Top: Coach, Trousers: Jack’s own, Shoes: Converse / LUKE – Top: Urban Outfitters, Trousers: Luke’s own, Shoes: Converse

Who would you absolutely love to work with?

Jack: Beyonce, Lana del Rey, Drake, Kendrick Lamar…

Luke: Stormzy.

Jack: Frank Ocean.

Grace: Miley Cyrus, Bruno Mars, Bryson Tiller.

You’ve got a big US tour lined up for next year. Do you enjoy life on the road?

Grace: I love it. It’s really cathartic thing for me because I love travelling and seeing real people react to our music in real time. There’s no feeling like it. I also love playing with other people.

Luke: I love being out there. I love dedicated time to tours when you know you’re going to be away for a month and you can really get into the zone.

Jack: Weirdly it’s only on tour that we find a routine. When we’re back in the UK what we’re doing is so disjointed.

Grace: Having a tour manager that looks after us all is like being on a school trip; telling us where to go, what to do [laughs]!

Jacket, Issey Miyake

Which are your favourite songs to play live?

Jack: ‘Disconnect’, our collaboration with Marina and the Diamonds. Some good keyboard moments in there.

Luke: It’s still ‘Rather Be’. We’ve changed it up a bit and have some insane key changes at the end of the song which just take it up a notch.

Jack: We like to remix older tracks as well when we’re playing live.

Grace: ‘Rockabye’ and ‘Birch’.

GRACE – Dress: Amanda Wakeley, Shoes: Stylist’s own / JACK – Top: Levi’s Jeans: River Island, Shoes: Filling Pieces / LUKE – Shirt: Paul Smith @ Finnicks Trousers: All Saints Shoes, Jimmy Choo

You’ve had three number one hits in the UK so far. There must be quite a lot of pressure to keep producing chart-toppers. How do you stay on top of your game and not let this get to you?

Luke: There’s a lot of collaborations that go on that are all about the fame game, but our mentality is just to write a quality tune rather than remixing something just for the sake of it.

Grace: We just try and make songs that we like rather than making what we think other people will like.

Jacket & Jeans, Topshop / Shoes, Grace’s Own

What is your FAULT?

Grace: I’m bossy. It can get on other people’s nerves but it can also help get stuff done.

Luke: What’s my fault?

Jack: Your fault? You’re a bastard [laughs]!

Luke: That’s not my fault, that’s your fault!

 

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Words: Aimee Phillips

Photography: Jack Alexander

Styling: Holly Ounstead

Make-Up: Elaine Lynskey using MAC Cosmetics

Hair: Narad Kutowaroo using Unite Hair

Styling Assistants: Ellie McWhan and Jordyn Antunes

Special thanks: Burlock

Jess Glynne Stuns on FAULT Magazine’s Online Cover

 

 

Dress: Julien Macdonald Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

Dress: Julien Macdonald
Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

With a number 1 single in her pocket, Jess Glynne is no longer just ‘the girl who sings Rather Be”. After hitting all the awards shows from the Brits to the Grammy’s, fast forward to 2015 and she’s topping the charts with ‘Hold My Hand’. Apparently, taking the world by storm doesn’t take up all your free time as Jess chatted to us this week about all things music, her forthcoming album and how having a one hit wonder doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re gonna disappear.

Dress: Julien Macdonald Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

Dress: Julien Macdonald
Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

FAULT: You’ve started out by working with Clean Bandit and now you’ve got a number one as a solo artist. How does it feel? What was your first reaction when you heard the news? 

Jess: It was probably one of the most emotional and overwhelming moments in my career so far. I mean, having a number 1 with someone else is one thing, but having a number 1 on your own name is something completely different. It was so amazing to have all these people supporting me, buying the single and making it reach the top of the chart.

We’ve seen before that some artists will shoot to the top and then for a number of different reasons they can’t maintain that peak and fall off into obscurity. In the digital age when people have less of an attention span, does falling off ever worry you, and if so how do you combat it?

You know what, it’s a worry in any industry, especially in music right now when you’ve got so many artists out. I’ve been working on this project for a long time and the one thing that I’ve always focused on is making sure that it’s honest. It’s really easy to have a one hit wonder and then just disappear.  If your plan is longevity and to build an empire, you have to work hard. A lot of people think that if you’ve had one hit then that’s it, but you can’t think like that in this industry. You have to completely put your whole soul into it.  So no, it doesn’t really worry me, I work hard, but obviously there’s always a part of me that has a tiny fear of losing it.

Dress: Julien Macdonald Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

Dress: Julien Macdonald
Earrings, rings, bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX
Shoes: Vivienne Westwood

Now that you’re breaking into your own, how do you plan on differentiating yourself from being “the girl who sings Rather Be” and just being “Jess Glynne”? 

I think that the more music I release, the more stuff I do, the more people hear of me will eventually just speak for itself. I’m in this industry to make music and to be an artist. Eventually people will be able to differentiate me by hearing more of my music and seeing more of what I’m about.

You’ve been nominated at the Brits against yourself. Was that an odd position to be in?

It was really really strange actually. It was amazingly strange though. The first two songs I’ve ever released into the world were both nominated for a Brit award and it was probably one of the most amazing achievements really. I mean a lot of artists never get nominated to any awards.

Speaking of awards shows, congratulations on your Grammy. How was the whole experience for you? 

Absolutely insane. To be nominated is one thing, but to actually be there and win is like totally shit. I’ve never been so overwhelmed and shocked and excited and everything at the same time. Whenever someone mentions it to me I’m still in shock.

 Jacket & Skirt: Thierry Mugler All Jewellery: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX


Jacket & Skirt: Thierry Mugler at BOB Vintage 
All Jewellery: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX

When you close your eyes and envision 10 years down the road, what dreams/projects/milestones would you like to hit that’ll just make this whole journey worth it? 

If I were to look 10 years into the future I’d like to see that I have multiple albums out, touring the world, having a house and a family. All those things, hopes and dreams.

At least you ticked one thing off your wish list with the Grammy. 

As much as amazing as the Grammy is, I’d love to win a Grammy in my own name as well. So that’s still in there.

You’re just about to release your album. What can we expect from it?

You can expect to hear what I’m about. A lot of people don’t know what to expect from me cause they’ve heard so much other stuff. Everyone’s like “is it gonna be a dance album, is it gonna be this and that”, but I just can’t wait for people to hear what I’ve been inspired by, what I’ve created from all the stuff that’s influenced me over the years. It’s got a lot of soul influence, but it’s not a heartbreak album.

Does it come from a very personal place? 

It does come from a personal place cause it’s kinda about my journey over the past few years leading up to now. It’s personal in the sense that it’s me giving you the art that I’ve created, art that’s very close to home and that someone there has a personal meaning to me. It’s not a heartbreak album, but I hope it touches people in the sense that it will make them smile and feel amazing at any given time. When I listen to some albums chronologically from someone that I love, it makes me, you know, feel. With an album, you really wanna experience that and really get into it. Hopefully it will do the job.

Dress: E?thologie by Jasper Garvida Earrings & Necklace: Mawi Shoes: United Nude

Dress: Ethologie by Jasper Garvida
Earrings & Necklace: Mawi
Shoes: United Nude

From Coachella to the red carpet, you are always dressed to perfection. How would you describe your style?

I think my style is quite diverse. I’m very picky in what I wear, I won’t ever just wear anything. I like to mix things a lot as well and have something a little edgy to it. I can’t quite describe it.

Who would you say were your style icons?

It’s a really difficult question cause I’m usually inspired by what I love seeing here and there. One day I’d see something Rihanna’s wearing and love it and the next I’ll be walking down the street and see someone wearing something that I like. I don’t really have style icons in fashion I just love fashion.

Dress: Natasha Zinko Earrings, necklace, rings & bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX Shoes: Moda in Pelle

Dress: Natasha Zinko
Earrings, necklace, rings & bracelet: Terry Schiefer Xinxin TSXX
Shoes: Moda in Pelle

Lastly, what’s your FAULT? 

I think being indecisive is my biggest fault in the world. I can never make up my mind.

Words: Adina Ilie 

Photographer: Diana Gomez www.dianagomez.com

Fashion Editor: Kristine Kilty @ Lovely Management

Makeup Artist: Amy Brandon @ Lovely Management

Hair: Dave Nobel

Retoucher: Melissa Jenkins

Photography Assistants: Niklas Ruffer & Luis Antonio Gallo

Fashion Assistant: Shannon McGrath

Shot exclusively for FAULT at West Thirty Six, Notting Hill www.w36.co.uk