Clean Bandit is a British group who are best known for their singles "Mozart's House" which debuted at number 17 on the UK Singles Chart and "A+E" that reached number 100. The band was founded in 2009
Band members Jack Patterson, Grace Chatto and Milan Neil Amin-Smith met while studying as undergraduates at Jesus College, University of Cambridge.
At the time, Chatto was leading a string quartet together with Amin-Smith. Chatto was Patterson's girlfriend at the time and Patterson would record Chatto's performances. 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 then wrote lyrics for the piece and the song "Mozart's House" materialised. 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'.
Jack Patterson: bass, sax, deck
Luke Patterson: drums
Grace Chatto: strings
Milan Neil Amin-Smith: strings