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Chase & Status
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Chase & Status aka Saul Milton (Chase) and Will Kennard (Status) , theLondon drum N bass duo, were faced with a weighty dilemma when they first laid down the tracks that would make up their third studio album : how would they follow the sizeable footprint left by their 2011’s multi-platinum selling No More Idols, not to mention their hefty rep as festival headliners.We are a booking agent for Chase & Status, and you can hire them for your corporate event or private party.
They found their answer in Brand New Machine, an album that brims with surging, dancefloor anthems, dusty trip hop grooves as championed by the likes of Massive Attack and Portishead, and a collection of jungle and garage breakbeats that increase with substance over repeated plays. The brooding ragga harmonies and hip hop samples, meanwhile deliver an updated take on No More Idols’ anthemic, catch-all appeal. The overall vibe was an instantly memorable collection of swaggering cuts tuned to a club setting, hyped summer festivals and arenas alike.
Meanwhile, their studio quickly became a revolving door for the dance scene’s emerging singing talent. A role call of sensations-in-waiting were invited to lay down vocals on a string of tracks, and appearances by studio debutants, Louis M^ttrs, rapper Knytro and the smoky tones of Brighton singer, Elli Ingram followed on from Chase & Status’s previous work with A-listers, Plan B, Tinie Tempah, indie doom-mongers White Lies and greats such as Cee‐Lo Green and Rihanna.
Next came their prestigious headline slot at Glastonbury festival, opposite The Rolling Stones, on the Other Stage, where Heaven Knows was premiered with Elli Ingram. Next followed a string of headline performances around the UK and Europe including T In The Park, Lowlands Festival and closing the main stage at Roskilde after Metallica.
The band performed their storming, riotous show at Reading and Leeds Festival, on the Main Stage before Eminem, to round up another phenomenal summer on the festival circuit. The show was so wild that they had to stop the music multiple times to get the crowd to take a step back, in order to reduce the crush at the front. Melvin Benn, the owner of Reading and Leeds, went on to say they were definite one day headliners. There was a period of soul searching, following the completion of the song writing process, as the duo took to polishing 14 tracks into an album that lived up to their high expectations.
Their hard work and perfectionism in the making of the album paid off when Brand New Machine stormed the UK charts at #2 and is currently quickly approaching Platinum status, not to mention closing the year with their first ever UK arena tour seeing the live band perform to over 80,000 people.This culminated in a phenomenal sold out homecoming show at London’s 02 Arena.
Milton and Kennard have continually pushed drum ‘n’ bass’s experimental spirit into increasingly brave, unchartered areas – rock, reggae for the best part of 10 years. Hip hop and soulful club grooves are just some of the genres that have been underpinned by their love for clattering breakbeats. They have remixed for the likes of Jay Z and The Prodigy. They also have had six tracks feature on three of Rihanna’s smash hit albums as well as Snoop Dogg requesting to write on their early hit ‘Eastern Jam’ transforming it into ‘Snoop Dogg Millionaire’. With Brand New Machine’s kaleidoscopic sound, they’ve rebooted their reputation as the one of most exciting production teams on the scene.
They completed another huge summer of touring the festival circuit with their live show, taking in slots at Global Gathering, Benicassim and an explosive headline slot in their hometown at London’s Lovebox Festival during 2014. Alongside these festival commitments, they were also the first bass music act to be given a weekly residency at Amnesia, one of Ibiza’s biggest and best-known clubs.
At the end of 2014, they and Rage teamed up with David Rodigan and Shy FX to form Rebel Sound, a dub dream team initially brought together to compete in the Red Bull Culture Clash at Earl’s Court. Rebel Sound took on 3 other crews , the London grime collective, BBK; Reggae legends, Stone Love; and New York’s A$AP Mob and in front of a 20,000 strong crowd, they won the title of Culture Clash champions for 2014. 2015 sees the duo head back to the studio to work on new material together while they continue to tour worldwide.
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