WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - It was an experiment that blew up, but in a good way. “We were just friends hanging out. We played classical music since we were really little, Neil and I. And the other two guys were experimenting with electronic music," said Grace Chatto of Clean Bandit.
Fusing classical and electronial music together, Clean Bandit created their own musical genre. Thanks to their hit, featuring the vocals of Jess Glynne, their music has found a second home across the pond. “Rather Be has been gradually climbing up the Billboard charts, and we've been checking all the time. It's so slow here how it's gone up. It came out in January in the UK and was number one straight away for about four weeks and the rest of Europe. We never really imagined it would come as far as America.”
But it did, and now Grace Chatto and Milan Neil Amin-Smith, along with bandmates Jack and Luke Patterson, are in Florida – traveling to WILD 95.5's I Heart Radio Listener Lounge in West Palm Beach. “We're having quite a bit of problems going in and out of buildings because it's so cold inside all of the buildings because of the air conditioning. We really doing have air conditioning in the UK,” said Milan Neil Amin-Smith.
While traveling the US, they learned their song isn't just playing on our radio airwaves. “We kind of didn't know it was being used in a TV commercial. We were in Chicago, and someone said, ‘Have you seen the Coke ad? It's amazing'. And we're like what Coke ad?”
So as the US embraces Clean Bandit, they embrace back. "We've kind of being finding everything quite weird [in the U.S.], but in a good way. We just expected it to be quite like home, and then we got here and it felt like a foreign country. And it was a bit of a shock.”
“We're so far away, obviously, things are going to be different. Because it's the same language, you think, it's going to be similar. But just like simple things, like how to pay in a super market. We couldn't really work it out when we were in New York,” Grace chimed it.
“We ended up having to steal hundreds of dollars of groceries because we really couldn't work it out to buy them,” joked Neil.
IF you love "Rather Be", check out their new single with Jess Glynne, called "Real Love", which is available on iTunes.