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How to produce a global No 1 hit with Clean Bandit

Guardian Masterclasses

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

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Join Grammy award-winning Clean Bandit for a unique behind-the-scenes masterclass on music and video production.

For one exclusive evening, join Jack Patterson and Grace Chatto, aka two-thirds of chart-topping Clean Bandit, as they recount developing their hit songs and give you the chance to share your music.

The genre-bending group formed at university and released their debut album New Eyes in June 2014. Their first track to gain wider attention was Jess Glynne collaboration Rather Be, which held the No 1 spot in the UK singles chart for four consecutive weeks and went on to win a Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 2015. More recently, the group’s hit Rockabye, featuring Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, claimed the coveted UK Christmas 2016 No 1, holding the top spot for nine consecutive weeks.

Jack and Grace will talk about the challenges of structuring a song, no matter what the genre, and share their insight into catering to different audiences and achieving wider popularity and acclaim. They will also offer tips on music production and video-making software and provide constructive, professional feedback on any shared music.


  • Where to find inspiration and how to develop initial ideas

  • How to structure a song and know what works

  • Explaining the journey: comparing Clean Bandit audio from demo stages with finished tracks

  • Brainstorming for video concepts: deciding what it needs to relay

  • Computer programmes to use for audio and video

  • How to compel an audience sonically and visually for three and a half minutes

Course preparation

This course is suitable for aspiring creatives looking to get into music/video production. Some prior knowledge of music/video production is recommended. The attendees are encouraged to come with music and/or videos to share with the class on their personal laptop.  

More about your tutors...

Jack Patterson is bass guitar, keyboard and piano player as well as the creative force and producer of Clean Bandit. In 2015, Jack took home two Ivor Novello Awards: PRS for Music Most Performed Work and Best Contemporary Song for Rather Be. He has produced records for No 1 recording artists, including Jess Glynne and Marina and The Diamonds.

Grace Chatto is cellist and vocalist of Clean Bandit. The trio, which also includes Jack’s brother, drummer Luke Patterson, are currently in the studio recording their second studio album, set for a 2017 release.

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The Guardian
Kings Place
90 York Way
N1 9GU London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM (BST)

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Guardian Masterclasses

Welcome to Guardian masterclasses – a unique programme of learning embedded within one of the world's most forward-thinking media organisations.

Masterclasses offer a broad range of short and long courses across a variety of disciplines from creative writing, journalism, photography and design, film and digital media, music and cultural appreciation.

Harnessing the expertise and specialisms within the organisation, our courses are led by first class and award winning guardian professionals whilst also drawing on the skills and expertise of other leading figures at the forefront of the creative and digital industries.

The programme is aimed at anyone interested in personal or professional development whether that be refining your skills, focusing your ambition or simply broadening your mind and gaining inspiration.

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