Interview: Chase & Status
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Chase & Status have made it big. Last year their critically acclaimed album No More Idols reached number 2 in the album charts, going gold in the first week. Since then the pair have maintained a flawless reputation for live shows, selling out countless venues nationwide, all while managing to find time to pop over to the U.S. to sample beats for Jay Z and produce tracks for Rihanna. It’s just all in a day’s work for Saul Milton and Will Kennard. While it’s hard to contemplate their meteoric rise in popularity, their story is pretty typical. The met as fledgling mutual music lovers, “We listened to everything, early jungle ’94, hardcore rave stuff from the late ‘80s, Joy Division, Tears for Fears through to Nirvana, Pearl Jam to people like Biggie Smalls and Wu Tang, a real eclectic mix.” Before starting writing beats in their bedrooms and realising they were pretty damn good at it, “We were bedroom DJs and then a couple of years after that at university we just said ‘you know what? Let’s get a studio’ So we did it.” The pair dropped out of uni and quickly infiltrated and impressed the underground drum and bass scene: “I was at Manchester Met studying English and Humanities and Will went to Manchester Uni studying History of Art. We didn’t really follow the university path as good students should. But we carried on living in the city after dropping out. It was a great place to learn our trade.” It’s here where things get interesting. Since their 2008 record More Than A lot the pair have managed that elusive crossover into the mainstream, a feat credibly achieved by few. Chase & Status are arguably the only breakthrough drum and bass act since Pendulum, who have managed to maintain their underground applause while winning over a host of fresh young fans in the process.
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