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Chase and Status

Chase & Status
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Drum and bass, bass music, breakbeat, dubstep, UK garage, trap music
Instruments Turntables, bass guitar, drum machine, drums, sequencer, sampler, synthesizer
Years active 2003–present
Labels Ram, Mercury, Vertigo, Roc Nation[1]
Associated acts Plan B, Rihanna, Takura, Kano, Mali, Digga (a.k.a. McLean), Dizzee Rascal, Tempa T, Nero, Cloud9, Sub Focus, Example, Tinie Tempah, Cee-Lo Green, Clare Maguire, Delilah, Liam Bailey, Maverick Sabre, White Lies, Modestep, Vicious Circle, Louis M^tters, Moko, Pusha T
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Members Saul Milton (Chase)
Will Kennard (Status)
Andy Gangadeen
MC Rage

Chase & Status are a British Electronic music production duo composed of Saul Milton (Chase) and Will Kennard (Status). In addition, MC Rage & Andy Gangadeen also make up the live band. The duo are from London, and formed in 2003 after meeting at university in Manchester. The duo have since released three studio albums as well as collaborating with major artists such as Plan B, Cee Lo Green, Rihanna, Example and Tinie Tempah.

History

2003–2005

Saul Milton (Chase) and Will Kennard (Status) originally met in London through a mutual friend although met up again whilst university students in Manchester. Will studied History of Art at the University of Manchester, while Saul studied English and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University. Will decided to drop out of university to pursue a music career although Saul did manage to achieve an honours in his studies despite spending most of his time on music.[2]

They began releasing Drum & Bass on record labels including Bingo Beats and Renegade Hardware. Most notable tracks include "Barbarians", a remix of "20/20" by Future Cut and later on 'In Love', featuring Jenna G.

2006–2009: More Than Alot

Chase & Status had three number one singles on the UK Dance Chart between 2007 - 2009; the double A-side "Hurt You" / "Sell Me Your Soul" in 2007 and "Take Me Away" / "Judgement (Informer)" in 2008 were two of them. On 5 October 2008, they reached number seventy on the UK Singles Chart and number one on the UK Dance Chart again with their single "Pieces" featuring vocals from Plan B. In 2009, they peaked at number forty five with "Against All Odds", which featured UK rapper Kano.

After this, Chase & Status' style changed from more 'liquid' drum and bass songs, such as "Take U There" (featuring Digga), to a more commercialised sound, reminiscent of club/dance music. Chase & Status' first album, More Than Alot, debuted on the UK Albums Chart at number forty nine in October 2008 and the UK Dance Album Chart at number two. It received the Best Album Award at the 2009 Drum and Bass awards.

2009–2011: No More Idols

In November 2009, the duo entered the top forty of the UK Singles Chart for the first time with the track "End Credits". The track was released on 2 November 2009 and featuring Plan B, it reached a peak of number nine on the UK Singles Chart. The single was written for the movie Harry Brown,[3] which also starred Ben Drew (Plan B).

The duo then released "Let You Go" on 15 August 2010, revealing it to be the second official single to be released from their second studio album No More Idols, according to posters outside their album launch show at HMV Forum in Kentish Town on 21 October. The single featured vocals from Mali and debuted at number eleven on the UK Singles Chart, marking the duo's second consecutive Top Forty hit. "Hypest Hype" (featuring Tempa T) was confirmed in October 2010 to be the third single from the album. Because it was released as a free download from their website on 8 November 2010, it did not qualify to chart. The fourth single from the album is "Blind Faith", which features soul singer/songwriter Liam Bailey and was released in January 2011.[4] Other singles include "Time" (featuring Delilah), "Hitz" (featuring Tinie Tempah) and "Flashing Lights" (with Sub Focus featuring Takura). The album also contains the song "Heavy" with Dizzee Rascal. The album debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart and was certified Gold in the first week of sales by the British Phonographic Industry.

2012–present: Brand New Machine

In contrast to More Than Alot and No More Idols, the new album has a darker sound.[5] The duo performed as a sub-headline on Friday night at Download Festival 2012, provoking an outcry from regular Download enthusiasts (the festival is recognized as a rock/metal festival), not least due to them being higher on the bill than fan favourites Machine Head, who had been subject to an internet campaign to headline the festival.[6] However, they were well-received. Chase & Status have also headlined electronic music festival South West Four hosted on London's Clapham Common.

Chase & Status: Live at Brixton, a CD/DVD featuring appearances from Tinie Tempah, Liam Bailey, Mali & Delilah, was released on 2 April 2012.

On 15 October 2012, the track "Big Man" featuring Liam Bailey was released on the official Chase & Status website as a free download. The following day it was released through online retailers. The music video was also published on 15 October on their official YouTube channel and the 'UKFDrumandBass' channel.[7][8]

On 8 March 2013, the duo were confirmed to headline Saturday night at Roskilde Festival following Metallica at Orange stage.[9] On 11 March 2013, the duo were confirmed through their website to sub-headline Saturday night at Reading Festival and Sunday night at Leeds Festival 2013.

On 4 June 2013, the album's lead single "Lost & Not Found" featuring Louis M^ttrs was uploaded to the 'ChaseAndStatusVEVO' channel. The digital single was released on 26 June and includes remixes from MTA Records artists Dream Mclean, Kove and Josh Butler.[10] On 17 June 2013, MTA Records announced that newly signed Elli Ingram will support them on tour and feature on the album.

On 26 July 2013, they announced the album title to be Brand New Machine. The album's second single "Count on Me" featuring Moko premiered on B.Traits' BBC Radio 1 show on the same day,[11] and the official album artwork was released. "Count On Me" was released on 29 September. The album was released on 7 October.[12] Another album track, "Machine Gun" featuring Pusha T, was uploaded to their SoundCloud account on 9 September and given frequent airplay as a precursor to the album, despite not being an official single.

On 24 August 2013, they performed on the Main Stage at Reading Festival before Eminem. During the performance, MC Rage had to stop the show due to people being crushed at the front of the crowd. The act was resumed, and finished successfully.[13] They headlined 1Xtra Live in Bournemouth on 7 October, the same day as the album release, and will return to the BIC on their arena tour in November.

The band will play their first show in India during the popular multi-genre music festival, Bacardi NH7 Weekender on the 20th of October, 2013[14]

Remixes and productions

The duo have also created a remix version of "Invaders Must Die" for The Prodigy. In Australia, the remix reached fifty three on the Aria Singles Chart and number seven on the Aria Dance Chart. They have also produced for Rihanna numerous times, on her fourth album Rated R, sixth album Talk That Talk and seventh album "Unapologetic", as well as producing British-Kosovan singer Rita Ora's No.1 hit, R.I.P and co-producing a track on Alexandra Burke's album Overcome. Other remixes include Black Canvas' "Broken Dreams", Dizzee Rascal's "Sirens", Nneka's "Heartbeat" and Capleton's "Who Dem" (renamed "Duppy Man"). Chase & Status also produced a track for singer Example for his second album Won't Go Quietly ("Sick Note") and again for his third album Playing in the Shadows ("Playing in the Shadows"). They also produced Example's unreleased track "Pink Notes" that features on his mixtape The Credit Munch Redux.[15]

MTA Records

In 2009 Chase & Status founded the independent record label More Than Alot Records (MTA Records), specialising in exceptional music.[16] Popular music to the label is Dubstep & Deep House.

Artists

  • Abigail Wyles
  • Ben Pearce
  • Chase & Status
  • Dream Mclean
  • Elli Ingram
  • Josh Butler
  • KillSonik (f.k.a. Chasing Shadows)
  • Knytro
  • Kove
  • Louis M^ttrs
  • Moko
  • Moody Good (Eddie Jefferys, formerly part of 16bit)
  • Nero
  • SION
  • The 13 (Jason Morrison, formerly part of 16bit)
  • Torqux

Releases

Studio albums

Year No. Artist Title
2011 MTARECLP001 Nero Welcome Reality

Singles and EPs

Year Category Artist Title Songs
2009 MTAREC001 Doctor & Cotti / 501 Rise The Temperature / Insanity Rise The Temperature, Insanity
2010 MTAREC002 Nero Innocence / Electron Innocence, Electron
MTAREC003 Redlight What You Talking About!? What You Talking About!? (feat. Ms Dynamite), Radio Edit, Accapella, What You Talking About!? (Roska remix), MDMA, Chopsticks
2011 MTAREC004 Nero Me & You Me & You, Welcome Reality, Me & You (Dirtyphonics remix), Me & You (Danger remix), Me & You (Kamuki remix)
MTAREC005 16bit FRZR9000 FRZR9000, Skullcrack
MTAREC006 Nero Guilt Guillt, Guilt (Culture Shock remix), Gulit VIP, Innocence (Feed Me remix)
MTAREC007 Promises Promises, Promises (Skrillex & Nero remix), Promises (Calvin Harris remix), New Life
MTAREC008 16bit Dinosaurs Dinosaurs, Boston Creme
MTAREC009 Nero Crush On You Crush On You, Crush On You (Knife Party remix), Crush On You (KillSonik remix), Crush On You (Brodinski remix)
MTAREC010 Reaching Out Reaching Out (Radio Edit), Reaching Out (Wilkinson remix), Reaching Out (Booka Shade remix), Reaching Out (Fred Falke remix)
2012 MTAREC011 Redlight Get Out My Head Get Out My Head, Get Out My Head (Joker remix)
MTAREC012 Nero Must Be the Feeling Must Be The Feeling (Radio Edit), Must Be The Feeling (Live Version), Must Be The Feeling (Flux Pavilion & Nero remix), Must Be The Feeling (SebastiAn remix), Must Be The Feeling (Brookes Brothers remix), Must Be The Feeling (Azari & III remix), Must Be The Feeling (Kill The Noise remix)
MTAREC013 KillSonik Bloodlust Bloodlust, Girly
MTAREC014 Dream Mclean Network Network, Network (Chase & Status remix)
MTAREC015 Nero Won't You (Be There) Won't You (Be There), Etude, Won't Yo (Be There) (Baauer remix), Won't You (Be There) (Club Cheval remix)
MTAREC016 Ben Pearce What I Might Do What I Might Do, What I Might Do (Club Edit), What I Might Do (Harry Wolfman remix), What I Might Do (Adam Shelton remix), What I Might Do (Bonar Bradberry remix)
2013 MTAREC017 Josh Butler Got A Feeling Got A Feeling, Warm Embrace, Got A Feeling (Bontan remix), Got A Feeling (Ben Pearce remix), Warm Embrace (Bass Version)
MTAREC018 KillSonik Where The River Runs Black EP Where The River Runs Black, Walrus, Slaughterhouse (feat. James Smith), Je Te Veux, Slaughterhouse (Radio Edit)
MTAREC019 Torqux Blazin' EP Blazin' (feat. Lady Leshurr), Hit Me, Blazin' (Dimension remix)
MTAREC020 Dream Mclean Sloe Gin Sloe Gin, Sloe Gin (SION remix), Sloe Gin (Dub Phizix remix)
MTAREC021 Weatherman EP Weatherman, Take Me Away (feat. Bandit Blacks), Titanic (feat. Siris), White Lies, Weatherman (Lynx Remix), Weatherman (Balistiq Remix), Weatherman (Smudge Remix)
MTAREC022 KillSonik Leviathan Leviathan
MTAREC023 Elli Ingram Sober EP Mad Love, Sober, Elliot, High Love, Fun, Poetic Justice (Retrial)
MTAREC024 Abigail Wyles Mantra Mantra, Mantra (Doc Daneeka Remix), Mantra (Andrea Remix)
MTAREC025 Kove Measures EP Searching, Love For You, Night Thought, Losing You
MTAREC026 Knytro Project Haarpoon Tower Champ, Still Standing, Brooklyn, Domini Effect, Status Quo, H.U.H, Who Am I?, Simplicity, So Gone, Pharohe, Ill Legit, Interlude, HAARP, Orchid
MTAREC027 SION Make You Do Make You Do, Make You Do (Kolombo Remix), Make You Do (Markas Remix)
MTAREC028 Torqux So Divine So Divine (feat. Tiffani Juno), So Divine (Club Mix), Get Down, Silhouette, So Divine (Jus Now Remix), Get Down (Club Mix)
MTAREC029 Josh Butler Closer Closer, Keep Movin
MTAREC030 Ben Pearce What I Might Do (Karma Kid Remix) What I Might Do (Karma Kid Remix)
MTAREC031 Moko Black EP Freeze, Hand on Heart, Summon the Strength, Honey Cocaine
TBA Louis M^ttrs Beachy Head EP War with Heaven, Killing Me Differently, God's Help, XXYYXX - Luv U Grl Pt. 2 (Louis M^ttrs Refix), War with Heaven (Catching Flies Remix)

Other releases

Year Artist Title Songs
2013 SION Gangster Walk (Hipster Lean Mix) Gangster Walk (Hipster Lean Mix)
I Can't Stop I Can't Stop
KillSonik Leviathan* Leviathan
SION He Got Game He Got Game
  • Leviathan was originally a free download, but on the 07/07/13 it was made an official release f

Members

  • Saul Milton (Chase) – keyboards, programming, DJ, guitar
  • Will Kennard (Status) - keyboards, programming, DJ

Live members:

  • Rage – MC (2009–present)
  • Andy Gangadeen – drums (2009–present)

Discography

Tours

  • Chase & Status Debut Live Tour (UK, 2009)[17]
  • Live Tour (UK Spring 2010, Autumn, 2010)[18][19]
  • No More Idols Tour (UK, Europe, North America, 2011)[20][21][22][23]
  • Brand New Machine Arena Tour (UK Autumn 2013) [24]

Awards and nominations

Drum & Bass Awards
Year Recipient Award Result
2008 Chase & Status Best Producer Nominated
"Hurt You" Best Track Nominated
2009 Chase & Status Best Producer Won
More Than Alot Best Album Won
"Take Me Away" Best Track Won
2010 Chase & Status Best Live Act Nominated
Best Producer Nominated
"End Credits" (featuring Plan B) Best Track Nominated
2011 Chase & Status Best Live Act Won
Best Producer Won
NME Awards
Year Recipient Award Result
2011 "Let You Go" (featuring Mali) Best Video Nominated
Q Awards
Year Recipient Award Result
2010 "End Credits" (featuring Plan B) Best Video Won
UK Festival Awards
Year Recipient Award Result
2010 Chase & Status (Bestival) Critic's Choice Nominated
Chase & Status (Beach Break Live) Headline Performance Nominated
Virgin Media Music Awards
Year Recipient Award Result
2010 Chase & Status Best Newcomer Nominated
Xtra Bass Awards
Year Recipient Award Result
2007 "In Love" (with Jenna G) Best Track Won

References

External links

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Myspace
  • Discogs
  • YouTube
  • Chase & Status video interview on Virgin Red Room
  • Chase & Status on TopDeejays
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