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About Chase and Status
Drum and bass duo, Chase & Status, consists of Saul "Chase" Milton and Will "Status" Kennard, who have been working together since they DJ'd in tandem at Manchester University. Much of the duo's early work came in the form of remixes for artists and labels, including Future Cut in 2004. Their reputation as hard-hitting producers gave them the chance to release their first album in 2008. Entitled More Than A Lot, the album contained a range of radio-friendly tracks together with tracks that harked back to their club roots. The first album included collaborations with Plan B, along with the breakout single, Against All Odds, which featured Kano. The album attracted the attention of Snoop Dog, who re-released the track Eastern Jam as Snoop Dog Millionaire. Critical acclaim was also forthcoming for the first album, with More Than A Lot scooping the Best Album Award at the Drum and Bass Awards in 2009.
Chase & Status have spent a long time crafting their stage act, which received its debut at the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend in 2009. Augmenting the set-up to include a live drummer along with MC Rage, the show has captivated audiences worldwide and often features collaborations with guest vocalists, who have included Tinie Tempah, Maverick Sabre and Mali.
A change in direction followed for the second album, No More Idols, which included pop collaborations. A more mainstream sound resulted in a boost in sales, including a debut at number two in the charts, and a Gold certification within the first week of release. In addition to regular nominations and award wins at the Drum and Bass awards, Chase & Status have won a Q Award for the video for End Credits, and a 1Xtra award for the track, In Love. In a move previously unheard of for a drum and bass act, Chase & Status were nominated for the best band award at the BRITs in 2012, ultimately losing out to Coldplay.
In 2013, the duo embarked on their first headline arena tour, named after their third album, Brand New Machine. This tour took the show, which wowed audiences at Glastonbury Festival, out across the UK and Ireland. Summer 2013 saw the group take high-profile slots at a range of other festivals, including Oxegen, Ibiza Rocks, T in the Park and the Reading and Leeds Festival.