Pharrell Williams of N*E*R*D hails them as ‘The most exciting producers in the UK today’, Rihanna considers them ‘the backbone’ of her record ‘Rated R’ but this isn’t enough to quench the musical thirst of multi award winning, platinum record selling producers, writers and musicians in their own right, Chase & Status aka Will Kennard and Saul Milton. The duo, who count Jay Z and Snoop Dogg as fans, as well as drum and bass’ finest Andy C, Hype and Pendulum; enjoy heavy rotation in the hands of dub-step royalty such as N-Type and Skream; and have each release enthusiastically supported by Radio 1 tastemakers Annie Mac and Zane Lowe.
Will and Saul met in London through their mutual love of Drum and bass in the mid nineties before later cementing their friendship by Dj’ing together at Manchester University. 2004 saw their first production, a remix for Future Cut which was followed by a series of drum and bass anthems for the biggest underground labels including ‘Duppy Man’ for Breakbeat Kaos and ‘The Druids’ EP for DJ Zinc’s trendsetting Bingo label. Despite a high volume of releases on Ram Records and constant DJing around the world, Chase & Status managed to mastermind and release their debut album ‘More Than A lot’ in 2008. Packed with the kind of drum and bass anthems that have helped build their reputation, it also features tracks which show the diversity of their work: such as ‘Pieces’ featuring Plan B and the Radio 1 A-List single ‘Against All Odds’ featuring Kano. The album is a thrilling journey through the UK urban scene and truly deserves its title. One track from the album, ‘Eastern Jam’ was even spotted by Snoop Dogg who newly released it in April 2009 as ‘Snoop Dogg Millionaire’.
In 2009 Chase & Status began crafting their, now renowned, live show which they debuted at the BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend that year. Their live set up includes the legendary Andy Gangadeen on drums and enigmatic front man, Rage as their MC. The show features an exhilarating mixture of lighting, video and guest appearances from vocalists including Plan B and Tinie Tempah as well as rising stars Delilah, Liam Bailey, Maverick Sabre and Mali who all appear on ‘No More Idols’. The live show continues to draw in record attendances through two years of headline festival appearances, five sold out UK tours, three sold out European tours, two sold out US tours and repeated festival appearances across the globe from Coachella to Big Day Out, Ibiza Rocks to Summersonic in Japan.
Having signed both a major publishing deal with Universal Publishing and a major record deal with Vertigo / Mercury Records in 2009, the duo smashed straight into the Official UK Top 10 with single ‘End Credits’, their second collaboration with UK vocalist, Plan B which featured in the gritty British movie ‘Harry Brown’ starring Michael Caine. The video to this track would go on to win ‘Best Video’ at the 2010 Q Awards.
2010 saw Chase & Status next release ‘Let You Go’ Feat. Mali which undoubtedly became the anthem of the Summer festivals along with ‘Hypest Hype’ featuring grime artist Tempa T which was released as a free download. At the end of January 2011, Chase & Status released ‘Blind Faith’ feat. Liam Bailey, which entered the UK singles chart at No. 4, the bands’ highest charting single to date. One week later, their hotly anticipated second studio album ‘No More Idols’ was released and went flying straight into the No.2 spot on the UK Album Chart second only to Adele’s worldwide smash ‘21’.