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Frontwoman Grace Chatto, who is a big fan of Gwen, reveals that her electronic dance-pop group had record a song with the No Doubt co-founder before negotiations fell through.
Clean Bandit frontwoman Grace Chatto was left devastated when a collaboration with her idol Gwen Stefani fell through.
The British band, who recently teamed up with Demi Lovato to record a track, planned to work with Gwen on a track but negotiations fell through after they had already recorded their part.
Grace, 32, who also plays cello in the group, revealed she was left crestfallen by the snub – as she idolises the No Doubt singer.
“(A song) was recorded but then it fell through, which was devastating,” Grace huffed. “She was my childhood idol, so that was a real shame.”
The group also wanted Bruno Mars and Harry Styles to appear on their forthcoming album “What Is Love?” but were turned down. They did manage to bag a collaboration with Elton John – only for them to decide his songs didn’t fit with the rest of their new material.
“We realised there was a sound developing in a certain part of the Venn diagram of the album and we wanted to push that,” explains bassist Jack Patterson. “It was kind of this tropical, plastic-y, mournful sound, whereas his songs were more from the (their 2014 hit) ‘Rather Be world’.”
Clean Bandit have become known for their star-studded collaborations – but almost split-up over who should sing on one of their biggest hits, “Rockabye” – a track which ended up featuring Anne-Marie and Sean Paul. The track originally featured its Norwegian co-writer Ina Wroldsen – but she was replaced at the request of record company executives against the band’s wishes.
“I did feel like I couldn’t do it any more because the idea that my business was hurting people,” Grace explained. “That was really painful. I went completely crazy for a while after that. I just had to carry on, but inside it was really hard.”
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