Chase & Status

Chase & Status
Chase & Status
Origin London, United Kingdom
Genres Drum and bass, breakbeat, grime, hip hop, dubstep, liquid funk
Years active 2003–present
Labels Ram, Mercury, Vertigo, Roc Nation[1]
Associated acts Plan B, Rihanna, Kano, Mali, Takura, Digga, Dizzee Rascal, Tempa T, Nero, Cloud9, Sub Focus, Example, Tinie Tempah, Cee-Lo Green, Clare Maguire, Delilah, Liam Bailey, Maverick Sabre, White Lies, Takura Tendayi, Modestep
Saul Milton
Will Kennard

Chase & Status are an electronic music production duo from London consisting of Saul Milton and Will Kennard. MC Rage & Andy Gangadeen also make up the live band.




They released some material on various labels, including Renegade Hardware. In particular, the tracks "Barbarians" and the remix of Future Cut's "20/20" were received well by the scene. They released an EP called "Ten Tonne EP", and they had some collaborations with other artists in the scene, such as Vicious Circle.

2006–2009: Debut album

Chase & Status have had three number one tracks on the UK Dance Chart in 2007 with the double A-side "Hurt You"/"Sell Me Your Soul", and in 2008 with "Take Me Away"/"Judgement (Informer)". On 5 October 2008, they reached number 70 on the national singles chart and number one on the UK Dance Chart again with their single "Pieces" featuring vocals by Plan B. In 2009, they made number 45 with "Against All Odds" which featured UK rapper Kano.

Chase and status changed their style from more Liquid Drum and bass songs such as "Take you there" and became more commercialized and mainstream after they moved their genre to Club/Dance music. Chase & Status' first album, More Than Alot, debuted in the UK album charts at number 49 on 19 October 2008 and entered the UK dance album chart at number 2.

Their album More Than Alot received the Best Album Award at the 2009 Drum and Bass awards, Birmingham, UK.

2009–present: No More Idols and commercial breakthrough

Soon afterwards they quickly began working on the album. On 8 November 2009, the duo entered the UK Top 40 for the first time with the track "End Credits". The track was released on 2 November 2009 and featuring British musician Plan B managed to reach a peak of number 9 on the UK Singles Chart. The single was written for the movie Harry Brown,[2] which also starred Ben Drew, aka. 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, named No More Idols according to posters outside their album launch show at the HMV Forum in Kentish Town on October 21. The single featured vocals from Mali and debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number 11; marking the duo's second consecutive Top 40 hit. "Hypest Hype" featuring Tempa T was confirmed in October 2010 to be the third single from the album and was released as a free download from their website on 8 November 2010; meaning it did not qualify to chart. The fourth single from the album is the dubstep-flavoured "Blind Faith", which features Nottingham-born soul singer/songwriter Liam Bailey and was released on January 24, 2011. The album also contains a new song "Heavy" with Dizzee Rascal.[3] The album debuted at number 2 in the UK and was certified Gold in the first week of sales by the BPI.

Remixes and productions

They have also created a remix version of "Invaders Must Die" for The Prodigy. The remix reached 53 in the Australian Aria Singles Chart and 7 in the Aria Dance Chart. They have also produced for Bajan singer Rihanna, on her fourth album Rated R as well as for British singer 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 third album "Playing In The Shadows".

Live performances

On New Year's Eve 2009 they headlined the Brixton Academy for 'Get Loaded in the Dark' alongside Simian Mobile Disco, Annie Mac, Hervé and Sub Focus.[4] Chase & Status also performed at the Australian Good Vibrations Festival in February 2010 alongside Basement Jaxx, Armand Van Helden, Gossip, Kid Cudi, Gym Class Heroes and The Killers.[5] They played at the Warriors Dance Festival [6] at the National Bowl in Milton Keynes on 24 July 2010. This was in support of The Prodigy, their biggest headline gig to date. Other acts that played include Pendulum, Enter Shikari and Does It Offend You, Yeah?.

Chase & Status also played at the Jersey Live Festival in Jersey, Channel Islands.[7] They performed on Main stage alongside Kate Nash, Paul Weller, Sub Focus, Jaguar Skills, Professor Green, Biffy Clyro and Groove Armada. Chase & Status played as the main act at the 2010 Freshers Ball at Southampton University, Coventry University and Plymouth University.[citation needed] Chase & Status headlined the Rhythm and Vines New Years Festival,[8] in Gisborne, New Zealand, this booking following a Facebook campaign setup by two New Zealand students from The University of Otago.[9] In 2010, FOM (Formula One Management) used the song "Let You Go" as part of their Race Edit for the 2010 F1 South Korea Grand Prix.

On 1 January Chase & Status closed the HMV Institutes New Year's Eve party which featured a number of other artists including Goldie, Shy Fx & Jaguar and Skream.

Chase & Status will play this year (more precisely-in the beginning of March) at trans-music festival in St.-Petersburg, Russia. Under the unchecked data, they play there every year.

The duo have been confirmed as the Friday headliners for Kendal Calling 2011 and played at the West Holts stage at Glastonbury Festival 2011.

The duo played the Main Stage at BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend at Carlisle on 14 May 2011.

Chase & Status were also a highlight act in the Big Top at the Isle of Wight Festival 2011, June 11.

Chase & Status also played on the last night of student festival "summer break" in Newquay on 15 June 2011. They played at Roskilde festival on 30 June being the last band that day on the stage "Cosmopol".

Chase & Status performed at Wakestock festival on 8 July 2011. Following this they then went and performed at T in The Park in Kinross, Scotland on the 9th of July 2011.

Chase & Status also performed at Wireless Festival on 2 July 2011,[10] at Oxegen on 10 July 2011 and at the iTunes Festival on 28 July 2011.

Chase & Status performed on the Metropolis Stage at Global Gathering on 30 July 2011.[11] They played to a full capacity crowd where security had to restrict the amount of people to "one-in, one-out".

Chase & Status have also performed at V Festival 2011 on the 20 and 21 August.

Chase & Status headlined Bingley festival on Sunday 4 September 2011.

On Friday 25 November, Chase & Status headline 2011 UKF Bass Culture at Alexandra Palace.

MTA Records

In 2009 Chase & Status founded the independent record label MTA Records, specialising in drum and bass and dubstep music. Artists signed to the label include Cotti, 501, Nero, Redlight, 16bit and Sam Wire.


  • Saul Milton (Chase) – guitar, keyboards, programming, DJ (2003–present)
  • Will Kennard (Status) - DJ, drums
Live members
  • Rage – MC, vocals (2009–present)
  • Andy Gangadeen – drums (2009–present)



  • Chase & Status Debut Live Tour (UK, 2009)[12]
  • Live Tour (UK Spring 2010, Autumn 2010)[13][14]
  • No More Idols Tour (UK, Europe, North America 2011)[15][16][17][18]

Awards and nominations

Drum & Bass Awards
Year Nominated work 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 Nominated work Award Result
2011 "Let You Go" (featuring Mali) Best Video Nominated
Q Awards
Year Nominated work Award Result
2010 "End Credits" (featuring Plan B) Best Video Won
UK Festival Awards
Year Nominated work Award Result
2010 Chase & Status (Bestival) Critic's Choice Nominated
Chase & Status (Beach Break Live) Headline Performance Nominated
Virgin Media Music Awards
Year Nominated work Award Result
2010 Chase & Status Best Newcomer Nominated
Xtra Bass Awards
Year Nominated work Award Result
2007 "In Love" (with Jenna G) Best Track Won


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  2. ^ End Credits Songfacts
  3. ^ Liam Bailey interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' November 2010
  4. ^ "Clash Music". Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Good Vibrations Festival 2010". Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Warriors Dance Festival 2010". Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Welcome to Jearsey Live 2010". Retrieved 11 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Rhythm And Vines Second Line Up Announcement". Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
  9. ^ "Facebook Campaigners Behind Chase & Status At R&V". Retrieved 23 September 2010. 
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  15. ^ Chase & Status : Official Website : News
  16. ^ Chase & Status : Official Website : News
  17. ^ Chase & Status : Official Website : News
  18. ^ Chase & Status : Official Website : News

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