SHE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DRIVE A TRACTOR, BUT CLEAN BANDIT’S CELLIST CAN STILL ROLL OUT IN A WALMART CHARIOT.
Hi, Grace! Where are you right now? I’m in a branch of Walmart. I’m somewhere between Dallas and, er, somewhere else.
Walmart is great. You can use battery-powered mobility chariots. Have you seen one? I’ve not seen any chariots, no. [ Shouts to bandmate Jack Patterson] Jack! Can you see any chariots? [ Confused mumbling in background] Jack’s off to find you one.
Do you think it’d be annoying in real life if, like in your Sean Paul collaboration Rockabye, every time you tried to say something, someone butted in with “daily struggle!”? No, I think it’s gr...
…DAILY STRUGGLE! Argh! I mean it always makes me smile, so it’s not annoying.
Have you ever driven a tractor? No. Jack has though. He loves it.
Have you ever driven anything heavier or more complicated than a small bus? No. I tried to join the RAF cadets at school so I could fly a plane, but then I realised you had to do all the other cadet stuff like training before they let you in a plane. Then you’re roped in – for life!
You speak Russian and Italian. Which is best: Russia or Italy? Russia’s amazing and very strange. Italy is best for holidays. Working in Italy can be quite hard because they don’t have schedules – we arrive at TV shows and they’re like, “We’re not sure when you’re on, could be in a minute, could be an hour.” We were on their equivalent of The Voice and the timing was determined by whenever the judge decided the time was right. We waited five hours!
What is your most memorable place? Probably the hostel I lived in when I was studying cello in Moscow. It was an old Stalinist building that was falling apart, and everyone from the course lived there.
What was the name of your first pet? I had two – Angel and Shane. They were cats. We named them after a couple in Home And Away.
What’s your mother’s maiden name? Is this a trick?
Just getting you through interview security. There’s a clip online of Swedish pop star] Zara Larsson falling off a chair during a radio session with you. What’s it like to be close to a pop star falling off a chair? It was quite scary. It was about six in the morning, we’d just woken up. She’s so tiny though, I wasn’t worried that she’d hurt herself. She seemed fine when she got up.
Has your Walmart chariot arrived yet? I’ve just seen someone on one – I’ll try and find one. Do you really want me to get in one?
Yes. What are you doing in 20 minutes’ time? Hopefully we’ll just be arriving at the venue in Austin. Then we’ll all workout together on the dancefloor. We do that every day – it’s an hour of cardio.
Well, as the old saying goes: the band that works out together, stays together. Anything to add? I don’t think so at this stage. Bye for now!
“WE NAMED OUR CATS ANGEL AND SHANE AFTER A COUPLE IN HOME AND AWAY.”
Afterone’s owncart: ona Walma Chatto rt chariot mobilit , y somew herein deepes t Texas. Clean Bandit’s Grace Chatto: she’d shrunk in the wash.