Saturday, April 23, 2016
Clean Bandit Working with Elton, Elton to Attend Kenyan Elephant Talks?
The collaboration came about after last year's Ivor Novello awards, where the group won two prizes.
"We actually met Elton John at that show, and we've since been doing stuff with him, which has been crazy," said saxophone player Jack Patterson.
"Grace [Chatto] wandered over to him, we were having a chat and the next thing we were in the studio."
"It was very surreal. A very odd day. He's very cheeky," Patterson added.
Sir Elton will reconvene with the band "next month" to finish their collaboration, Patterson said.
It is not the star's first dalliance with a dance act. In 2012, he released a remix album, Good Morning To The Night, with Australian producers Pnau.
"I love electronic music," he told the BBC at the time. "I love it to death - but I'm a Luddite and I don't know how to make electronic music."
Sir Elton's collaboration with Clean Bandit will feature on the Cambridge-based band's second album, which is due in 2017, and Patterson hinted he was not the only A-list star on the record.
"It's a vocal album and we don't have a singer, so all of the tracks will essentially be a collaboration of some sorts," he said.
"It's like a dream come true to work with some of the people we have been [in the studio] with.
"There are some big names but my manager's just told me not to mention any!"
Pressed for more details, he said that on a fame scale of 1 to 10, "some are a 10," but refused to go any further.
"It's not Rihanna. It's not Beyonce. I'm not allowed to say. My manager would be so upset."
The 2015 Ivor Novello Awards saw Clean Bandit win best contemporary song and most performed work for their number one hit Rather Be; while Sir Elton was there to induct Annie Lennox to the fellowship of the British Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (Basca).
Patterson will also attend the 2016 ceremony, after receiving a nomination for best song for his work on Jess Glynne's single Hold My Hand.
A star-studded line-up of Hollywood celebrities are expected at an anti-poaching summit in Kenya where 105 tonnes of elephant tusks and rhino horns will be torched.
Kenya has suggested Leonardo DiCaprio, Nicole Kidman, Elton John and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will attend, but there has been no formal confirmation of guests.
Other big names include conservation icon and BBC legend David Attenborough, and former basketball star Yao Ming, who has led campaigns in his homeland of China to raise awareness of the damage elephant poaching causes.
Kenya Wildlife Service director General Kitili Mbathi said the ivory will be set on fire 'in protest at the continued slaughter of the country's most iconic species.'
Wildlife officers started stacking 105 tons of ivory and one ton of rhino horns on Wednesday.
Workers carried the tusks through the mud on to around 12 metal structures built specifically for burning the ivory and other confiscated endangered materials.
There is a threat of elephants becoming extinct in the next 50 years mainly because of poaching bankrolled by the illegal trade in ivory, which is why there is need for dramatic action, said Kenya Wildlife Service director Kitili Mbathi.
Proponents of the trade in ivory say that rather than destroy it, the sale of ivory stockpiles could fund conservation efforts.
Kenya has consistently opposed the trade in ivory, saying it would encourage the poaching that has decimated the elephant and rhino populations.
Patrick Omondi, deputy director of the Kenya Wildlife Service, said: 'We strongly believe elephant (ivory) has more value on a living elephant than outside it because humankind can do without ivory.
'They can do without it, it is not medicine, they use it for bangles. You kill (an elephant of) seven tons to make a bangle, it is madness.'
More than 30,000 elephants are killed for their ivory every year in Africa to satisfy demand in Asia.
- Daily Mail