Clean Bandit's Neil Amin-Smith quits band

19th Oct 16 | Entertainment News

Clean Bandit's violin player Neil Amin-Smith has quit the band.

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The British four piece, who scooped a Grammy Award in 2015 for their hit track Rather Be, dropped down to a trio after Neil made the bombshell announcement on Wednesday (19Oct16). The British group formed in 2009 after members Jack, Grace and Milan met during their degree courses at the University Of Cambridge. Both Grace and Neil were part of a string quartet at the time and eventually the band was formed alongside drummer Luke.

The musician, who also goes by the name Neil Milan, tweeted to his followers "hello everyone, I've decided to leave clean bandit. Here is a little thing I wrote, thankyou for everything" along with a photo of a longer message.

"It was a decision that took me a very long time to reach but it is the right one," he posted.

Neil thanked the group's fans, adding, "Your support for the music and just for me more generally is one of the most insane and amazing things I have ever experienced."

And he goes on to praise tour managers, crew and musicians he worked with before thanking his friends, including ex-boyfriend and Years and Years singer Olly Alexander.

While he doesn't reference bandmates Jack Patterson, Luke Patterson and Grace Chatto personally in the message, he does wish them well before signing off.

"I wish Clean Bandit the best of luck even though I'm sure they won't need it, here's to all our futures," he concluded.

The rest of the group who recently worked with Elton John on their upcoming second album, took to social media to confirm the news.

"It is with great sadness that we must announce that our performances of Tears over the Summer were Neil's last shows with Clean Bandit. He told us recently that he has decided to leave. We have had a wonderful ride together and we are extremely excited to see what he does next," they wrote.

"Thank you all for your support during this time, and thank you Neil for being part of this amazing journey. We will miss you a lot on this next chapter and we wish you the best of luck for the future."

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