Mozart's House

Album: New Eyes (2013)
Charted: 17

Songfacts®:

  • The middle part of this song samples Mozart's "The String Quartet No. 21 in D Major," which is nicknamed "The Violet." The quartet was written for and dedicated to the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II, who was an amateur cellist. Mozart and his friend Karl Lichnowsky met the king in Potsdam in April 1789 and played before the king the following month in Berlin.
  • The vocalist is Ssegawa-Ssekintu "Love Ssega" Kiwanuka. Born to Ugandan parents, and schooled in Croydon, the sometime Clean Bandit frontman received a Full Blue in Boxing, the highest sporting honour at Cambridge University where the group met. Love Ssega's CV also includes being made the youngest-ever nominee at the global Institution of Chemical Engineers Awards.
  • The oldest song on New Eyes, this was written by Clean Bandit in Moscow in 2008. They recalled to HMV.com: "It was when we were playing a lot of classical music in our string quartet but also living above a kiosk that pumped out Russian house music 24/7."
  • Clean Bandit's Jack Patterson told The Sun about the music clip: "Love Ssega came to visit us on holiday and we made the video there as a kind of drunken experiment with some Russian cinematographer babes."
  • Clean Bandit's Grace Chatto once taught cello at a London music school. Unfortunately she lost her position after the school authorities got wind of the video for this song, in which we briefly see Chatto covering her bare chest with a violin.
  • This was the first time that Clean Bandit mixed Classical and Dance sounds. "Before that, the tracks were more Hip-Hop based with Hip-Hop instrumentals," violinist Neil Amin-Smith told Radio.com. "'Mozart's House' was the first foray into dance music that's now what we do."

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