While Chase and Status have long been a favourite amongst the student generation over the last few years, not many could have predicted that that duo will have swapped the studio for the classroom at any point.
Amongst all the work for their next studio album, Chase and Status have announced that they’re opening a government backed free school in East London. The school will separate itself from mainstream education by teaching aspiring 16-19 year olds the art of dubstep and music technology alongside traditional subjects like Maths and English.
Free Schools are state-funded and are set up independently by community figureheads who wish to make first-hand changes to improve what they feel is needed in state education. The Free Schools program has also attracted attention from companies and charities looking to launch their own place of learning.
Will Kennard, or Chase as he’s now come to better known, has a brother who teaches at North Trafford College in Manchester and has cited this as a big inspiration for the project.
He said: “I came across some incredibly talented kids who did not know how good they were at music. They did not really progress to the next level and realise their ambitions. These kids were probably more talented than I was, yet here I am succeeding in the music industry. Why aren’t they?”
Whether this leads to an A-Level in ‘Dubstep & Raves’ we’re not yet sure.