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May 11, 2020
Cheap Cuts
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With the ethos of the pop art movement, Cheap Cuts are an electronic, shapeshifting, concept led, rolling creative project harking back to the big-beat genre. Cheap Cuts are comprised of multi-platinum selling writer, producer Jonny Harris and critically acclaimed writer, producer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Leonard.

Cheap Cuts were formed last year when Jonny and Jack came together on a very special project. Working from the Cheap Cuts Corp at The Ghost House on Butchers Lane in London, the pair quickly wrote first single Check Your Phone. What started as a social commentary about phone addiction and a typical day in the life of almost everyone with a phone, quickly evolved into a global phenomenon. After asking the question, “what’s check your phone in Korean?”, the pair realised that the song is the same in every language, it’s part of a greater concept. Borderless. They made a British version. A French version. A Korean version. The song caught the attention of Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz who reimagined the lyrics and wrote the lead version. The fast paced, spoken word narration unintentionally captures the zeitgeist of the 21st century.

Cheap Cuts are as exciting as they are hard to label. In a world filled with one dimensional acts, Cheap Cuts take their inspiration from the limitless possibilities around them and are keen to incorporate everything into their art, not allowing themselves to be limited by genre or medium. The core of Cheap Cuts is Jack and Jonny, but not wishing to only use their impressive talents in the creation of their art, they live to collaborate with a whole family of other skilled artists from all areas of the creative spectrum. They have the same view of their work too, not wanting to limit themselves to being purely a musical act, Cheap Cuts want to explore what it means to be an artist in 2020. Drawing influence from the likes of Gorillaz, Basement Jaxx, The Velvet Underground and LCD Soundsystem, and using any medium available to them, Cheap Cuts are going to be an exciting movement you will not want to miss out on.

In addition to Cheap Cuts, Jonny and Jack have thriving careers as songwriters and producers. Jonny scored a number 1 with Rudimental Waiting All Night which won the Brit award for best single. Since, he has written Rudimental’s Lay It All On Me ft. Ed Sheeran and several UK top 20 hits with artists ranging from Paloma Faith to Foxes and Rag’N’Bone Man. Jonny also worked on Zedd’s Clarity which went onto win a Grammy for Best Recording. Jack is a highly sought after producer and composer. He was a member of UNKLE, writing and producing two studio albums for the project and collaborating with the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Mick Jones and Michael Kiwanuka. Under the UNKLE banner Jack scored the soundtrack to Danny Boyle’s TV series Trust, and toured as the bands singer and lead guitarist.