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Chase & Status: 'Music school is not fast-track to fame'

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Nov 07, 2013 | 9:12am EST

Electronic music stars Chase & Status have denied accusations the free school for musicians they are setting up in their native U.K. is an academy of fame. The dance duo is preparing to launch the East London Arts & Music (ELAM) school, where youngsters aged 16 to 19 can train in music technology, business and performance alongside regular subjects such as maths and English. They have now spoken out to address accusations they are creating an X Factor-style institution to tutor kids on a fast-track to stardom, insisting the claims are unfair. Musician Will Kennard tells NME magazine, "There's a misconception that we're trying to promote a sort of Fame Academy, but ELAM isn't about how to be a pop star. Even being incredible on a mixing desk is not enough to get you a career in music - you need the professional expertise too." ELAM is being backed by the prestigious Brit School, which counts Amy Winehouse and Adele among its former students.

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