Meaning of “Solo” by Clean Bandit (Ft. Demi Lovato)

“Solo” is a song by the Grammy Award-winning English EDM band Clean Bandit. The track features American singer/songwriter Demi Lovato on vocals. The lyrics of “Solo” see Lovato singing about her woes of living without a lover. The song centers on being single after the demise of a romantic relationship and trying to have a positive view of oneself and be confident and feel worthy despite the heartbreak caused by the breakup.

In an interview that Grace Chatto of Clean Bandit had with the British magazine OK, the singer said of “Solo” as a song that not only deals with the issue of missing one’s ex lover but it is also about finding the strength that lies within you and promising yourself that you are going “to be on your own” in spite of the sorrow. Chatto called the song one that she felt was “quite empowering”.

Lyrics of "Solo"

The lyrics of “Solo” are autobiographical

In another interview Chatto had with another British publication the London Evening Standard, she revealed to her fans that the song’s lyrics are autobiographical. According to her, the lyrics are based on the sadness she felt after she split from a significant other.

Facts about “Solo”

  • “Solo” was written by b approximately 5 songwriters, including Grace Chatto and Demi Lovato. The others are: English multiple award-winning singer/songwriter Camille Purcell, Jack Patterson of Clean Bandit and British songwriter/producer Fred Gibson.
  • The production of the piece was handled by noted English record producer Mark Ralph and all the song’s writers with the exception of Purcell and Lovato.
  • “Solo” officially came out on May 18th, 2018.
  • Since Clean Bandit and Lovato were unable to meet physically to record the track, they did it via FaceTime. Despite Lovato being in the United States and Clean Bandit being in the UK, the recording was able to take place thanks to FaceTime.
  • Besides Lovato’s voice, there is another female voice on the track. That is the voice of the song’s co-writer Camille Purcell.
  • No member of Clean Bandit sings on this track.
  • Having reached the number 1 spot on the UK Singles Chart, “Solo” became Clean Bandit’s 4th single to reach number 1 in the United Kingdom. Owing to the song peaking at number 1 in the UK, Lovato got her first number 1 song in that country. Aside the United Kingdom, the song also reached number 1 in many countries, including Austria, Germany, Russia, Finland and Ireland. It also entered the top 10 in several countries across the world. On the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, “Solo” crawled to the number 58 position.
  • The music video of “Solo” stars all members of the band. It also stars Lovato.


Below is Clean Bandit performing “Solo” live with Demi Lovato at Capital FM’s 2018 Summertime Ball in London:


Few weeks after the above live performance, Lovato almost lost her life after an apparent drug overdose.  The sad incident occurred on July 24, 2018 at her home in Los Angeles.

11 Responses

  1. X says:

    Is she really saying that she wants to engage in bedroom fun, but he is not there? This is what I hear.

  2. :(nobody:) says:

    she does it “solo” and guys can’t turn her on anymore :(nobody:)

  3. XYZ says:

    Its about mastu***tion guys

  4. Glen says:

    It’s about ringing the devils doorbell – it’s obvious

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