The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are an ensemble consisting of pipers, guitarists, keyboards and drummers formed in Scotland in 2002. They entered and won the BBC talent show When Will I Be Famous? Their name is a play on the American rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
In 2004, the group appeared on the main stage at T in the Park with the headline band, the rock group The Darkness. They appeared on BBC Radio 1 on the Greg James show in July 2013 and The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw in 2014
The band currently has Steven Graham – a seven time world champion snare drummer. Three members graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. The group is in much demand performing all over the world from the USA to China at significant events and festivals.
Since their formation the Red Hot Chilli Pipers have combined guitars, keyboards, drums and their rocked up bagpipes to create 'bagrock' sound. The Red Hot Chilli Pipers are one of the country's most exciting acts, winning praises from audiences across the globe with their showmanship and trademark fusion of traditional pipe tunes and contemporary pieces. The band covers others' songs, adding their own unique bagrock spin. Notable examples include "We Will Rock You" by Queen, "Clocks" by Coldplay and "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple.
The band has released 5 studio albums as of 2013, of which their first, their 2005 release The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, was the least successful. Their 2007 album Bagrock to the Masses went platinum in Scotland and silver in Great Britain. Their third album and first live album, Blast Live (2008), went triple platinum in Scotland. Their fourth release Music for the Kilted Generation, however, is The Red Hot Chilli Pipers' best International record, reaching Number 2 on the US Amazon Chart. and was only held off of top spot due to Adele's record-breaking album, 21. The band was hailed by respected figures, including the five time World Champion Pipe Major of the Shotts and Dykehead Pipe Band Robert Mathieson, in the bagpiping world for their part in increasing the popularity of bagpipes.
Their album titled Music for the Kilted Generation, is a parody of Music for the Jilted Generation by The Prodigy.
The band signed a contract in December 2012 for a new album to be released in 2013, including tracks from bands like Coldplay and Journey. Breathe was released in July 2013 on CD and iTunes.