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Name: The Carvetti’s. Who are the band mem­bers and what do you play? Dy­lan Ben­nett – lead vo­cals; Jay Clarke – rhythm gui­tar/vo­cals; Danny Green­halgh – lead gui­tar; Liam Macdon­ald – bass gui­tar/vo­cals; Jake Cun­ning­ham – drums. When did you form the band? Jan­uary 2014. Did you per­form in any bands be­fore this one? Jay Clarke – Tak­ing Lib­er­ties. Dy­lan Ben­nett – Ser­vice Of A Vil­lain. Jake Cun­ning­ham – Skinny Pigs. We all also per­formed un­der the hugely orig­i­nal name Em­pire! What were your rea­sons be­hind choos­ing this name? Ini­tially we started off un­der the name Em­pire!

But after gain­ing zero recog­ni­tion un­der this name due to the fact there are around 157,853 bands un­der the same name and in or­der to find us you would had to search through to page 1,675,678,956 of Google we de­cided a new, more fit­ting and orig­i­nal name was needed.

After a few slightly ridicu­lous names came out, in­clud­ing The Steeps and Rise, we de­cided to try some more ob­scure names in­clud­ing Bri­tish tribes.

The main name which caught our at­ten­tion was The Carvetii tribe – ‘Iron Age peo­ple of Ro­man Bri­tain liv­ing in north west Eng­land’... fit­ting for a rock band from the north west look­ing to take over the world of mu­sic!

A quick let­ter re­arrange­ment to avoid copy­right and Google search is­sues and you can now find us at the top of page one via Google and all lead­ing search en­gines. Where has your favourite gig been? Over the last year we have played some great gigs but one of the high­lights has to be our first gig at The Box, Crewe – huge crowd turn out, great small venue and we re­ceived an amaz­ing re­sponse from the crowd.

Another bril­liant high­light of the year was the Winterfest per­for­mance in the cen­tre of Mac­cles­field. It was great to see the com­mu­nity come to­gether to support the lo­cal tal­ent and also an ex­pe­ri­ence play­ing our first out­door per­for­mance. What is the best thing about Mac­cles­field? We would say the best thing about Mac­cles­field is the amount of venues that have been putting on gigs weekly, help­ing un­signed acts get no­ticed reg­u­larly.

There is also a lot of support from pro­mot­ers such as Mike Chisholm, Rus­sell Hope and Trans­mis­sionX FM Ra­dio who reg­u­larly put on gigs in Mac­cles­field and pro­mote bands as much as they can. What is the worst thing about Mac­cles­field? Over­all Mac­cles­field is great for mu­sic but there is of­ten the ten­dency for peo­ple to choose a night of chart mu­sic and overly priced drinks than to start their night at a po­ten­tially qual­ity/free gig! Where is your favourite place in Mac­cles­field? We would say the best all-round place in Mac­cles­field has to be The Swan With Two Necks. Great gig nights, qual­ity at­mos­phere, top staff and man­age­ment and just an over­all great place to play. Who are your main mu­si­cal in­flu­ences? As you can prob­a­bly tell by our mu­sic – es­pe­cially our sin­gle Killing Time avail­able on iTunes etc – our main in­flu­ences in­clude The Verve, Oa­sis, Joy Di­vi­sion, Arc­tic Mon­keys and Stone Roses. Other in­flu­ences in­clude, The Who, Sixto Ro­driguez, The Cour­teen­ers and David Bowie. What’s the fun­ni­est or most mem­o­rable thing that’s hap­pened while you’ve been play­ing – or what’s the most mem­o­rable thing you have done? We had a very mem­o­rable/ funny, re­cent mo­ment dur­ing a gig in Sal­ford.

Mid-set, Jay re­ceived a ‘mi­nor’ cut to the fin­ger. Due to adren­a­line and com­mit­ment to carry on the cut wors­ened, re­sult­ing in a blood-stained gui­tar and a rock ‘n’ roll look­ing gig photo!

Another mem­o­rable, slightly less rock ‘n’ roll mo­ment came at a venue in Manch­ester – we will keep the name anony­mous to avoid le­gal is­sues. Upon ar­rival we were of­fered free drinks and en­cour­aged to jump on the ta­bles and dance along to the open­ing acts. Not want­ing to dis­ap­point, we went along with it.

After play­ing a top set and get­ting the crowd pumped up for the next act we were turned away from the venue. Ap­par­ently it was un­ac­cept­able to dance on the ta­bles and drink prior to the gig. No pay­ment, stranded in Manch­ester, let’s just say we won’t be play­ing that venue again! If you could per­form for any­one who would you per­form for? Dy­lan: David Gil­mour – Pink Floyd. Be­cause his mu­sic has in­spired me for­ever so I would like the chance to re­turn the favour if pos­si­ble.

Danny: Ian Brown of the Stone Roses, be­cause he’s an idol of mine and a true Red!

Liam: Dave Grohl of the Foo Fight­ers, be­cause he is one of the most tal­ented mu­si­cians on the planet and would ap­pre­ci­ate the dif­fer­ent as­pects of our mu­sic.

Jake: ‘Un­cle’ Liam, of Oa­sis – he’s been an idol of mine since I first started lis­ten­ing to mu­sic and I think our sound would be some­thing he’d ap­pre­ci­ate.

Jay: Kim Jong Un...... Who do you like lis­ten­ing to? Be­fore a gig we usu­ally have a rit­ual of lis­ten­ing to Def­i­nitely Maybe by Oa­sis... Sim­ply be­cause it’s one of the great­est rock al­bums of the last 25 years and it makes us re­alise why we want to make it in the mu­sic in­dus­try. What are you look­ing for­ward to do­ing this year? So far we have another week of record­ing to look for­ward to so some new ma­te­rial and sin­gles to be re­leased!

We have also re­cently signed to a pub­lish­ing company which means we can fi­nally re­ceive recog­ni­tion for our ef­forts and hard work.

The main thing we want to achieve this year is some fes­ti­val per­for­mances and to get gigs out­side of the north west. If you could pick a place to per­form where would it be and why? After ven­tur­ing to Spain last year to try out Beni­cas­sim Fes­ti­val we can eas­ily say that is one of the key places we are work­ing to­wards play­ing sim­ply be­cause it’s a fes­ti­val in the Span­ish sun! And the at­mos­phere was ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble. Where can we find out more about you? At www.face­ the­carvet­tis Twit­ter: @the­carvet­tis or www.Twit­ the­carvet­tis YouTube: The Carvetti’s – Here Tonight

The sin­gle Killing Time is avail­able to buy on iTunes, Ama­zon, Google Play and Spo­tify.


●● Mac­cles­field band The Carvetti’s dur­ing a video shoot for their sin­gle ‘Here Tonight’. From left, Jay Clarke, Liam Macdon­ald, Dy­lan Ben­nett, Jake Cun­ning­ham and Danny Green­halgh

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