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.facebook.com/ thecarvettis Twitter: @thecarvettis or www.Twitter.com/ 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