Fresh off some pretty killer support shows with the Stockport lads, Blossoms and just about to dive into a headline show and then set at Reading + Leeds fest, Dantevilles are a band that you need to get to know ASAP.
Hi Dantevilles! Tell us a bit about yourselves, how did you all get together?
Paul and Jamie were living and making music together in Manchester. Connor, who was an old school friend of Jamie’s also happened to be looking to start a band at the same time and it wasn’t long before he moved in. We were put in touch with Cory via a guy called Pete Eastwood who does a huge amount of music event organising in the North-west. It didn’t take long before we realised we worked well as a band and 3 months later played our first gig in October 2014.
Coming from the incredibly musical north, do you think this influenced you and your musical style?
I think it most certainly has although we see lots of bands trying to replicate something that has already happened – which is fine, but we try to make this less obvious and also draw influence from further afield. Having all grown up listening to a lot of Manchester bands, we definitely hear this in our music. We recently had a review saying ‘Part Beach Boys, part northern terrace chant’ which we thought was very fitting.
You were recently picked as Huw Stephens Tip Of The Week, how did that feel?
We were honoured when we heard the news, especially as Radio 1 was always a major goal for us. As a result of this we were played on most of the BBC Introducing Shows which was top as we’ve had so much support from BBC Intro Manchester this year – so thank you to them!
You’ve recently supported the mighty Blossoms live, tell us a bit about how that came about?
It all started back in winter when Tom Ogden from Blossoms caught our set in Manchester one night and was a fan. We’ve since kept in contact, released a few more tunes and gone to each other’s shows. About three weeks before their Album launch gigs Jamie received an call from Tom asking if we would like to support them – we agreed! They’ve done so much to help us along the way and we’re dead grateful for it!
Are you close friends with the lads, they’ve just done massively well obviously with their number one album, are you hoping to follow in their footsteps?
Supporting them on 3 dates in close succession meant we got to know them pretty well – sound lads. That’s the dream, in the meantime we just need to keep our heads down continue to focus on writing and playing well, the rest is just a by-product.
Things are getting exciting for you, with a headline show at Night & Day in Manchester coming up, have you got anything special planned for it?
We are dead excited for this Saturday’s show and there are some great bands on too. It’s looking like it’s going to be rammed. We played our first gig there too so it has a sentimentality to it!
You have a performance at Leeds festival the very next day as well, how does it feel to be on the line up for such a big festival?
Well its definitely the biggest Festival we’ve ever been part of so feels like we are upping our game. Some of us grew up going to Leeds Fest too so it’s quite personal too. Can’t wait! It’s going to be pretty funny turning up on Sunday morning fresh as a daisy while everyone else will be 3 days-in!
What’s next post festival season for Dantevilles?
We’ve just released an new single and video ‘Perfect Place’ so have a few more gigs off the back of that. In Autumn we have a new single on the way called ‘Graffiti’ so watch this space!