Big Time Beckons for Rob and His Band
When it comes to music,
26-year-old Rob Harrison (pictured above) is hitting all the right notes
on a path to rock stardom.
Rob, who was born in
Norwich and moved to Hethersett with his family when he was just five
years old, is rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist with a four piece
London-based group that was acclaimed the best unsigned band at the Music
Live 2007 event at Birmingham’s NEC arena. The competition was sponsored
by Vox Amps and Total Guitar Magazine
Carlotti have been
together for about 18 months and at present play mostly around the London
circuit, although they are hoping to undertake an independent UK tour in
the New Year.
Rob, who goes by
the first name of Bobby when playing with the band, is a founder member of
Carlotti. There is nothing greatly significant in the band’s name as he
found the name after seeing it on the back of someone's jumper when I was
walking through Camden. It turns out Carlotti is a sports brand who
sponsor football teams, one of which is Scunthorpe United. Our singer
supports them but we didn’t know that at the time.”
the competition at Birmingham could be just the break that Carlotti have
been looking for:
received an e-mail looking for bands to enter the Vox unsigned 2007
competition. We sent in a clip of ourselves playing live and then got
invited along to the event. It’s the biggest music exhibition in Europe
and we played on the main stage in an arena that holds 1,600 people.”
of the judges was Steve Craddock of chart topping Birmingham band Ocean
Colour Scene. Carlotti’s prize was a new Vox Amp and a day’s all
expenses recording session at the famous Toerag Studios where the White
Stripes and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have both recorded albums.
Winning the competition
is only the start for Rob and Carlotti, however. They are currently
practicing hard and have had one of their songs played on XFM Radio in
London. They also have their own section on the My Space web site where
they have included a number of tracks and videos.
XFM described their music
as “Oasis like singalongs with Libertine like guitars” and the music
website Aloud.com described them as “Honest British rock and roll for
“We have appeared in
The Fly magazine under the names to watch section. We have a music lawyer
looking after us and she is helping us to find a manager and possibly a
publishing and record deal,” Rob said adding that Carlotti’s music is
a mix of rock n’ roll, blues, punk and folk.
“Our fan base has built
up after playing gigs in pretty much every London venue, beginning with
our friends and families in dank Camden backrooms, and going right through
to Gibson showcases in Mayfair and gigs at the likes of Birmingham NEC,
Turnmills, The Isle of Wight Festival, V Festival, Dublin Castle and many
other large music venues around the UK.”
When not on stage Rob is
a runner with Virgin Radio and that has brought him into contact with the
likes of Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart who have both received copies of the
band’s demo tape.
“As a runner I
generally work all round the station on different shows, helping collect
audio clips and looking after important guests.
I would like to progress into different parts of the company like
programming or the more technical side of production,” he said.
Rob was born in
Hethersett and attended Woodside First School, Hethersett Middle School
and Hethersett High School before moving to Norwich City College and
London Metropolitan University where he studied music and Media
Management. He has lived in London since 2001. He only took up the guitar
about two years ago and Carlotti is his first real band outside of what he
describes as “bedroom bands that weren’t really serious.”
During his time in the
Hethersett, Rob was also an accomplished footballer, playing regularly for
a number of village youth teams. His parents – Ian and June – live in
Wymondham and June is a well known local soprano, proving that music runs
in the family.
The Carlotti web site is