Motorbikes, making music and mental health

9 November 2023

You might not think there’s a link between motorcycle repairs, mental health and making music, but one local businessman has created one. 

Damian Manville owns Rock & Roll Motorcycle on Skipton Road in Colne, turning a life-long passion of motorbikes into a successful service, maintenance and customisation business. However, he’s gone above and beyond with customer service, drawing upon his own experience of depression and anxiety. 

“I always try to look after the people who come here. With experiencing some anxiety and depression problems myself, I’m always interested in helping and talking to people who may have the same issues,” Damian explains. 

Mental health is often tough to talk about, and statistically especially among men, and it’s something Damian is passionate about – along with making music. 

“The business name comes from the fact that I am a musician as well as a biker and I was professional in the 90s with the local band Syndicate – I sang and played the guitar. I’ve also been in the bands Uncowboy and 12 Susans and currently play with Sausage Company. 

“I intend to turn part of my premises into a recording studio, both for my band but also other bands when the motorbiking calender is quieter. I’ve even thought about selling selected vinyls from my shop too, thus mixing the whole Rock & Roll ethos of music and metal,” Damian states. 

When it comes to supporting other local businesses, the list is a long one. Razamataz on Derby Street in Colne sells licensed music merchandise and has created Damian’s t-shirts and merchandise for his own and favourite bands over the years. Butler Sheetmetal in Colne assist Damian with an metalwork issues he has when servicing and repairing motorbikes, whilst “a lot of money has been spent” at A1 Motorstores; “I think Live Like the Boy is an interesting place too”.

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