Artist Spotlight – The Blacklava

Band nameThe Blacklava
MembersKarlo (Voice and Guitar)
Mark (Bass)
Fra (Guitar)
Diego (Drums)
LocationTurin, Italy
Similar ArtistsRoyal Blood, Black Stone Cherry, Greta Van Fleet, Black Country Communion
First release“Sweat Meat” (Ep, 2016)
LinksFacebook | Spotify | YouTube
The Music Addict’s VerdictFantastic retro rock from Italy, blending the best of the 70’s and the 90’s.
The BlackLava

How was the band formed?  

Karl: We come from other bands and we already knew each other. I knew Mark because we had played together at a festival and then we became friends and I knew Fra because he played in a cool band and then we also became work colleagues. Diego became a member of Blacklava because he knew the former bass

What’s your songwriting process like?   

Karl: I usually come up with an idea or main riff. Then in our rehearsal room I make it heard to everyone and then we play on it. After we have gained confidence, I throw random words to create a vocal line and if everyone likes the piece then we define the structure. I have been in various bands and in some of these everything was decided together. For me it is something that does not work!

What are your influences?

Karl:it’s hard to tell everyone’s influences! each of us listens to different genres of music. Everyone loves the New Vintage rock landscape (Royal Blood, Rival Sons, Greta Van Fleet). Mark and Fra and I come from experiences in hardcore and post-hardcore bands and Diego comes from Punk bands.

How would you describe your music?  

Fra: Alternative rock with some vintage bluesy influences

What’s the one thing that makes you/your band stand out from the rest?  

Karl: That we are a band! We are not built and we love being together and having fun together. There was no date when we weren’t having fun. When we go to the clubs, most of the groups are sad and it doesn’t seem to me that they enjoy each other! When you understand that after all, the only thing is to feel good, then you
can have fun even if the musical evening did not go well, if they don’t pay you or if you don’t get the much desired success!

What’s your latest release?  

Karl: Within 5 months we released 3 songs. in September “Devil inside me”, in November “Drunk Like Joe Cocker” and in late January “Woman”! Our latest release is ‘Woman’: it has a vintage Zeppelin-like flavor! It is a song that you can dance, sing and in the end you can discharge all your energy! A video will also be released soon.

What are your touring plans for the next few months?

Karl: We will play in some places in Turin, both acoustically and electrically, and we hope to play in Germany as soon as possible!

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