How did the band come to be?
Karlo: 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 player! Mark: Karl and I have been friends for a long time and we have always tried to create a band. before we played hardcore in two bands. Diego joined on drums through mutual friendships. First I played the guitar, then I went to the bass. Francesco joined the solo guitar later but I have always considered him a member of the band. He has always helped us in live and recording. I've always hoped it would sound fixed with us and now here we are! Fra: I’m the last one who joined the band. BlackLava is a project born in 2014 and I engineered almost every song of the band! In 2018 I became the 4th member!
Do you have any releases coming up in the new year?
Karlo: 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! In the upcoming months we will release a remix of our song “Bones”!
What is something you want listeners to take away from your music?
We want the listener to have fun, to dance, to feel the energy!
What is your writing process like?
Karlo: 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 to various bands and in some of these everything was decided together. For me it is something that does not work! there must be someone more influential. I always try to listen to everyone's opinions and understand what's best for the group! Mark: Karl usually writes the main riff and the vocal melody. The piece takes shape together in the rehearsal room without impositions. In my opinion this formula works well. Diego: Karlo composes and writes the pieces. We all participate actively in the project thanks to a strong motivation
Fra: About writing music, karlo always comes with the main melody and the rhythm or the guitar riff. During the rehearsals we find together all the necessary arrangements, then I take care about the final touches, recordings and mixing stuff. Everyone has their own tasks in the band: Mark cares about booking, Diego cares about some graphics, Karlo writes songs and cares about socials and talks contacts with our new label (Frozen Heart) then I take care about all the tech stuff and help Karlo with socials. If someone proposes some ideas, we will discuss it as soon as possible, even if the last word comes from Karlo, whatsapp chats helps a lot for this!!!
To follow up with the last question, what inspires your sound?
Karlo: in 2014 we started playing stoner / rock / metal! After a year I discovered a group that inspired me a lot: Royal Blood! The bass played with the octaver! This inspiration contaminated the group up to what we play now! powerful rock with octaver and vintage influences
Any tours coming up soon?
We hope that the COVID-19 situation will be resolved soon! it's a very difficult time for the art world! We had two dates but they have been canceled for precautionary reasons. It all seems quite extreme! the artist has always been a job that allows you to keep working! we want to hug all the people who are experiencing a difficult artistic and economic moment!
Anything you would like to tell our readers?
Thank you Black Serpent and your readers! you can find us here on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblacklava/ on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/the_blacklava/ thank you and see you on stage!