#43 Black Lodge – Johnny Royal and Nero Bellum

Johnny Royal is a good friend of mine from college, and I wanted to reach out to him and Nero in Hollywood, California to see how his band Black Lodge is doing out there, and how the music scene compares to Pittsburgh. We had an awesome conversation about what inspired them to get into music, their new production studio (Which looks so boss), and what is in store next for their band.  Tune in and check them out at Black Lodge.  Follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Nero Bellum: Synth/Bass
Raanen Bozzio: Drums
Johnny Royal: Guitars
Daniel Sahagun: Vocals

“Black Lodge is an electronic rock band from Los Angeles, CA consisting of Daniel Sahagún on vocals, Johnny Royal on guitar, Nero Bellum on bass/synth, and Raanen Bozzio, the son of legendary musician Terry Bozzio, on drums.

The band has been writing and recording their debut full-length album at The Realm Studios in Los Angeles with Lee Miles (Rise Against) producing, Johnny Royal and Daniel Sahagún co-producing, engineering and additional co-production by Matt Dougherty (Pop Evil), and Sean Beavan (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson) mixing.

Black Lodge’s debut full-length album features 10 tracks, including “Thoughts”, which was recently premiered with LA Weekly prior to their sold-out headlining show at The Viper Room in Hollywood and the acoustic track “XIII”. The ballad co-written with Lee Miles and Jeordie White (Twiggy Ramirez of Marilyn Manson) serves as a tribute to their late bass player Ventura XIII (Ventura Sergio Bañuelos). On April 29th, 2014 during the writing sessions for this album, Ventura Bañuelos was killed in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles, CA.

In October of 2013, Black Lodge released their debut EP, produced by Lee Miles and Jeordie White, with co-production by Sean Beavan, Johnny Royal, and Zach Webb, mixing by Sean Beavan, and mastering by Paul Logus. The Black Lodge self-titled debut EP was written and recorded at The Realm Studios in Los Angeles, CA.”

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