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Black Lodge
BornDaniel Dwayre
Newhey, Greater Manchester, England
Salford, Greater Manchester, England2022
🏳️ NationalityBritish
🏫 EducationRochdale College of Art
🎓 Alma materFree International University
💼 Occupation
MovementCounterculture, graffiti, electronica
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Dan Dwayre (1970's–2022), known as Black Lodge (or alternatively Daniel 72) was a visual artist, graffiti writer, DJ-producer and self-described Northern mystic[1] known for being an early adopter of UK garage in Manchester.


Dwayre spent his early life in the former-industrial village of Newhey, Greater Manchester.[1] He attended the Rochdale College of Art where he was encouraged by a lecturer to travel to Germany to attend Joseph Beuys' Free International University.[2]

At the age of nineteen Dwayre began to make music as a more affordable alternative to the video editing and production he had initially been interested in.[2] Appearing under the name Black Lodge, Dwayre was known to use a human skull as a prop during his live performances and expressed an interest in Satanism and the occult.[2]

Citing William S. Burroughs as an influence, Dwayre was a visual artist whose range extended from collage to graffiti.[1] Dwayre produced the cover art for the Autechre album Incunabula.[3]



Musically Dwayre had an eclectic output covering a range of musical genres. He was known for sampling other artists, the use of myriad styles, and incorporating unusual elements such as spoken word and field recordings into his music.[4]

Throughout his career Dwayre was involved in a variety of musical projects. In 2000 Dwayre was involved in creating a remix of Badly Drawn Boy's track Disillusion.[2] The follwoing year he signed to the record label Mo’ Wax with whom he released various singles.[5] During his time with the label Dwayre became the resident DJ at the Great Eastern Hotel in London.[6]

In 2002 Dwayre produced a mixtape for Dazed magazine.[7] In 2018 the debut Black Lodge album, Bitter Blood, was produced by Disciples. The same year the Arcola label published a remastered Black Lodge record[2] that had previously been considered to be one of the rarest Mo’ Wax releases.[8]

Visual arts[edit]

Dwayre was an active graffiti writer whose tag Black Lodge was regularly painted throughout Manchester.[1] He was a member of the graffiti crew NBCS which was formed for the express purpose of painting the first whole train on London Underground rolling stock. The artwork, comprising the slogan ‘No Amount of Buff Will Cleanse Our Souls’, was completed by Carl 123 and Cherish using a line from a poem authored by Dwayre.[9] The whole train featured on the documentary Steel Injection: London Tube Graffiti, 1990-1994.[10]


  • Untitled (1999)
  • Black Lodge Editions Volume 2 (1999)
  • Horse With No Name (2000)
  • Horse With No Name/Ha Dili (2001)
  • Blood Brass/Gay Boy (2002)
  • Hotline (2003)
  • Untitled Two (2010)
  • Kings Arms Sessions Vol.1 (2010)
  • Kings Arms Sessions Vol.2 (2010)
  • Bitter Blood (2018)
  • Kings Arms Sessions Vol​.​3: Lodgewars (2018)


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "This Artwork Changed My Life: The Dreamachine Helped Me Understand the Complexity of Counterculture and Loss". ELEPHANT. August 17, 2023.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 "A meeting with Black Lodge, Bitter Blood and much more…". Visit Manchester. November 29, 2018.
  3. Gaunt, James (August 14, 2021). "Mo' Wax — Where Are They Now: Black Lodge (2001)".
  4. "Jon K: Fuck Your Heroes".
  5. Cardew, Ben (November 26, 2014). "Black Lodge: Mo' Wax's forgotten Mancunian master".
  6. Connor, Matthias (2022). ‘DAN’ in BLACK LODGE BLACK MASS, p.14.
  7. "Guide to the Week of Music: Black Lodge, new sounds and visuals". Band on the Wall. July 13, 2018.
  8. "» Black Lodge is finally releasing MWR157… on Arcola!".
  9. Connor, Matthias (2022). ‘DAN’ in BLACK LODGE BLACK MASS, p.12.
  10. "Steel Injection".

Further reading[edit]

  • Connor, Matthias (2013). ‘To All the Girls in Oklahoma’ in Greatest Hits. London: Poppy Books.

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