A Q&A with Freedivers

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Grunge reborn in Barcelona – here’s Rafa D Villegas from Freedivers…

How did you get the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
‘Isolation’ was a song born during the time of confinement due to the global pandemic. We had the music recorded and we were working on the lyrics. One night Sergi called me and told me that he had new lyrics, he passed them to me. I listened to them and felt that they were the definitive lyrics. It reflected all the anguish and desolation that we human beings were feeling in that situation.

What was the hardest part about putting this release together, and why?
All the songs are composed by Sergi and me. It is a team effort. And as is normal sometimes we do not agree on certain things. in this case it was with the intro. Sergio is a perfectionist, so he always finds an effect to add, or a voice to improve. Then the rest of the process was smooth and we were very satisfied with what we had achieved.

Who produced the release – what did they bring to it?
We recorded the initial tracks in Sergi’s home studio, then we went to the Casa Far records studio in Barcelona where we did some drums and guitar overlays, as well as mixing and mastering. The producer was James White, an amazing guy we have worked with on several occasions

What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
We want to connect with people. in our songs we tell daily and personal stories, trying to convey what is happening with our society and our planet, and we do it in a sincere and direct way so that the message is received

How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
All the songs are composed by Sergi and me. We do teamwork when one of us comes up with an interesting idea, comments with the other, and from then on we start working together. Sometimes it is a very fluid process, sometimes things move slowly, but the end is always satisfactory for both of you.

What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
As a band we have influences from the Seattle sound of the 90s, from bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden etc, but each of us has their own influences. In my case I am personally very influenced by Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Pixies. It is the music that I have been listening to forever.

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When the world is back to normal where would like to tour, and why?
We would like to tour the south of England, we know there is a good music scene, and we would like to socialise with it.

If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
I would propose to them that they listen to ‘Under Arrest’ it is a lovely song that talks about how love arises even in the most terrible situations that human beings can go through.

What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
We really don’t have high ambitions. Keep making music, having fun making it, and connect with people who want to listen to us.

Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Take care of yourself, be happy, and think that not having seen the sunrise does not mean that the sun has not risen.

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