LOMM: Can you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did
you guys meet up?
Sergi Blanch: The Freedivers band was formed in mid-2019, at first the project started with Rafa D Villegas and I, later Xavi Blanch joined us and the band was complete, perhaps in the future we will incorporate someone else.
LOMM: Pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone yet the arts have been hit especially hard.
The musicians are vulnerable to financial upheaval. How have you guys have been holding up?
Rafa D Villegas : Well, for us it was devastating as it was for everyone. We had many plans that fell apart. We took advantage of this forced confinement to do studio work and some songs that reflect the situation came from that.
LOMM: On the other hand you seem to have had a productive time. Is that right?
Rafa D Villegas: Yes, fortunately we were able to take advantage of the situation and we managed to record an EP of 5 songs “Upside Down”. We believe that you can always get something good out of things, even if they are bad.
LOMM: Tell us about your genre, what does it means to you, why did you choose this genre?
Rafa D Villegas : Well, we don’t like labels, but it’s been said that our music is indie / rock with a touch of grunge. We are influenced by the sound of the Seattle of the 90s, it is undeniable. We have grown up listening to bands like Nirvana, Stone Temple Pilots, pearl Jams and that ends up influencing.
LOMM: How did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?
Rafa D Villegas: From the beginning we have been in constant experimentation when it comes to sound. Regarding the lyrics, we want to tell personal stories. because we believe that this is how you can connect with people. We want those who listen to us to feel identified with what we say.
LOMM: Are you happy with your product? What aspects of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve upon?
Sergi Blanch: We are very satisfied with each of our songs. there is a lot of sincerity in each one of them, and that is important. every story told is compelling
LOMM: How has the overall reception been?
Sergi Blanch: Actually the EP has been out a few days ago and it is still premature to know, but it is on the right track. In general, we are happy
LOMM: Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?
Rafa D Villegas: Unfortunately the crisis unleashed by the Covid-19 pandemic. I finish with our tour plans for 2020. We hope this year the situation is better and we can do some live performances.
LOMM: What is the next step for you? How is the future looking?
Sergi Blanch: To continue composing, to continue recording, and hoping that everything improves and that we return to resume all the plans we had. We are optimistic.
LOMM: Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process? Who is writing the lyrics?
Rafa D Villegas: All the lyrics are written by Sergi and me. we do teamwork. The basis of our songs are personal stories that we believe can be anyone’s stories. Generally we always work on the musical structure first, and then the lyrics.
LOMM: Who is composing the songs?
Sergi Blanch: All the songs are composed by Rafa and I, we start from an idea of either of us and then we both work on it until we finish it
LOMM: What bands do you draw your inspiration from?
Rafa D Villegas: As a band, we are very influenced by the Seattle sound of the 90s, by bands like Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Alice in Chains and others. although each of us also has our own influences
LOMM: Which is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?
Sergi Blanch: I think each of them is exciting. The creation work in the studio is fantastic. Shaping a song from start to finish is exciting and cathartic. Sharing that with your audience is too.
LOMM: What first got you into music?
Rafa D Villegas : A song from Nirvana.
LOMM: What do you like the best about being a musician? And what is it that you do not like much?
Sergi Blanch: I live for music and for music, a world without music would not make much sense to me, nor would I then know my deepest feelings. The worst thing about being a musician is that you feel like an outsider
LOMM: If you weren’t musicians, what would you be doing?
Sergi Blanch: Surely lost in a mountain, enjoying nature and watching life go by.
LOMM: If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Rafa D Villegas: I think many things should change, one of them is the price paid to streaming musicians by major platforms like Spotify. it is abusive.
LOMM: What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
Rafa D Villegas: Both are very important. so they must be attended with the same degree of interest
LOMM: What is the most memorable gig that you have played to date?
Rafa D Villegas: The project is still very new, only one year, and if we add to that the whole situation that the pandemic has generated, there are very few options for memorable concerts. We look forward to better times.
LOMM: When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
Sergi Blanch: The best is yet to come!
LOMM: Who would you like to collaborate with?
Sergi Blanch: Dave Grohl, he seems like a nice guy.
LOMM: Who would you like to go on a tour with?
Xavi Blanch:Faith No More, I’ve never seen them live and it would be amazing.
LOMM: If you could play any festival in the world, which one would you choose? Tell us why.
Rafa D Villegas: Reading Festival, because I think it is a mythical festival, where bands that I admire have passed.
LOMM: Name some of your all-time favorite albums? Include controversial ones.
Xavi Blanch: I’ve got a lot! But there are some of them:
– Album of the year (Faith No More)
– Vs (Pearl Jam)
– In Absentia (Porcupine Tree)
– Grace (Jeff Buckley)
– InnerSpeaker (Tame Impala)
LOMM: What does your collection look like? Mostly Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, Digital? A bit of everything? A total mess?
Rafa D Villegas: I have a bit of everything, but basically vinyls. I love the vinyls, I am nostalgic.
LOMM: What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Xavi Blanch: I’m from Barcelona.
Here the metal/rock scene is a little bit underground. There are some collectives that do some nice metal/rock shows, but always in small places.
LOMM: You can invite 5 people to a dinner party, from the future, the past, rock stars, a movie characters, you name it. Who are you having dinner with?
Rafa D Villegas: William Burroughs, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Edgar Allan Poe and Phil Spector, I think it would be an interesting dinner.
LOMM: What is your weirdest memory in your music career?
Xavi Blanch: I remember a concert, with an old band in the Dominican Republic, it was a very nice place with Bar service.
The bassist and the singer drank too many whiskeys before the show and they ended up very drunk.. The funniest part of the story was when the bass player had to do a bass solo and stop the whole band because none of us could keep up.
LOMM: What is the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Rafa D Villegas. A heart-shaped box of chocolates
LOMM: If you had one message to your fans, what would it be?
Sergi Blanch: Let them listen to us and share our music. that they can be sure that we will give our best in every song and in every concert.
LOMM: Anything else you think your fans should know?
Rafa D Villegas: We are working on a new 5 song EP coming out very soon. Stay tuned.