FreeDivers are a Barcelona-based indie rock trio. Bassist and founding member Rafa d Villegas talks us through the early days of the band and what to expect when checking the band out.
What are the origins of the band, how long have you been playing together?
In October 2019 I had some interesting sounding riffs, and some lyrics, but I needed someone to help me put everything in order, and then I met Sergi. He liked the project and we started working together. Without it, it would not have been possible. Then Xavi joined us and we already had the band. We are a very young project just 2 years.
How did you feel performing your first gig? And how was it?!
The first concert was a bit chaotic, we needed more rehearsals. Maybe it was a bit too rushed, but overall it went well. We enjoyed ourselves and the people did too. This first concert helped us to know what our weak points were and work them more
What should people expect when they check the band out? How would you describe yourself?
People should expect that we are three guys who are going to give everything. That we are going to get totally involved and that our goal is to connect with them and that they enjoy the show to the fullest.
The new music scene is bursting at the seams with fresh talent, in what ways do you feel that a band has to stand out from the others trying to build a name?
We believe that you must be honest in what you do, and it is also very important to be original. Try to be yourself. no poses. People distinguish that.
What are you working on at the minute that people can check out?
Well, our latest single Isolation has just been released. and we are working on a 6 song EP where we will include some acoustic. We have other ideas, but we prefer to wait until they are more advanced to talk about them
What band out there at the minute do you feel that you would be best suited to open for?
Personally, I like Foo Fighters a lot, I suppose Sergi and Xavi have other preferences. But if I had the opportunity to decide I would do it for Foo Fighters, it is a band that I have always followed, and their music has had a lot of influence on me. Opening for them would be great
Who do you feel is the next band to break out?
It’s complicated, the current music scene is full of excellent bands, saying the name of just one of them would not be fair.
What are your first musical memories? And what was the light bulb moment that made you go “I want to do that”?
My earliest musical memories revolve around the Seattle music scene of the 90s. All those bands in some way marked me. The exact timing couldn’t be said, but seeing Nirvana perform at Reading Festival had a lot to do with that decision. I have the Live at Reading video at home and have watched it hundreds of times
What was the last gig that you attended as a fan?
Foo Fighters last year
The album that you have in your album collection/Spotify playlist that would surprise most people?
Maybe the album Where Angels Fear to Tread (1983) by Mink De Ville. It is an album that I have a certain affection for.
What are your plans for the remainder of 2020?
Well, our plans for 2020 were all ruined, with the global pandemic situation everything that we had planned was turned upside down. now we only plan to continue composing and doing studio work. We hope that the situation will change, and then we will adapt.
How active are you on social media and where can people connect with you?
Well, we really have to admit that we are not yet as active as we should be on social media, considering how important it is to connect with people. but we will do it little by little. Anyway, if people can find us here: