Time for the next edition of Metal Anarchy’s “new music showcase,” the feature where I introduce you to bands that readers of this site may find interesting. This time I have an exclusive Q&A with Rafa d Villega of Freedivers.
METAL ANARCHY: Tell me a little about your band:
VILLEGA: Freedivers is a very new project, we started in October 2019. It had some riffs and some lyrics, but I needed someone to help me shape all of that. Then I met Sergi, he was great, because without him I don’t think I would have moved on. He liked the idea and we started to work together, all the songs have been composed between the two of us. In that aspect we have a great understanding. Later we were joined by Xavi, which was the piece we needed to complete the project, and in November we released our first single. “Freerider”.
METAL ANARCHY: Who are your main influences?
VILLEGA: The band is heavily influenced by the sound of the 90s Seattle music scene, bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains. They have inspired tons of bands, and us too. But each of us has our own influences and that in some way also influences the outcome of our compositions. Sergi has previously been involved in blues, soul, and funk projects. Xavi and I are more of classic rock.
METAL ANARCHY: What is your latest release and why should readers of this site check it out?
VILLEGA: Our latest release has been the single “Under Arrest” a beautiful song about love and hope, even in the most difficult moments. This song was ready to be recorded with other lyrics, just at the time when the pandemic was hitting the hardest in our country. This was something that hit us all very deeply. One night Sergi called me and told me that he wanted to change the lyrics, that we should give a message of hope, and the lyrics were completely rewritten.
METAL ANARCHY: What can people expect when they go to your live shows?
VILLEGA: They can wait for a total surrender in search of the connection. When we are on stage our priority is to connect with people, to achieve that magical moment where people feel part of the stories we tell, that bond that is established and that makes them remember us.
METAL ANARCHY: Where do you see your band heading in 5 years?
VILLEGA: Well, 5 years is a long time, but we are optimistic, we want to believe that we will be composing songs and sharing them with people, that we’ll be touring and playing some major festivals. I don’t think we’re very original, but I guess it’s any band’s dream.