~Asbury Park Vibes' Band On The Rise~

FREEDIVERS

March 24, 2021

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HOMETOWN

Barcelona

YEAR FORMED

2020

BAND MEMBERS

Sergi Blanch : Vocals & guitar

Rafa Villegas: Guitars & bass

Xavi Blanch : Drums

The Basics

YOUR MUSICAL PAST AND PRESENT IN ONE RUN-ON SENTENCE.

Since the 90s, we have been fans of Rock and Grunge. In the future, who knows?


SORRY, BUT WE HAVE TO ASK … WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BAND NAME?

In the past I had been closely linked to the world of freediving, it has always seemed fascinating, with a touch of romance and mystery.


HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR SOUND TO SOMEONE WHO HASN’T YET HEARD YOUR MUSIC?

I would describe it as a rock made with a lot of feeling and deep lyrics.


HOW DID THE STARS ALIGN TO BRING YOU ALL TOGETHER?

Xavi and I are brothers, and we played in different bands. At the end of 2020 I met Rafa, a lover of the sound of Seattle from the 90s, who proposed an interesting project that interested us, and there it all began.


IF BANDS WERE REQUIRED TO HAVE A SLOGAN … WHAT WOULD YOUR BAND SLOGAN BE?

It could be: Do what you want, here and now.

Music

A PROJECT YOU’RE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THAT YOU’RE REALLY EXCITED ABOUT.

We are currently working on a 5 song EP and a video that is in the process of being released.


HOW DOES THE BAND FLESH OUT A SONG FROM START (IDEA IN YOUR HEAD) TO FINISH (RECORDING)?

Usually the starting point is always Rafa. He records an idea at his house that he finds interesting and he sends me the file. From there, we started working together . melody, concept, lyrics. and that's it.


WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE BEST SONG YOU EVER RELEASED, AND WHY?

The best song? we don't know ... we would have to ask the audience. But, "Freerider" was the first song we launched and it is very special for us.


PICK ONE WORD THAT BEST DESCRIBES WHAT YOUR REHEARSALS ARE LIKE. 

Isthereanythingbetterintheworldthanplaymusictoguether?


ANY MUSIC VIDEOS PLANNED OR IN PRODUCTION?

Oh yeah, we just shot two videos that are in the process of production, and we're already planning a third one that we'll shoot very soon.


LET’S GEEK OUT FOR A SECOND … TELL US WHAT YOUR ABSOLUTE FAVORITE PIECE OF MUSICAL EQUIPMENT IS RIGHT NOW.

My Fender Jaguar.

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Influences

WHICH ARTIST OR BAND INSPIRED YOU TO BECOME A MUSICIAN?

Kurt Cobain from Nirvana was the first, then I'd say Scott Weiland from Stone Temple Pilots


AN ALBUM THAT’S HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON YOU.

Definitely , Nevermind de Nirvana.


VOCALIST YOU ADMIRE THE MOST?

Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam


GUITAR SOLO THAT ALWAYS GIVES YOU GOOSEBUMPS?

Joe Satriani “Always with me” blowed my mind


MOST BAD-ASS BASSIST?

I know many...


DRUMMER WITH KILLER CHOPS?

There are so many.


ROLLING STONES OR THE BEATLES?

The Beatles and John Lennon of course.

Performing

DO YOU HAVE ANY PRE-SHOW RITUALS?

Oh yes, This mantra “Om mani padme hum” 108 times


FUNNIEST THING THAT EVER HAPPENED WHILE YOU WERE ON STAGE.

Once we were performing near a Zoo, a little monkey escaped and suddenly appeared on our stage and was jumping and walking all over the room. it was fun. We were seriously thinking about adopting the monkey.


IF POSSIBLE, DESCRIBE WHAT PERFORMING LIVE FEELS LIKE FOR YOU.

Performing live is the goal as a musician! The energy of the band, the nerves before the show... everything is magic.


IF YOU WERE SECOND ON A THREE-BAND BILL, WHICH BAND WOULD YOU LOVE TO BE SUPPORTING AND WHICH BAND WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO OPEN FOR YOU? [GOOD CHANCE TO PLUG A NEWER BAND YOU REALLY LIKE]

The band that I would support is Tool. I really like their music and also their live performance is so powerful - The band I would like to open for us has to be some local young band. Youngers are the future! - There are a lot of bands that I don't really like. But I'd prefer not to name them.


WHAT DO YOU HOPE YOUR FANS GET FROM YOUR MUSIC? IS THERE ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE THEM TO KNOW?

Our fans and the people who follow us can expect us to give them our best. Right now we are working on our first clip and new songs and we want the pandemic situation to end, to start a national tour.

Goals

MOST DON’T ALLOW THEMSELVES TO BELIEVE THAT WHAT THEY REALLY WANT ... CAN ACTUALLY HAPPEN. CLOSE YOUR EYES AND VISUALIZE WHAT YOU CONSIDER TO BE YOUR ULTIMATE SUCCESS. WHAT DO YOU SEE?

Spending my life playing music, traveling around, meeting a lot of people, making friends everywhere.


WHAT ARE YOU DETERMINED TO SEE HAPPEN FOR YOUR BAND IN THE NEXT YEAR?

I think that despite the current situation, this year will be a good year for the band. we began to consolidate, things flow better between us and we began to obtain results from the work done.


UPCOMING SHOWS, EVENTS, FESTIVALS YOU’RE PLAYING?

Since the pandemic situation sadly there is no shows coming.



Personal

WHAT CONCERT DID YOU ATTEND THAT YOU’LL NEVER, EVER FORGET?

I'd always remember the Pearl Jam show at Palau Sant Jordi (Barcelona) on may of year 2000. It was amazing!!


BEST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN.

Be yourself and don’t look back.


WHAT IS YOUR MOST VALUED MATERIAL POSSESSION?

My Fender Strato guitar of course.


WHICH OF YOUR BAND MEMBERS:


EATS THE HEALTHIEST? 

Sergi

IS THE PRANKSTER?

Rafa

IS THE TASK MASTER TO GET THINGS DONE?

Xavi



WHEN YOU’RE NOT PLAYING MUSIC, WHAT ELSE DO YOU LOVE TO DO?

Disappear in the mountains, running without borders


IF WE WERE TO LOOK AT YOUR “GO-TO” PLAYLIST RIGHT NOW, WHO ARE SOME OF THE ARTISTS WE’D SEE?

Oh well, I listen to many different kinds of music, from jazz to metal. You'd probably see Faith No More, Robert Glasper and some experimental jazz from the UK like Alfa Mist or Tom Misch.


BEST BAND NAME YOU EVER HEARD?

Nerobambola, I don't know why but I really like the name, also they are a great band!


VINYL RECORDS, CASSETTES, CD’s, OR DOWNLOADS?

Vinyl Definitely.


WHAT SONG IS AMAZING, YET NOT VERY POPULAR?

Well, there are a lot of songs that are amazing but not popular at all. For example LowRider from Yussef Kamaal is an awesome song.


AN ALBUM YOU NEVER GET TIRED OF LISTENING TO.

Faith No More - Album of the year.


WHAT SONG ARE YOU CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH?

I'm trying not to be obsessed with any, but probably the most hypnotic is Paranoid Android from Radiohead.


WHAT SONG HELPED YOU WHEN YOU WERE HEARTBROKEN?

I don't remember the last time I was heartbroken hahahaha. I'm joking, "Money" from Pink Floyd makes me wake up!


WHAT ALBUM OR ARTIST DID YOUR PARENTS INTRODUCE YOU TO THAT YOU LOVE?

"Clues " Robert Palmer. A great Album !!


WHAT’S YOUR BENCHMARK FOR A GREAT MUSICIAN?

For me, a great musician is one who has the ability to listen to the great musicians who preceded him, and learn from them.

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