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Interview with Freedivers

Freedivers is an indie rock band with a touch of grunge.. The band hails from Barcelona and are big fans of the 90s grunge scene.

The band is currently working on their second album due for release this summer.

We caught up with frontman Erik for a quick chat.

Introduce yourself and tell us what you do in the band?

Erik: Hi! I am Erik, the band’s frontman and together with Rafa we write the songs.

Tell us a little about your band, how you got together and the story behind the name if there is one.

Rafa: Freedivers was formed at the end of 2019, from those beginnings only I remain. After some time, Ferran, Jordi and Erik joined. The band is heavily influenced by the Seattle sound of the 90s. The name comes from my great love of scuba diving and freediving. That’s something I have always been fascinated by and that I consider romantic.

Tell us a bit about your latest single, what’s the story behind the song?

Erik: Well, I wrote this song some time last year trying to evoke some dark gothic imagery because I love those elements in literature, the ghosts, the haunted places (and people, haha)... As I kept writing it I realized that what I had just written was the way a past love made me feel. Haunted by those memories like shadows, wanting to be that one special person in the crowd. ‘’A thousand shadows’’ sort of tells this story, but, to be honest, as an artist I am quite moved by the idea of leaving people to have their own interpretation to whatever song they like.

What is your writing process like? Do you start with lyrics and then come up with a melody or is it the other way round?

Erik: For this particular song Rafa had the chords and the rhythm guitar for this song was built-up. I listened to it and then came up with some lyrics, cause I usually write on a day to day basis. The melody came right after that and soon we had the song more or less finished.

What bands were you listening to when you were writing this release? Do you think it had an effect on the end sound

Erik: During the period of making this song I was listening to The Doors quite a lot. I’m not sure that there is this big impact on the sound but Morrison’s poetry inspires me and there’s this mystery and phantom-like aura to it.

What can you tell us about the album that the song has come from?

Rafa: Well, this song will be part of our second album. It has more dark elements to it and a suffocating, deep aura, even, and navigates topics like heartbreak, suffering and feelings of inadequacy. Our first album had a different energy and was released in the middle of the pandemic.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

Erik: I don’t know if that’s a surprise but I love philosophy!

Do you have any shows coming up that we should get ourselves along to?

We are working on a tour for next summer that will take us all across the national geography, and a few other countries and cities.

Thanks for chatting with us today Erik, it was a pleasure.

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