What are your names?
Sean Rowles (Vocals/Acoustic Guitar) Callum Hignett (Lead Guitar) Cameron Meekums-Spence (Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals) Adam Barton (Bass Guitar/ Backing Vocals) Adam Jackson (Drums/ Backing Vocals)
Tell us the story behind the name.
We wanted a short name for the band. We were at practice one day when Barton came in and suggested the name “Freeda”. He explained that it was his girlfriend’s grandma’s name and we all felt it fit. We’ve had so many names being thrown about and it was starting to grate on us; Freeda seemed like the only name that worked.
What is your genre of music?
Mostly Indie-Rock. We take influence from bands ranging from The Beatles and The Stones to Arctic Monkeys and more modern bands so we would like to think that shows through our music.
Give us a little bio about you as a band and individuals.
We formed in early 2017 and have been gigging all over the northwest since then. We’re all from a small town called Mossley and the majority of us have grown up together. We met Sean in College and everything seemed to fit. We’ve recently started to establish ourselves in the Manchester area, we’re headlining bigger venues and more people than ever are starting to come and see us. The response we’ve had from our first single has been amazing and we’re heading into the studio next month to record our second! The last magazine that reviewed our music went with the headline ‘Infectious guitars and soulful vocals’ we think that’s a decent way to some us up.
Individually, I guess if you can’t find Sean singing he will probably be in the pub. Cal and Barton are into the music production side so they do a lot of the techie stuff. Adam Jackson (AJ) nobody really knows what he does in his free time… we just know he’s very laid back. Cam spent a lot of time in New Zealand and we grabbed him as soon as he came back, he’s now under band arrest and is not allowed to go back.
Describe each other in two words.
Sean – Mr Fancy
Callum – Alan Hoglett
Cameron – Potato smiley
Adam B – Having Tea
Adam J – Lady Legs
Are you signed?
No… will you sign us?
Your brand new single ‘Plug It In’, tell us more about it.
It’s about hiding behind a mask, we all hide behind something every once in a while but this is about someone becoming lost behind it and not really knowing how to be themselves. When Sean sings the chorus it’s like they are weighed down almost drowning in this front they show the world. It’s also pretty fun to dance to.
Describe it in two words.
What was the writing process like?
The song was written before the band was up and running. Cam brought this song he wrote a few years back and we all buzzed off it.
What was the recording process like?
We went into the studio looking to record a different song. When we played it to Sugar House, they weren’t convinced it was a track we should release as our first song. After a bit of debating, we played them plug it in and it was something we were all happy to do.
We only started learning and practicing the song a week before we got into the studio so we were a bit apprehensive on how it was going to turn out. We couldn’t be happier with it now though.
It was a massive learning curve for us in a way because we have always been so close to our songs but having an outside input really helped us get the best out of the track.
What is the meaning behind the track?
Everybody knows someone who struggles to be themselves sometimes and that’s what it’s about really. It’s basically us saying we don’t really care, just be you!
Let us know where we can get it from.
The single is available on Apple Music (buy it!), Spotify and SoundCloud.
Will we be seeing an EP or Album soon?
We’re a bit up in the air about that. The thinking is at the moment to keep writing and recording and maybe release a few more singles this year. If we get enough interest in what we are doing then yeah definitely it’s one for the future.
Do you have any shows coming up or a tour maybe?
We have a Manchester date 9th of June where we will be headlining Soup Kitchen then hopefully we will be hitting a few festivals in the summer.
What made you get in to music?
There’s a few different reasons to be honest, we love playing and performing. It’s also a great release, we feel like we can do anything when we play and that’s an incredible feeling.
Who are your influences?
The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Hendrix, Artic Monkeys, Miles Kane, etc…
How do you get inspiration to write songs?
You’ve gotta be feeling something, you can’t just wake up and think todays the day I write a song. If you do that then it’s just no good, for us at least anyway. You can spend ages sat playing a guitar, playing chord progressions and nothing happens but when you’re feeling it then the song can be done and ready to practice in no time.
Where do you see yourself now in 5 Years?
That’s a tricky one. We know where we would like to be but if all we did was think on that then we wouldn’t get anything done. We would be sat around a table, drinks in hand, saying “it’ll all be alright ‘cause one day”… No, we have to do it now and build it up. So who knows where we will be.
When you’re not doing music, what do you do?
We all have jobs as well, just your average 9-5 kind of thing. Guitars ain’t cheap.
Where would be your dream venue to play in your hometown?
We have two United fans and one City fan in the band so definitely not a stadium, we think The Ritz is a cool venue.
If you could collaborate with one UK Artists or Band who would it be?
It’s got to be Alex Turner
If you could collaborate with one US Artists or Band who would it be?
What was the song you listened to most that influenced you to go more in to the music scene?
Sean: David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
Callum: Jimi Hendrix – All Along the Watchtower
Cameron: Arctic Monkeys – A Certain Romance
Adam B: Can’t answer, he’s having his tea.
Adam J: Foo Fighters – Monkey Wrench
What’s the best advice you have ever been given?
Don’t get your hopes up too high and always be kind.
“Don’t do that, it’s annoying” – Ady Hall – Sugar House Music
What advice would you give to aspiring musicians not about the industry and just as an artist?
Try and connect with the song you’re playing. Try and make people believe you’re playing the song for yourself and that it has real meaning behind it.
What quote or saying do you always stick by?
Stay Safe (Manc accent)
When you are at a gig, what are 5 things you cannot forget?
The singer, the guitarist, the other guitarist, the bass player and the drummer.