Checking in with Alfredo Ortiz


Photo by Ari Marcopoulos, originally published at Beastieboys.com

Alfredo Ortiz, the Beastie Boys percussionist and drummer, is a consummate musician, who at any given time might be a member of a dozen bands. No exaggeration. Fredo is currently on tour in Europe playing drums with Tito & Tarantula (see tour dates HERE). The band are touring in support of their album Back into the Darkness. They recently recorded the title song for the upcoming Robert Rodriguez film Machete (see the film trailer HERE).


Fredo in action with Tito & Tarantula

Over the last year, Fredo has recorded and produced music with a number of musicians, including Mexican-American artist Lysa Flores, whose music will be included in a documentary titled Immigrant Daughter. Fredo helped to produce Flores' new album on which he plays drums and contributes vocals. The album should be completed before the end of this year. See video of Fredo performing with Lysa Flores in Pasadena last month HERE.

Fredo also recorded with Los Angeles-based bands Funeral Party (on their album Golden Age of Knowhere) and Cava. Fredo played drums and percussion, as well as helped to write several songs, on Cava's new album A Naughty Dread, which was released last month. Cava's keyboardist is Walter Miranda, who toured with the Beastie Boys in the late 90s when Money Mark was unable to go on the road.

If that weren't enough, Fredo recently recorded percussion with garage rock band the Jump Offs, whose members saw Fredo perform with BS2000 in 2001 when they were only 10 years old. Fredo was introduced to the Jump Offs by his friend Manny Nieto, who has recorded with Los Lobos, Lysa Flores, and Kim Deal, among others. Manny has Fredo working in the studio right now during his short break from the Tito & Tarantula tour, laying down drums for an album by punk band The Inevitable Backlash. You can hear Fredo drumming on the band's cover of the All-American Rejects' "Gives You Hell," which they recorded live in two takes. The NSFW video of the song is located HERE.

To top all of that, Fredo has been recording an album of his own (!), which he plans to release in 2011. Hiatus what?!

In addition to working on music, Fredo has done some recent television work. He appeared in the 200th episode of CSI with friend and fellow Beastie Boys associate Eric Bobo. Fredo has also contributed to a new commercial for Venus Gillette (yes, ladies razors), which will air in the coming months.


Fredo and Eric Bobo on the set of CSI

Fans interested in connecting with Fredo may reach him through his Myspace page and official web site.

12 comments:

4:37 PM Fittonia said...

Holy shit! Fredo sounds crazy busy. I want to know more about the ladies razor commercial.

4:49 PM miert said...

hihihihi fredoooo!!!!

5:39 PM Kevin said...

Nice to hear about Alfredo. Is he still playing with Morningwood?

5:58 PM Hot Sauce said...

@Kevin I'm pretty sure that Morningwood are inactive now. I imagine Fredo's current commitment to Tito & Tarantula and (hopefully?) future commitment to the Beastie Boys makes him unavailable to do much with Morningwood.

8:52 PM Lilly said...

I saw Alfredo playing taiko with Morningwood on Jimmy Kimmel Live... Here's the vid:

http://abc.go.com/watch/clip/jimmy-kimmel-live/SH005455790000/20957/239588

9:25 PM Hot Sauce said...

Thanks for the video link, Lilly.

The Jimmy Kimmel performance was in October 2009.

9:51 PM kurtis klean said...

did fredo play on hot sauce commitee?

10:01 PM Elz87 said...

Fredo is one cool cat. Much respect and admiration. I look forward to hearing his album & seeing him on tour with the Beasties.

10:40 PM Hot Sauce said...

I updated the post to include more info on Fredo's work with Lysa Flores, as well as a video of him playing with her, and information on Fredo's work with the Jump Offs.

3:39 AM cool coper said...

alfredo ortiz! reading the tour dates, i am realising: i missed tito&tarantula at SO36 in march in berlin. that's a scandal. nothing less. fredo's drumming is awesome, very articulate and very dynamic. our man mike d., on the other hand, nourishes a more blurred, laid-back style. i wonder if they have passionate school-of-thought debates on drumming when they're together.

8:26 AM Emily said...

That is aweomse! I had no idea Fredo plays with so many bands.

5:20 PM luke said...

Go Fredo, go Fredo, go Fredo!

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