Fred Sumi was born on 18 November 1974 in Geneva. He started playing electric bass at the age of 16. Fred loves the groove and has a warm and deep bass sound. In 1995, he studied at the EJMA (Ecole de Jazz et de Musique Actuelles, Lausanne). The same year, he took private bass lessons in Havana, Cuba. Since this stay, he has been passionate about Cuban music, especially about timba.
Fred has played with many different bands in a wide variety of styles: soul-funk, jazz, salsa, African music. Particularly influenced by Cuban music, he has developed a bass style that combines timba with funk, jazz, soul and hip hop.
Fred has performed on numerous stages in Switzerland and abroad: Batofar in Paris, Cargo Club in London, Cielo Club in New York, La Batuta in Chile, he opened for Faithless, Jamie Lidell and Gotan Project. He recently toured two times in Cuba with the band SUMO: Habanarte Festival (2016) and Cubadisco (2017). Fred has played bass in various bands including Thaïs Diarra (afro-soul), Professor Wouassa (afrobeat), Anabaena (jazz-ethno). He has recorded the bass on the albums of various artists including Elvett (electro-pop). Fred specializes in playing the bass of Cuban music.
His career as a bass player and his work as a producer are two aspects that characterize him, both enriching and influencing each other. Fred recently initiated the project EDKUB whose first single KEY JAM is out now. The song is played by DJ Jack El Calvo as the opening track of his mixes "The Lockdown Sessions - Para Bailar Casino" on New Morning Radio, Paris. The project builds a bridge between Cuban and electronic music and is a collaboration with top Cuban musicians, members of famous bands Pupy y Los que Son Son , Elito Revé y su Charangon and Manolito y su Trabuco. The first album will be released in winter 2020.
In 1999, Fred Sumi formed with his brother Alex Sumi the band SUMO and the label Chiz Records. With twenty years of experience as a producer, Fred has composed and produced the music of four SUMO's albums. His productions have been praised by the press (Les Inrocks, Trax), were played on worldwide radio stations (BBC Gilles Peterson Worldwide, Nova) and published on various compilations along with Laurent Garnier and Moby.
Fred's productions are characterized by a mix of electronic sounds, organic instruments and rhythms with various influences (timba, electro).