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 the music style timba.
Fred has played with many different bands in a wide variety of styles: soul-funk, jazz, son, 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 specializes in playing the bass of Cuban music. He plays also the baby bass.
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 y Los Hermanos del Alma: 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).
His career as a bass player and as a producer are two aspects that characterize him, both enriching and influencing each other.
Fred initiated the project EDKUB in 2018. 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 videoclip EL VIENTO NOS LLEVA is out now. The first single KEY JAM was played on radios worldwide. DJ Jack El Calvo, the highly respected DJ in Cuban music, selected Key Jam as the introduction in his ongoing mixes on social media and in particular in his mix The Lockdown Sessions - Para Bailar Casino which was played on New Morning Radio, Paris. The first album will be released in 2021
In 1999, Fred Sumi formed with his brother Alex Sumi the band SUMO y Los Hermanos del Alma and the label Chiz Records. With twenty years of experience as a producer, Fred has composed and produced several albums of SUMO y Los Hermanos del Alma. 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).