Alfredo Ortiz

Alfredo Ortiz

Alfredo Ortiz with the Beastie Boys in Stradbally, Ireland on September 1, 2007.
Background information
Also known as Fredo Ortiz
Origin United States
Genres punk rock, indie rock, alternative rock, experimental rock, hip hop
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums, Percussion, Latin Percussion, Beat Box, Guitar, Bass, Keyboard
Associated acts Beastie Boys
BS 2000
Tenacious D
Tito & Tarantula
Maximum Hedrum

Alfredo Ortiz is an American musician, primarily a drummer and percussionist. He has toured with the Beastie Boys as their drummer and percussionist since 1996.[1][2][3] He also appeared in their live concert film, Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That!,[4] and was featured in their Grammy Award-winning instrumental album,The Mix-Up.[5] Alfredo has been the drummer for other artists such as Money Mark,[6] New York group Morningwood,[7] Los Angeles rockers Red Exiles, and Tito & Tarantula.[8]

Ortiz has lent his talents to many other bands and musicians including Money Mark, Kathleen Hanna, Los Lobos, The Offspring, Yeska, Ozomatli, BS 2000, Blackalicious, Los Villains, Tommy Guerrero, Mariachi El Bronx, Chromeo, Kelis, Sepultura, Jack White, and Salvador Santana. Ortiz appears on Tenacious D's self titled album, released in 2001. From 2008-2010, he toured with Tito & Tarantula. He has also played with former Mars Volta's bassist Eva Gardner in her band called Lyra.

Ortiz appeared in the film Along Came Polly starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston in 2004. The original music used for that scene was written by Money Mark, and Fredo contributed his percussion to the recording as well.[9] Ortiz’s percussion, as well as a guest appearance, was featured in the 200th episode of CSI: Las Vegas, alongside Eric Bobo (Cypress Hill) and directed by the Academy Award-winning director of The Exorcist, William Friedkin.[10]

Ortiz is the co-founder of the musical project East L.A. Taiko, a fiery eclectic blend of world rhythm,[11] which often features feminist punk singer Lysa Flores.

In 2011, Ortiz founded his first solo project called Bongoloidz[12] and completed the debut Bongoloidz album in early 2014.[13]

In 2012 he joined the electro-funk project Maximum Hedrum with DJ/Producer Sam Spiegel and Derrick Green (of Sepultura).[14]


  1. Jenkins, Sacha. "V Live". Vibe 7.1 (Feb 1999): 36.
  2. Hart, Ron. "Beastie Boys." CMJ New Music Monthly 148 (Jul 2007): 41.
  3. "Beastie Boys Tour". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  4. "Beastie Boys, Filmed in Concert: 'I... Shot That!', Beastie Boys". March 29, 2006.
  5. "Alfredo Ortiz, Beastie Boys". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  6. "Money Mark video @ The Roxy ~ $Mark, Fredo, Ashley". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  7. "Morningwood Live on Letterman". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  8. "Tito & Tarantula - MACHETE - live in Italy". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  9. "Bongoloidz". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  10. "Bongoloidz". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  11. "East L.A. Taiko". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  12. "Bongoloidz". Retrieved 2012-08-27.
  13. "Bongoloidz". Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  14. "SEPULTURA Frontman Kicks Off Month-Long L.A. Residency With MAXIMUM HEDRUM Project - Jan. 18, 2013". Retrieved 2013-07-17.

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