Derek “Redfootz” Freeman has broken his way beyond the forefront of the local circuit of his hometown Washington D.C, and is on the verge of breaking into the mainstream at a steady rapid pace. Redfootz, a name given to him early in his professional career, exhibited a genuine interest in music at the age of 4 and he has not stopped since. He is a force to be reckoned with on the drums but has mastered the technical side of music production that could match any with national notoriety.
Gaining his start, he began by playing for family members at weddings and local clubs. Soon after, in 1993 he was co-founder, arranger, and drummer of the Jazz/R&B group “Citilites”. His association climaxed with the production and release of their CD entitled “Who’s Up Next”. As he continued to grow in the music industry; in 1999 he became the drummer for DC’s hottest band “Suttle Thoughts” performing Jazz, R&B, & Go-Go for almost a decade.
In 2008, Redfootz founded his own R&B/Contemporary Jazz band “Redfootz Presents the Red Sessions” which he is the manager, producer and drummer. The band performs a wide variety of music from originals, to Jazz and Top 40 R&B covers. Soon after, Red Sessions released their first self-titled CD which covers originals and cover hits.
During 2011, Redfootz began sharing his musical talents and serving as the Musical Director/Drummer for Brencore Entertainment’s “Tribute to the Music” series paying homage to musical legends and icons. These series showcase locally and throughout the east coast at sold-out venues such as Supper Clubs and Theatre’s presently.
In 2012, he was the executive producer and recording engineer for Kimise “Songbird” Lee’s debut inspirational/gospel album entitled “I Choose You”. Redfootz was instrumental in launching Kimise Lee’s solo project whom was also featured on his Redfootz Presents The Red Sessions project.
However, by chance you might find him freelancing as drummer/percussionist sharing the stage with National Artist such as Ledisi, Sean Combs, Mya, CeCe Penniston, Mike Phillips, Brian Lenair, Marcus Johnson, Rare Essence, Experience Unlimited(E.U.), 76 Degrees West, Phaze II, as well as many other talents. When not on the stage performing, you will find Redfootz in the studio recording and producing on other musical projects.
Recently, Redfootz released his first Live CD in 2014 from a very popular venue “Half Note Lounge” in Bowie, Maryland. While Redfootz is a talented drummer he has not limited himself. He has allowed his horizons to broaden into other areas of music and to various instruments. He has a wide array of musical interests from piano to sound engineering. His reverence for music will not allow for boundaries when it comes to music genre.
Redfootz is also currently endorsed by Arborea Cymbals. Please visit www.redfootz.com for more pictures, discography, and event.
Redfootz Presents The Red Sessions @ Half Note Lounge (My band’s live performance-Musical Director/Drummer)
Brencore Entertainment’s – Tribute to Motown (Musical Director/Drummer)
Jazz Saxophonist Brian Lenair @ Carlyle Club (Drummer)
76 Degrees West Band (Drummer)
https://youtu.be/ZWiI33fwVvc Bethesda Blues Club – Silver Spring, MD
https://youtu.be/FcPY384kc7A Howard Theatre – Washington, DC
https://youtu.be/RJwuBX4NX_U Howard Theatre- Washington, DC
Brencore Entertainment Tribute Series (Musical Director/Drummer)
https://youtu.be/3Pqb6trRyDE Phyllis Hyman Tribute
https://youtu.be/43XALTqwjjY Best Duets Tribute
https://youtu.be/NbfCDUwR2DM Earth, Wind & Fire & Isley Brothers Tribute
https://youtu.be/K9PZgRIMh6w Roberta Flack, Natalie Cole, & Angela Bofill Tribute