Freddy Jimenez.

By day, Freddy Jimenez is a talented screenprinter; by night, he’s the drummer for Tribesmen, the Coachella-based all-instrumental band. Jimenez’s drumming is extremely technical and compliments the Tribesman sound nicely. The band is recording an album that the members hope to have out soon. For more information, visit tribesmenmusic.bandcamp.com and www.facebook.com/tribesmencv.

What was the first concert you attended?

Coachella 2003, for the White Stripes and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

What was the first album you owned?

Hmm, I think it was a Tupac cassette my uncle bought for me on my birthday many years ago.

What bands are you listening to right now?

I’m actually listening to the new Title Fight album, Hyperview, as I’m typing this. Amazing stuff! The new Turnstile album is pretty tight, too; Blonde Redhead here and there; and a whole bunch of other stuff that jumps around The Doors Pandora station when I’m screenprinting. Ha ha!

What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?

Dang, don’t really know. If I don’t really dig a scene, I just brush it off and try not to really think about it.

What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?

I’ve seen Radiohead and Sigur Rós both, and, dang, I’ve never experienced anything like that at any show. I would love to see both of those bands again, again and again.

What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?

One Direction. Ha ha! Just kidding.

What’s your favorite music venue?

Any backyard in Coachella.

What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?

For me, it’s more of a melody that gets stuck in my head.

What band or artist changed your life? How?

Metallica and Blink-182. I guess my taste just branched out after obsessing over those bands when I was 10.

You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?

I wouldn’t want to ask a question, but observe how Thom Yorke works during the writing process of a piece.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

Well, that’s simple: It would have to be that one song by Rick Astley, “Never Going to Give You Up.” Ha ha! 

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

That answer changes every other week, but as I took a break from typing, I snapped a glance at my records and saw the Stan Getz and João Gilberto album, Getz/Gilberto, all out in the open, and that record is super-sick! So, as of now, that’s the one.

What song should everyone listen to right now?

Pretty much anything on that Getz/Glberto album. You won’t regret it. (Scroll down to hear it!)

Brian Blueskye

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Brian Blueskye moved to the Coachella Valley in 2005. He was the assistant editor and staff writer for the Coachella Valley Independent from 2013 to 2019. He is currently the...