Guitar, Piano, Voice, Bass Guitar, Digital Recording and Productions
Fred Kimmel is a producer/artist/composer/multi-instrumentalist. Fred has been honored winning second place in the 2009 Broadjam/Keyboard Magazine/Casio “Keyboards that Rawk Contest”, winning an article in Keyboard Magazine’s Unsigned Artist Of The Month.
Fred has studied guitar privately with CBS Staff guitarist Sal Salvador and 20 time Grammy winning studio guitarist Carmine D’Amico.
Coming from a musical family, both parents and older brothers were professional jazz musicians. Fred started studying and playing the guitar and keyboards at the age of seven. At sixteen, he had his first steady job, playing guitar and singing Top 40, five nights a week with bassist brother Karl and their mother, pianist Peggy at Areles of Queens, “The Largest Kosher Night-Club in the World”.
At nineteen years old Fred Kimmel rented a rehearsal/recording loft in the Music Building in NYC, where he came in contact with many talented musicians. This was where Fred made his earliest connections in the business. This early business venture resulted with jingle production work for such companies as Elite Models, Fuji TV, Pony Canyon Records, FM Tokyo, J-Wave as well as album production work along with Radio and TV personality Shoji Suzuki for Toshiba-EMI with an emerging artist named DJ Honda, who was then in a group called The JGs on Taurus Records.
Later on Fred had the opportunity to work with Japanese superstar Yuming’s producer Tony Ariga, producing and arranging jingles for Suntory Whiskey along with American artists such as Ben Folds, Jocelyn Brown and Connie Harvey.
After doing soundtrack work for MMG/Atlantic Video’s “New York Rap Talk” and an ad campaign for Japanese cosmetics company ARSOA, Fred later teamed with television producer/director/Motion Planet CEO Sumio Sone, producing on-air and industrial television jingles for Nikkei Shinbun, Mark Chagall Jewelry and Sony.
During this time, Fred met a new partner, Sali Oguri, who was hosting a hit television show on NHK called New Yorkers. He helped produce the ending theme Sali had written for the show entitled “Before We Say Goodnight”. While Sali sang and played the keyboard tracks and drum programs, he played guitar, engineered and mixed the song from their studio.
Not long after, Fred and Sali teamed with Tony Ariga to produce twelve dance tracks for a compilation CD entitled “Sweet Dreams, Yuming” on FOA Records. They found it to be a very exciting project, transforming Yuming’s brilliant hit songs to modern/electronica dance tracks with English lyrics.
Recently, Fred had the honor of accompanying Freestlyle Dance legends, Judy Torres, George LaMond, TKA, Angelo Venuto and Cynthia at The Jones Beach Theater for Beatstock.
Fred frequently performs and continues to work as an independent producer and musician at his studio in New York City, WUJ Productions. .