Jaca Freer is a drummer, percussionist, tutor and event organiser who has had a passion for music since picking up their first pair of drum sticks in 2001. They have been gigging and recording regularly since 2005 with various bands and ensembles including two exclusive performances of Hofesh Schecter’s musical-dance piece Survivor at the Barbican Theatre in London and tours of the UK and Europe with various bands.
A passion for student-led teaching and collaborative performance was instilled in Jaca while working as a drum tutor for Darwen School of Music in 2008-2010 before they moved to London to complete a Higher Diploma in Popular Music, a PTLLS Level 4 teaching qualification and a BMus Degree in Popular Music (1st Class Hons) at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. They currently teach drums and percussion in London and Brighton.
Before working with Freer Ideas, Jaca had organised events and stage managed with the House of Brag: London Queer Social Centre, Dyne Road Recordings and MUSEfest organising music events in Darwen, London and Paris.
Jaca currently plays drums with alt-pop-punk band Colour Me Wednesday and plays bass guitar with Daniel Versus The World, as well as working as a session player for various other artists. They have headlined tours in the UK and Europe and performed at festivals including Kendal Calling, Madrid Pop Fest and Indietracks.
Jaca is an agender, graysexual, white, temporarily enabled, vegan anarcha-feminist who would like to see a world where anyone’s gender, sexuality, race, class and ability isn’t used as justification for denying them equal access to any kind of expression or opportunity, musical or otherwise.
Jaca uses they/them/their pronouns, has a valid DBS check and is insured for Public Liability as a member of the Musician’s Union.