WHAT THEY SAY:
"Chris brought more life
to my drums on this last recording than anyone else ever has. I say he
made them sound incredible, but if you were to ask Chris, his humble nature
would come out and he would simply say, 'I just made sure you could hear
what was played.' Oh, to be that good!"
"Chris is not only one of
the nicest guys you'll ever work with but also brings the creativity and
extraordinary ability to help you achieve the sound you're looking for.
[Live, he] is absolutely one of the most well-rounded drummer/percussionists
we've worked with!"
"I have had the pleasure of working with some of the world's finest engineers. I can honestly include Chris amongst their ranks in both professionalism and in his wide range of musical & technical knowledge... When it comes to love of music as an art form, I see a passion in Chris that is often missing in some of his contemporaries."
"I get projects from every major
studio in London and most major studios around the world and [with Chris'
recordings,] I'm having to do much less equalizing than I usually do...Sounds
"The Go There session was the first time I really had lots of fun in the studio... People who have heard it are starting to email me and say, 'Holy crap, this sounds really good!' It makes me feel good."
"Chris helps make band practice tolerable - even fun! - with his
"Garges came in and added the
coolest, and at the same time, most subtle percussion to our Ublisch recordings. He
made such a huge improvement to the layers of sound without ever
being intrusive. Thanks Chris. You rule!"
"You sound good... stop it."
"Chris Garges provides tasteful
accompaniment and heft behind the skins."
"Chris seems to be a real Renaissance Man, but I know him as a drummer...a prepared, professional drummer, ready to make the song work without worrying if he's going to impress anyone in the process. I always look forward to getting on stage with him and if he brings the same kind of talent, dedication, respect and intelligence to every other aspect of his musical career, you're lucky to have him on your team."
"The thing I use to judge my favorite
[drummers] is the communication factor--how does the drummer 'make' music
with the other players? It has nothing to do with flashy technique, monster
groove, or any of those other over-used standards drummers try to live
up to. Billy Higgins, John Betch, Idris Muhamed, Jeff Ballard, Tim Horner,
Tony Moreno, John Engels, Bernard Purdie, Billy Hart, Larry "Wild"
Wrice, Jeff Brillinger... All had this in common. In my PetriDish
project, along with the second drummer, Byron Hedgepeth, Chris definitely
makes the list of 'communicators.' I love having him involved the project
and 'making' music with him."
"As an engineer... Garges always
gets F%#@in'stellar sounds... that's the most important thing. The second
most important thing? He doesn't go and screw them up... you walk out
of the studio with a product you can be proud of... or at least A SOUND
you can be proud of! As for his drumming? Damn!"
"I've had the pleasure to work
with Chris, both in the studio, where he is an invaluable asset as a top
shelf drummer/percusionist, an excellent discriminating sound engineer,
and just good general karma to have around, and on live gigs he is always
my first personal choice to go out with--always giving 110% of himself.
In fact, Chris is a God or two...he's TWO Gods!"
"When it comes to creating sounds,
he lets you sound like you... a man bound to infinite detail."
"You are a mofu--in' genius. I swear...
The disc is SO good... ACK!!! So bloody good!! @@$!$$$$!@#R%$&...
We owe you so much!... I think I might have cried. I know I had chills
the whole time... <sigh>"
"About 40 seconds into his soundcheck,
I realized that Chris is probably the best drummer that I've ever heard
and that I wish I had practiced some more! Subtle, but sweet... what he
did added so much more to the mix. Thank you, Chris!"
"You know it's a good situation
when an engineer can capture great sounds and maintain a creative atmosphere
for recording... Chris is exceptional at both!"
"This guy knows more about music and
he's a great engineer as well as the best drummer around."
"Project after project, I can
always rely on Chris Garges for his professionalism, open-minded approach,
and creativity behind the board."
"Any studio drummer can only hope Garges is @ the
"Chris is without a doubt one of the
most talented individuals I have ever worked with. The fact that he is
also one of the nicest is the icing on the cake."
"Without the gentle, sarcastic
push from Chris Garges, I most likely would never have experienced the
horribly amazing/amazingly horrible sounds of the Danelectro Sitar Swami
pedal. All jokes aside, however, having Garges engineer my recording
was about the best decision I could have made. If you want someone who
is totally professional, will always get you the sounds you want, and
along with knowing all the standard ropes has a crazy bag of tricks that
will bring out all the nuances of your music, go with Chris Garges."