Chris Barber Drums

Pop/Rock UK Session Drummer

11 Reviews (5 Verified)
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After touring the world with L.A. band Crazy Town (#1 single Butterfly) and recording at world-renowned studios across the globe, I have set up my own recording studio in the north of England specializing in remote drum recording and mixing. My forte lies in rock pop and metal music but I'm very adaptable, I hope to hear from you soon!

Over the years I have gained an extensive amount of live and studio experience as a professional drummer playing around the world with many different bands and artists. Most notably the LA-based rap/metal band ‘Crazy Town’ (#1 single Butterfly) which I was the full-time drummer for during 2017. I did several tours with them around the world in places all over Europe, the USA, India and more.
Other bands that I’ve played for include the Manchester-based metal band ‘Empires Fade’ who I joined in 2014 after filling in as their session drummer on a European tour. I recorded the drums for their debut album ‘The Edge Of Existence’ which ranked #4 in the iTunes metal charts shortly after its release. We toured all over the UK and EU many times after this establishing a decent fanbase.
More recently I have been a member of the pop-rock band ‘Fast Car To Florence’ since the formation of the band in late 2017: having released several singles and EPs since then, we have gained a substantial online following which we plan to continue building and coincide with a busy touring schedule.
I now run a remote recording studio in England where I record custom live drum tracks for bands, artists and producers all over the world. My clients so far have been extremely diverse from producers & artists at EMI to tech-metal bands in the middle east.

Tell me about your project and how I can help, through the 'Contact' button above.

11 Reviews - 1 Repeat Client

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  1. Review by Mike Vermeil

    Chris did a great job - good recording quality too //

  2. Review by Jack A.

    I gave Chris specific instructions on how I wanted my drum track to sound, and he did not fail to deliver. Not only were his drums executed proficiently and in a stylistic manner, but the sonic quality is pretty astoundingly good, especially considering his affordable rate. Will surely work with him again. Thx Chris!

  3. Review by michael z.

    Chris goes above and beyond. Thanks for your professionalism and great work!

  4. Review by michael z.

    Chris is an amazing drummer! He played exactly what I was looking for, was on point, great quality and easy to work with. Highly recommend.

  5. Review by Shaun D.

    Chris was fast and efficient, producing amazing drums that added impact and a very professional feel to our tracks.

    Would definitely use again in future.

  6. Review by Francisco Monroy
    by Francisco Monroy

    Chris will inject life into your project. I had the pleasure of working with him on my unreleased solo album. After a halt in the post production to focus on other endeavors I came back at it with fresh ears and man this guy knows how to bring it! A true pleasure working with Chris, besides his professionalism as a session drummer the sound quality of the recordings is up to high standards, super easy to edit and mix, with so many mic options that you will certainly be able to dial in the sound you are looking for.
    I can’t wait to be working with Chris again!

  7. Review by JM Elias

    What can I say, Chris did an amazing job! he was super easy to work with, very nice guy and very flexible. He puts in the effort to understand your needs and deliver way more than expected. The songs turned out AMAZING!

    Chris is exactly what you want in a session drummer, very versatile, affordable and delivers really good quality tracks.

    Definitely coming back for more.

  8. Review by Rich S.

    Chris is an amazing person and drummer. I have worked with him on two different projects. Chris knocked them both out of the park. His professionalism and attention to detail is second to none in the industry.I for one will be hiring Chris again in the future, he is my session drummer for life!

  9. Review by Trevor B.

    I needed backing drums for a cover track and boy did Chris produce the goods!
    Great communications, very quick turnaround. I received a quality mixed version along with all of the stems for my DAW. Couldn't recommend highly enough.

  10. Review by Kev Hollingworth
    by Kev Hollingworth

    The service that Chris offers is like nothing else available out there! Not only is he a fantastic drummer - playing with skill, precision and accuracy - but he is also a brilliant recording and mixing engineer, delivering a thoroughly professional end result of AWESOME sounding drum tracks. I’ve worked with Chris in several projects and he is unfailing in his attention to detail. His ability to get a part nailed, tracked and sent over in good time has had me returning to him over and over. Plus - his prices are an absolute bargain for the quality of service. Thoroughly recommended!

  11. Review by John Laudon
    by John Laudon

    I'm a music producer based in Hong Kong for the past 35 years, and Chris is an amazing drummer who has done a variety of tracks for me recently, including rock, pop, and brush drums tracks, even a tune that needed percussion and a cajon box. He is always is intuitive and nails what I want. His drum sound is also excellent, and he is quick to turn around tracks and revisions. Totally recommended!

Interview with Chris Barber Drums

  1. Q: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?

  2. A: I was the drummer for the LA-band Crazy Town. I toured the world with them for a year and made plenty of new friends and experiences.

  3. Q: What are you working on at the moment?

  4. A: I'm working on a 12 track album for a client in Chile.

  5. Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?

  6. A: No

  7. Q: Analog or digital and why?

  8. A: Digital - it's easier.

  9. Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

  10. A: I will work extremely hard to deliver the drum sound you're looking for, no matter how long it takes.

  11. Q: What do you like most about your job?

  12. A: Doing what I love for a living and being able to work when I want!

  13. Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

  14. A: How much do you charge per song? Prices start at £75 but vary depending on the project.

  15. Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?

  16. A: There is no work... There is always work available you just have to work hard to find it and be persistent.

  17. Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?

  18. A: Do you have any demo drum parts to listen to? Can you provide the BPM for your song? What kind of sound are you after?

  19. Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

  20. A: Be sure to select a drummer that is suited to your style of music. For example, you can check out my Youtube or Instagram videos to get an idea of the sound I get from my playing and studio - watch these first and if you like what you see we're good to go!

  21. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  22. A: Laptop, drum stool, practice pad, sticks & towel!

  23. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  24. A: Chris is a top UK session drummer with years of experience touring the world and recording with many different bands & artists including the LA-based rap/rock band Crazy Town, Manchester-based metal band Empires Fade & many more. Currently playing for Nottingham-based rock band Fast Car To Florence, Chris also runs an online drum recording service from his recording studio in the north of England, providing acoustic drum tracks remotely to bands, songwriters & producers worldwide.

  25. Q: How would you describe your style?

  26. A: Versatile, lots of energy and power when needed.

  27. Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?

  28. A: Angels & Airwaves because I love playing to their songs and my style is perfect for their sound!

  29. Q: Can you share one music production tip?

  30. A: When recording drums be sure to check the phase of EVERY microphone with the others by flipping the phase and listening out for any bass that's missing.

  31. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  32. A: Rock, Pop, Indie, Metal, Alternative, Gospel.

  33. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  34. A: Rock drumming is my strongest skill aside from drum recording, I'm also a very confident audio engineer, experienced in mixing drums especially.

  35. Q: What do you bring to a song?

  36. A: I specialise in rock drumming, but I'm also confident playing metal and pop music. My sound is very versatile and I own custom drum gear which means the kit I'm using is totally unique. I'm an experienced session drummer with years of experience playing live and recording with several different artists.

  37. Q: What's your typical work process?

  38. A: The usual process begins with you getting in touch with me online to discuss your music and the kind of service you're wanting. You can send your songs in whatever format works for you (mp3, WAV, MIDI) and include any demo drum parts that exist on your track, if you like. We can then go over the project together and negotiate a price that suits your budget, making sure that we are both happy before continuing. Next, I'll start working on the drum parts for your songs in the studio and have a few takes sent back within a couple of days. It's up to you whether you want me to follow a demo drum track you already have or create something completely fresh. Three revisions will be inclusive for each track which is easily enough 99% of the time, so don't be afraid to ask for things to be changed! When you're satisfied with the drums, I'll export each track individually in WAV format and send them to you via an email link. If you are using Logic and would prefer to receive the Logic session instead I can do that too. Finally, download your tracks online and drag the files straight into your DAW.

  39. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  40. A: I have a dedicated recording studio that is built specifically for drum recording. It has been acoustically treated and optimised to achieve an amazing drum sound. Featuring a selection of drum kits and microphones, with industry-standard AD converters and digital processing.

  41. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  42. A: Drummers such as Taylor Hawkins, Atom Willard and Eric Moore inspire me to be a better drummer. Music production-wise, I'd say Ash Soan inspires me to improve my drum production.

  43. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  44. A: Remote Drum Recording for Bands, Songwriters & Producers Worldwide.

I.D.F.I.A. by Fast Car To Florence

I was the Drummer, mixing engineer in this production

Terms Of Service

Drum tracks back within 48 hours with up to 3 revisions. Up to 30 multi-track stems at sample rates of up to 96kHZ. Additional services include editing and mixing, filming of the session and more.

GenresSounds Like
  • Foo Fighters
  • blink-182
  • The 1975
Gear Highlights
  • North Custom Drums
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • Remo Drum Heads
  • DW Drums
  • Shure Microphones
  • AKG Microphones
  • Audient Pre Amps
  • Logic Pro X
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  • Coronavirus UpdateAug 19, 2020

    Since the start of Covid-19 I realised remote recording would become my main source of income for the foreseeable future, so I have embraced it and I'm loving it!