Garey Williams

Session Drummer

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Garey Williams is available for online recordings. He is sought after for his sensitivity, creativity, virtuoso technical abilities, sight reading skills, and his ability to play what is tasteful and appropriate in any and every musical setting. Garey's playing has been compared to Vinnie Colaiuta, Peter Erskine , Chad Wackerman to Dave Weckl.

Session musician with 18+ years of studio drumming experience, my tracks focus on delivering the most musical performance with the perfect part for your songs. My drumming approach emphasis on energy, groove, sound, and vibe. My goal is to provide the writer's vision and serve the song by enhancing without ever distracting. The perfect part!

Hi, my name is Garey Williams. I have drummed for local, regional and national artists including Diana Krall, Eddie Daniels, Howard Roberts, Michael Powers, Darren Motamody, Seattle Repertory Jazz Orchestra, Jazz Police, Full Circle Jazz Ensemble, Groove for Thought and numerous up and coming artist.

I've been doing online and in-person sessions for numerous artists- my roots are in Rock n Roll and I've musically expanded out from there into Pop, R&B, Latin, Jazz, Folk to Fusion. I have my own solo project called Ecstasy In Numbers. I’m endorsed by Ludwig, Sabian, Remo, Innovative Percussion and LP.

I record drum tracks at my own state-of-the art facility. The room is acoustically treated with a great room sound and great mics. I am committed to working with the artist to create THE drum part you deserve :-)

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

8 Reviews

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  1. Review by Robert VonFeldt
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    by Robert VonFeldt

    Working with Garey is always a pleasure. Garey was my first call drummer at the studio where I worked. He listened to the midi drums, made his notes on the chart, cut the track, and added his own embellishments. One session comes to mind in which he played to sequenced tracks. After the first take, he came in the control room to listen back and even though it was dead on the click, he wanted another pass to help the drums sit better in the track and intentionally played slightly off the click! He was right and it helped the track. Garey can play any genre, is easy to work with and fast!

  2. Review by Jeff Snedeker
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    by Jeff Snedeker

    I have known Garey Williams for almost three decades. I've had the pleasure of working with him on my jazz recordings. I've also worked with him live. He is one of the most melodic and musical drummers around--he is just the best! Easy to work with, responsive, and knows how to "drive the bus"! Hire him if you want it done well!

  3. Review by Osama Afifi
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    Since moving to the Northwest in 2005 I have had the opportunity to play live and record with Garey Williams on numerous occasions. He always brings total professionalism and a thick groove to any musical situation. Being that I’m a Bass player the Drummer is utmost importance to me and Garey always delivers 110%!!

  4. Review by Rick White
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    by Rick White

    Garey is one of the finest drummers/technicians I have ever played with but beyond this is his musicality. Gareys intent with every thing I've heard him play is the SONG and being true to the composers/performers intentions. It is without reservation that I recomend him for any project.

  5. Review by Magid Mina
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    by Magid Mina

    Garey is one of the most incredible drummers I’ve heard and worked with. He is always prepared, has unbelievable technical skills and the ability to quickly nail any performance needed. In addition to his great playing, he also knows how to tune his drums to achieve amazing tones.

  6. Review by Frank S.
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    Garey Williams is one of the most versatile, musical, and dynamic musicians I’ve ever worked with. He is truly a world class drum set artist, and also one of the most in demand studio musicians in the Northwest. I’ve known and played music with Garey for over 30 years. Whatever the musical situation has been, Garey has always risen to the occasion to deliver outstanding drum parts. His efficiency in the studio is exceptional, and he is a consummate professional to work with.

  7. Review by Wayne Bliss, Owner, Blissman Studios, Tacoma, WA
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    by Wayne Bliss, Owner, Blissman Studios, Tacoma, WA

    Garey Williams is a consummate professional who brings a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm to the drum set. His artistic approach, combined with his flawless technique, have made him a very much sought after musician in the Pacific Northwest. I have worked with Garey both as a musician and as an audio engineer for over 30 years and you will find no one better for recording drums in the studio. His meticulous attention to his drums, his sound, his cymbals and his approach make him an extremely versatile drummer in a recording environment.

  8. Review by Rande Reed
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    by Rande Reed

    Garey has been my go-to percussionist for 10 years spanning many recording projects. No matter what genre I throw at him he consistently interprets it flawlessly and with precision. He seems to have an innate sense of how to properly execute whatever he's being called on to perform. Garey also has a positive can-do attitude that makes him a joy to work with.

    Rande Reed
    Independent composer/arranger/musician

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Discounts available for multiple songs. Willing to do three revisions per song. Contact me for pricing details and my commitment to your music.

GenresSounds Like
  • The Manhattan Transfer
  • Mike Stern
  • The Yellow Jackets
Gear Highlights
  • Ludwig Drums
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • Remo Drumheads
  • Innovative Percussion sticks
  • Solomon Subkick and Shure Microphones Beta 52A for kick
  • SM57's for the SD
  • Beta 52 for toms
  • SM81 for HH
  • KSM141's for overheads
  • Oktava MK-219A room mic.
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