Charles Ruggiero

Drummer, Producer, Mixer.

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Professional Drummer from NY (living in LA) with 35+ years of recording, touring, production, and mixing experience ready to deliver exactly what you're looking for.

I love making music with other people and creating something great - together. Aside from high quality drumming, creativity & collaboration are my strong suits. I've been in bands for as long as I've been playing, but I've also been a hired gun so I'm just as comfortable if you tell me "I have no idea what this should sound like" as I am if you say "play exactly this."

I also produce and mix, (I have 6 records of my own out!) so I know all the things that go into making music and I know how to cater and deliver the best possible track(s) for you from just a stereo two track for demoing to full mixed multitrack drums and percussion. I'm confident that my playing speaks for itself, as do my credits (see below), so I guess what I'd like to say (on this tinder for collaborative artists :) is this:

Whether you're looking for someone to give you what you already hear, or create something new to add life to your music, I'm your guy. I look forward to working with you!

Feel free to reach out and let's start a conversation about your music!

Click the 'Contact' above to get in touch. Looking forward to hearing from you.

10 Reviews

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  1. Review by Sean Hurley
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    I’m a big fan of Charles’ playing, and as a bassist, I’m very particular about what I look for in a drummer. He’s got it all: groove, dynamics, creative ideas and great sounds. You can’t gone wrong with Charles on your track!

  2. Review by Glen Forrest
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    Charles is the quintessential modern drummer! Equally adept at multiple genres of music Big "C" lays down the groove and foundation every single time. His talents not only as a musician but as a songwriter and arranger makes him an incredible asset to any project. He has decades of stage and studio experience without the ego and always brings the positive energy which is so conducive to a successful session. Whether it's a tender ballad or an all out rocker Charles has that magic feel. He lives and breathes music and his playing speaks for itself. 5 stars is not enough for this guy!

  3. Review by Pat Harrington
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    Charles is an innovative drummer who is also an excellent arranger and real solid dude. I’ve recorded many an album, played many a show and traveled many miles with Charles and he is one of the most talented people I’ve ever worked with. An asset to any recording project, he’s a dynamic force behind the drum kit who knows how to bring out the best in everyone around him. He’s the guy you’re looking for.

  4. Review by Howard Snodgrass
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    Charles is my drummer. He brings groove, joy, and a creative flair to every situation. He can play anything, but excels at bringing each track exactly what it needs without any empty calories. He should be your drummer too. Check him out: https://howardsnodgrass.com/

  5. Review by Peter Smith
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    Charles makes every musical situation feel good. He’s truly a first-call drummer of the highest order, and he’s a good guy, too.

  6. Review by Tony Grimes
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    Charles is not only an amazing drummer but also a great guy! So easy to work with and so enthusiastic about music. Any project he contributes to will bring the level of quality up a thousand notches. He is pure magic.

  7. Review by James Lugo
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    Charles is such an amazing drummer and musician and a good dude. So creative and can bang that click for real. My favorite session drummer I've ever used.

  8. Review by Secret World Studios
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    Charles is a master of his craft. His creativity, pocket and thoughtfulness to each song is inspiring to his fellow musicians. Charles has been a go artist, at Secret World, for over a decade.

  9. Review by Tony Guerrero
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    I meant “says a lot”!

  10. Review by Tony Guerrero
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    Charles is easily one of the best out there. His resume says a oot but his playing says way more. Consider yourself lucky you found him here!

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Terms Of Service

Unlimited revisions (within reason.) Turn around times depend on many variables but I work fast so there's that. Basically I'll work with you to get you what you need in the time you need it.

GenresSounds Like
  • Jeff Porcaro
  • John Bonham
  • Philly Joe Jones
Gear Highlights
  • I endorse Yamaha Drums
  • and Zildjian Cymbals. I have state of the art and industry standard mics and recording equipment in my home studio. I also have working relationships with 3 professional studios in LA if your budget allows.
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