Chris Barber Drums

UK Session Drummer | Pop/Rock

17 Reviews (9 Verified)
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With over 10 years of professional live and studio experience, Chris has toured all over the world playing for bands such as ‘Crazy Town’ ‘Empires Fade’ and ‘Fast Car To Florence’, to name a few. He has worked on countless studio projects including the soundtrack to the Indian film ‘Johaar’ released in 2020.

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'm currently playing for Isaac Anderson.
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.

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Discogs verified credits for Chris Barber (9)
  • Empires Fade
  • Fast Car To Florence
  • Fast Car To Florence
  • Fast Car To Florence
  • Turbulence (16)
  • Jed Davis
  • The Sun Sawed In 1/2
  • George Theodorou

17 Reviews - 3 Repeat Clients

Endorse Chris Barber Drums
  1. Review by Eddie
    by Eddie

    Amazingly quick turnaround and the drums sound incredible, a great choice of mics and preamps from Chris, three very solid takes to choose from. It was very hard to pick the ones I liked because they were all so good! I dropped the Drums straight into the track no trouble. The playing style is amazing and perfect for the track. All-round great experience would highly recommend Chris

  2. Review by Dan K.
    by Dan K.

    Wow! Just wow! Drummers of such caliber are extremely rare! I've sent Chris all kinds of songs, some of them initially written to triple-layered drum-machines and he managed to nail absolutely every one of them. I cannot believe how detailed the recordings are and how much energy is injected into every song. TOP LEVEL musician with a very very bright future!

  3. Review by Dan K.
    by Dan K.

    Chris is such a phenomenal musician, who can hear the subtlest of nuances in a song and emphasize them on the drums. He always plays with such passion and energy that any track really blossoms. He is also extremely fast to deliver the recordings and always goes the extra mile to include varieties of takes. His recording quality, mic positioning, and room sound is just absolutely top-level. I am very happy to be working with Chris! I wish there was an option to rate at 10 stars or 20 stars!

  4. Review by Jack Ryan

    Chris is a master drummer who performs passionately and precisely under direction but also has the ability to implement his sharp creative edge when necessary. Highly recommend.

  5. Review by Mike Vermeil

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

  6. 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!

  7. Review by michael z.

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. Review by Jp Jones - John-Paul Jones Group
    by Jp Jones - John-Paul Jones Group

    Chris has done a great job for me on the last album I released.

  11. Review by John Miller
    by John Miller

    From start to finish, Chris was an absolute professional. His attention to detail and dedication to delivering the best possible performance was evident in every take.

    In the studio, Chris was able to effortlessly switch between a wide range of musical styles, adapting his playing to fit the needs of each song. His versatility as a drummer is truly impressive, and he consistently brought a fresh and creative approach to each track.

  12. 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!

  13. 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.

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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: What's your 'promise' to your clients?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  12. 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?

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

  14. 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!

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

  16. 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.

  17. Q: How would you describe your style?

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

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

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

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

  22. 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.

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

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

  25. Q: What's your strongest skill?

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

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

  28. 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.

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

  30. 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.

  31. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  32. 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.

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

  34. 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.

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

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

*Drum Demo, 2 Kits*

I was the Drummer, Mix 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
  • Taylor Hawkins
  • Travis Barker
Gear Highlights
  • DW Collectors Series Cherry/Spruce Kit
  • North Custom Drums
  • Sabian Cymbals
  • Remo Drum Heads
  • DW Drums
  • Shure Microphones
  • AKG Microphones
  • Audient Pre Amps
  • Logic Pro X
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  • On Tour until mid FebruaryJan 27, 2023

    Currently on tour in Europe until the middle of February, so I won’t be back in the studio until then. Feel free to send submissions before then though! 

  • New DW Collectors series kitJan 06, 2023

    I’m so excited to have my brand new DW collectors series kit in the studio! It’s a 4 piece Cherry/Spruce shell set which sounds incredible, especially for recording. 

    The sizes are: 22x16 kick 10x8 rack Tom 12x9 rack Tom 16x16 Floor Tom 

    Head over to my Instagram or YouTube channel to see videos! 

  • 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!