My name is Christopher Garrido (a.k.a. C-Gar). I compose / produce electronic dance music. Mainly in the progressive, trance, and vocal trance genres. I am originally a native of Miami, FL USA. I'm of Cuban descent I currently live and work in sunny Santa Barbara, CA.
I am an independent artist and I've created this site to help spread the word about my music. I hope you enjoy my tunes and I appreciate any and all feedback!
I was born in Miami FL, USA in 1980. I lived most my youth in South Florida but have recently moved to California where I currently reside.
While studying Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in Digital Audio at the University of Miami in late 1999, I was immediately drawn into the electronic dance music scene. Attending clubs like Shadow Lounge, Level (now Mansion), Club Space, etc.. to the likes of George Acosta, Edgar V, Paul van Dyke, Tiesto et al, I quickly found myself addicted to dance music: trance and progressive in particular.
In 2002, I got a copy of Fruity Loops music software and made my first beat. It was cheesy as hell but afterwards I was hooked! Since then I've switched to Logic, really honed my skills and have found my sound. I continue to produce dance music with every spare minute I get. It keeps my world moving...
Style & Influences
These days I'm really diggin' where electronic music is going. It has evolved so much since the 1999 ubiquitous trance anthems. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind those every once in a while, but the genre as a whole has bloomed into some many things. I really dig nice techy grooves with good progressive basslines. I also really vibe on good song structures with vibrant melodies and strong chord progressions. I must have music that strong rhythms and takes me somewhere. So I guess the anthems live on in a way but it's totally evolved in my mind... I definitely enjoy the vocal tracks a lot. Some of todays popular singers are just so amazing. I'm hope I'm fortunate enough to work with some of them in the future
Some of my favorite producers at the moment:
|Above & Beyond||Aly & Fila||Armin van Buuren|
|John O'Callahan||Kyau & Albert||Marco V|
|Markus Schulz||Ojan Neilen||Sander van Doorn|
|Stoneface & Terminal||Tritonal|
Some of my favorite vocalists are:
|Jes||Julie Thompson||Kirsty Hawkshaw|
Dance music of course ;-). Movies, Sunlight, Beaches, Drinking, Huge Club Events, Dancing, Being Lazy, Family, Good Friends, Eatings, etc etc
Master's in Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Miami 2005
Bachelor's in Electrical Engineering, University of Miami 2002