Darren Garvey
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Darren Garvey

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2010 | SELF

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2010
Solo Alternative Indie




"Underwater Sunshine Podcast"

"He's one of my favorite percussionists! His ability to play with a band acoustically and just invent, use a million percussion instruments to recreate a drum sound in an acoustic setting; he's an absolute artist with that...I love his percussion, but I love Darren's harmonies. He's such a good harmony singer as well, just really complimentary." - Adam Duritz (Counting Crows)

"Heart Attack Sleeves"

"Out of the ashes of Elephant Revival, comes the first solo release from any of the members...from the Bon Iver-esque presentation of First of the Year to the soft finger-picking of The Reason, to the dark, industrial synth of Detour Garvey puts forth a diverse and raw collection of highly personal tracks...and finally places his art out in front." - Marquee Magazine

"Your Heart The Stars The Milky Way"

Said about Daniel Rodriguez' album produced by Darren Garvey: "I've played the entire EP 'Your Heart The Stars The Milky Way' every day since...It's just got something that you want to hear again, something healing and good at its core...Do yourself a favor and play the whole EP, and do that again. And again." - Wesley Schultz (The Lumineers)

"Darren Garvey: The Music Should Flow Freely"

"Garvey is a bundle of creativity and passion packaged in a relaxed, softspoken exterior...he is not a prisoner of old formulas. His music expresses helplessness and vulnerability. It is dark and introspective, while managing at the same time to express optimism." - www.indiemusicchicago.com

"Editor's Pick"

"Deftly mixing jazz, folk, chamber pop, indie rock, and world music, this album is refreshingly varied in its restless, border-crossing musicality. Garvey, a veteran of world/experimental group Andreas Kapsalis Trio (among others), plays a roomful of instruments (honestly, the list of what he played on this album makes me salivate) and he brings in a good number of guest artists as well, to play horns, strings, flute, and more. A drummer by trade, Garvey is adept at incorporating sly grooves and rhythmic counterpoints into his songs, without distracting from melodic and chordal variations. It’s seriously interesting and engaging music that never imitates, but sometimes calls to mind similarly restless artists as Andrew Bird or Kaki King. This is good, good stuff." - CD Baby


Solo Releases:
Darren Garvey - Under A Common Ceiling
Darren Garvey - Heart Attack Sleeves
Darren Garvey - Miss Liberty
Thunder and Snow - Solve
Highscraper - No Better No Better

As an instrumentalist, sideman, producer:
Algernon - Charlie Changed His Mind
Andreas Kapsalis Trio - Original Scores
Andreas Kapsalis Trio - s/t
Bosco & Jorge - Tight Ship EP
Buddy Nuisance - Messy Lives Of All Shapes And Sizes
Cameron McGill & What Army - Is A Beast
Cameron McGIll & What Army - Deserters
Cameron McGill & What Army - Madeline Every Girl
Cameron McGill & What Army - Two Hits A Miss
Cameron McGill & What Army - Warm Songs For Cold Shoulders
Canyon Spells - Now That We're Gone
Chicago Farmer - Midwest Side Stories
Chicago Farmer - Backenforth, IL
Circles Around The Sun - Circles Around The Sun
Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons - Minnesota Beatles Project
Daniel and the Lion - Death Head
Daniel and the Lion - East
Daniel and the Lion - Sweet Teeth
Daniel Rodriguez - Your Heart The Stars The Milky Way
Daniel Rodriguez - Sojourn of a Burning Sun
Dickie - Dickie
Ernie Hendrickson - Down the Road
Head for the Hills - Say Your Mind
Highscraper - No Better No Better
Kelly Steward - Tales and Tributes of the Deserving and Not So
L'Altra - Telepathic
L'Altra - Favorite Flavor
Like Pioneers - Piecemeal
Lindsay Anderson - If
Mackenzie Page - Sweet Nostalgia
Michael Heaton - Learning Curve
Mike Maimone - Open Mic Nights, Empty Bottle Mornings
Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts - OHBAHOY
Miles Nielsen and The Rusted Hearts - Heavy Metal
Miles Nielsen - Presents The Rusted Hearts
Paper Arrows - Good News For Love
Paper Arrows - Days of Getting By
Paper Arrows - In The Morning
Paper Arrows - Things We Would Rather Lose
Paper Arrows - Look Alive
Same Waves - Algorithm of Desire
The Heartstrings Project - The Line
Thunder and Snow - Solve
Todd Kessler and The New Folk - Sea Fever
W.W. Lowman - Plain Songs



A SEASONED DRUMMER AND PERCUSSIONIST with an obsession for writing and crafting songs, Darren Garvey continues to establish himself as a musical polymath, producer, and idiosyncratic songwriter with heavy-hearted lyrics and clever arrangements. Associated with Chicago's independent music scene since the mid-90s as an active touring and session musician, Garvey joined Elephant Revival in 2016 and relocated to Colorado where he currently resides.  With the band on hiatus Darren has been performing with Daniel Rodriguez, Shook Twins, Bonnie Paine, Courtney Hartman, Steve Poltz, Danny Barnes, We Dream Dawn, John Craigie, and Lindsay Lou. 

AS A MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST Darren writes, arranges, produces, and performs virtually every sound and instrument on his solo recordings and plays a majority of the instruments on the records that he produces.  Garvey has released a handful of albums under his own name that explore his imaginative songwriting and showcase his depth of musicianship, but he is best known for his collaborative projects as a creative and passionate team player.  Darren recently cowrote and produced the single Colorado with Daniel Rodriguez which premiered on Colorado Public Radio and features Andrew Marlin (Mandolin Orange), Daniel McMahon (Miles Nielsen), Natalie Padilla (Masontown), and vocalist Carolyn Hunter.

PRODUCING RECORDS for select bands, Daniel and the Lion's album Death Head caught the attention of Adam Duritz who invited Garvey and the band out on tour with Counting Crows in 2014.  Once again, Darren's production of Elephant Revival bandmate Daniel Rodriguez's debut solo EP Your Heart The Stars The Milky Way helped land Daniel and Darren on The Lumineers 2020 world tour in the US and Canada.  Named a top 20 Colorado release of 2019 by Marquee Magazine, Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers says "it's just got something that you want to hear again, something healing and good at its core."

DARREN HAS BEEN ON TOUR for over two decades with performances at venues such as the Ryman Auditorium, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Hearst Greek Theatre, and Germany’s Rockpalast.  He is a member of Colorado’s transcendental folk darlings Elephant Revival and lives with his wife and two daughters in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Much of Darren’s legacy can be found in the huge fingerprint that he left on the Midwest independent music scene with bands like Cameron McGill & What Army, Andreas Kapsalis Trio, Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts, Daniel and the Lion, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons, Like Pioneers, Ernie Hendrickson, Chicago Farmer, and Paper Arrows among others.