|Birth Name:||Christopher Mario Testa|
|Birth Place:||Florham Park, NJ.|
Christopher Mario Testa (born March 8, 1973) is an American producer, mixer, engineer, re-recording mixer, sound designer and musician. He was born in Florham Park, NJ. He now resides in Los Angeles, California.
In the late 1990s Chris started his career as a drummer playing live gigs and doing sessions in and around the New York City area. In 2002 he got his first gig as an assistant engineer at the legendary, now defunct, Hit Factory Studios. He was the only person working there who didn't have any formal recording training. Even though he only worked there for a year it was enough time to work with many of rock, pop and hip hop's biggest stars such as Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Kanye West, J Lo, Beyoncé, and Justin Timberlake to name a few. After developing a relationship with Los Angeles producer's Jim Scott and John Fields he was convinced to make the move to Los Angeles to further his music career. He worked on many pop records working as engineer to producer John Fields with such pop artists as Pink, the Backstreet Boys, Mandy Moore and Switchfoot. Following that was a year stint at the legendary Cello Studios (the old United Western Recorders, the studio where the Beach Boys recorded Pet Sounds) working with fellow engineer and producer Jim Scott with such artists as Wilco, Tift Merritt, Kathleen Edwards, and Nikka Costa.
Jimmy Eat World "Chase This Light"
Immediately following work on The Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way", Chris went to Tempe, AZ to record with emo rock pioneers Jimmy Eat World on what would become "Chase This Light". He was signed on first to engineer the record with the band producing and the legendary Butch Vig acting as Executive Producer. He wound up participating in more ways than the band had originally envisioned and was granted a producer credit on the record by the band. The record went on to be Jimmy Eat World's highest debut ever, debuting on the Billboard Top 200 at number 5.
Other projects/solo work
- |title=Chris Testa Paul Simon "Surprise" credits|url=http://allmusic.com/album/surprise-r833883/credits%7Cpublisher=Allmusic.com%7Caccessdate=3 January 2012
- |title=Chris Testa Switchfoot "Nothing is Sound"|url=http://allmusic.com/album/nothing-is-sound-r783913/credits%7Cpublisher=Allmusic.com%7Caccessdate=3 January 2012
- |title=Chris Testa Kathleen Edwards credits|url=http://allmusic.com/album/back-to-me-r729145/credits%7Cpublisher=Allmusic.com%7Caccessdate=3 January 2012
- |title=Chris Testa Jimmy Eat World|url=http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1063415/jimmy-eat-world-finishing-up-eclectic-new-album%7Cpublisher=Billboard%7Caccessdate=4 January 2012
- |title=Chris Testa Jimmy Eat World Producing|url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1536957/jimmy-eat-world-uniting-with-nirvana-producer.jhtml?headlines=true%7Cpublisher=MTV.com%7Caccessdate=3 January 2012
- |title=Chase This Light- Jimmy Eat World|url=Template:Artist=jimmy eat world|publisher=Billboard|accessdate=1 December 2011
- |title=Jimmy Eat World- Chase This Light|url=Template:BillboardURLbyName|publisher=Billboard|accessdate=1 December 2011