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You asked for it… You got it. Deane opens the coffers and doles out a boatload of advice on the art of being a recording session musician, featuring HitHead questions from Nashville to New York in this first edition of the HitHead Session Musician Mailbag. Because of the amazing OTH community, our cup runneth over, so we decided it was time. Sit back, eat popcorn, and drink deep.

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Direct download: Ep48_Hitheadz_Mailbag_1_150325.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 7:36 PM
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If you would have asked a young Aeralie Brighton what she was going to do when she grew up, she likely would have dreamed out loud, "I'm going to Disneyland!", having played princess as a kid and imagined someday hearing her voice through the theme park's PA system. But as she explains to Deane in her turn in the OTH hotseat, Aeralie did grow up… and then she ran about as far from her dreams as one can. Not until holding down numerous jobs, going to school to be a virologist, and eventually enlisting in war torn Iraq as a soldier in the United States Army, did Aeralie finally find her way to Los Angeles as one of a million wide-eyed hopefuls seeking a career in music. Well… that was 18 months ago, which explains why her story is one of sheer will power, hard-fought opportunity, and the inner drive to succeed and be happy — all qualities that have set Aeralie Brighton on a path to being one of the most in-demand video game and cinematic vocalists working today.

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Direct download: Ep47_AERALIE-BRIGHTON_150318.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 12:02 AM
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Unless you were living in a cave in 1990, you were well aware of the stranglehold that American hard rock band FireHouse had on radio and MTV with their breakthrough hits "Don't Treat Me Bad", "All She Wrote", and the timeless anthem "Love of a Lifetime". A major driving force behind their unique sound and songwriting swagger was Bill Leverty, guitarist and founding member of the multi-platinum band. Deane chats with Bill across continents in this episode of OTH and Bill gives the rundown on late 80's/early 90's hard rock and glam metal, how FireHouse came to be, and how the industry changes throughout the decades have only made them better, bolder, and more in demand than ever as an international act. Bill also talks about his younger years as an East Coast kid, how his diverse tastes in music helped shape his distinctive style of Southern soul and heavy rock, and what he sees in the younger generation today that gives him big hope for the future of rock and roll. 

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Direct download: Ep46_BILL-LEVERTY_150304.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 8:56 AM
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This week Deane launched his newest resource project, Rebel Creative, at rebelcreative.netRebel Creative is an interactive discussion of daring ideas for fearless creative artists — the topics, concerns and details of running a global artistic business as a creative entrepreneur. Each week, Deane answers your creative business questions and addresses the heaviest concerns weighing on creative artists in today’s tumultuous and shifting worldwide artistic climate. On this episode of OTH, Deane provides a look into what the new show is all about and explains how you can be part of the interactive RC community right away. 

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Direct download: OTH045_RebelCreativeLaunch_150226.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 9:48 PM
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There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who have hung out on Neil Peart's couch and those who have not. LA-based recording and touring drummer, composer, producer and songwriter Chris O'Brien has, but that was just a blip on the screen of what would follow for Chris' own musical career. Now, after spending the majority of his last couple decades in the City of Angels, Chris has found solace further north up the 101 freeway in a place more suited to his artistic sensibilities and has done some of his best work as a result. With a run spanning more than thirty years, Chris has played with numerous acts including world music icon Shankar, Tina Arena, Zappacosta, and Al Slavik, to name a few. Chris' world/funk/rock side-project OB6 has released several albums enabling him to hone his own personal brand of infectious groove in various configurations and genres. Chris and Deane talk drums, production, West Coast living, and auditions and Neil. I mean, c'mon… Who doesn't want to talk about Neil? 

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Also, Deane's newest resource, Rebel Creative launches this coming February 23, 2015. Be sure to visit RebelCreative.net to sign up for more information and to submit your artistic business questions which could potentially be featured on the upcoming podcast. 

Visit OnTheHit.com for all your OTH needs and to sign up for the "OTH VIP" subscriber list where you'll receive bonus material and exclusives available only to VIP members!

Direct download: Ep44_CHRIS-OBRIEN_150218.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 11:00 AM
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In this second of a two-part episode, Deane continues his conversation with music business veteran Chris Boardman from OTH41, one of the most popular episodes in the OTH pantheon. Deane and Chris go super deep into what they believe is a coming resuscitation of the music industry, how social media and online networking is shaping collaborations and productions worldwide, as well as Chris' experiences with luminaries like Quincy Jones, Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney.

This episode of OTH is sponsored by lynda.com. Invest in yourself and sign up for a FREE 10-day trial to lynda.com by visiting lynda.com/onthehit.

Also, Deane's newest resource, Rebel Creative launches in one week. Be sure to visit RebelCreative.net to sign up for more information and to submit your artistic business questions which could potentially be featured on the upcoming podcast.

Visit OnTheHit.com for all your OTH needs and to sign up for the "OTH VIP" subscriber list where you'll receive bonus material and exclusives available only to VIP members!

Direct download: OTH043_ChrisBoardman-Pt2_150211.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 9:00 AM
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Julie Elven is a nervous wreck. Which is crazy seeing as she's one of the most sought-after cinematic vocalists working today and could step up to a microphone and knock you into next week with her voice. At only twenty-four, and with just a couple years of professional singing under her belt, Julie has managed to rack up a resume that would make most decorated veteran divas fume from the corner with green-eyed envy. After Deane calms her down and convinces her nothing too terribly bad is going to happen, Julie talks about her secret double life, her aversion to MIDI, her views on the sudden popularity of female vocalists in trailer music, her brief flirtation with Goth nail polish, and how a childhood trauma inspired her to shine light to children struggling to find their own voice. 

Get in on the ground floor of Deane's newest resource, The Rebel Creative, by visiting RebelCreative.net and submitting your artistic business questions to be potentially featured on the upcoming podcast.

Visit OnTheHit.com for all your OTH needs and to sign up for the "OTH VIP" subscriber list where you'll receive bonus material and exclusives available only to VIP members!

Direct download: OTH042_JulieElven_150114.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 2:03 AM
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Music business veteran Chris Boardman knows the true value of a hard left turn. After nearly forty years as a top-call Hollywood music director, arranger and orchestrator, Chris is cutting a new creative swath as a mentor to emerging musicians and an authority on the role of social media in music as a professor at University of Miami's Frost School of Music. Before discussing Chris' years as righthand man for Quincy Jones, Michael Kamen, Tom Jones, Bing Crosby and more in this two-part OTH series, Deane and Chris go super deep into what they believe is a coming resuscitation of the music industry, how social media and online networking is shaping collaborations and productions worldwide, and why a major reality check in Chris' own life shook him to the core and pushed him to rethink what was really important in his creative endeavors. 

Also, get in on the ground floor of Deane's newest resource, The Rebel Creative, by visiting RebelCreative.net and submitting your artistic business questions to be potentially featured on the upcoming podcast.

Visit OnTheHit.com for all your OTH needs and to sign up for the "OTH VIP" subscriber list where you'll receive bonus material and exclusives available only to VIP members!

Direct download: OTH041_ChrisBoardman-Pt1_150107.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 5:24 PM
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To get the best work out of a legend, you sorta have to be one yourself. From essentially introducing the world to the commercially predominate lineup of Buckingham-era Fleetwood Mac, to launching the long chart-topping reign of British/American arena rock gods Foreigner, to acclaimed records for Santana, Whitesnake, The Scorpions, Rick Springfield, Pat Benatar and dozens more, iconic producer Keith Olsen has shaped the last forty years of rock history like no one else. In this very special OTH, Deane gets to hang with a guy who produced some of the most enduring music ever committed to tape, and Keith doesn't disappoint with the chronology of how it all went down, laying out the straight dope on every ragged rock n' roll urban legend that Deane throws at him. It's an unforgettable OTH for the ages with a true jukebox hero, Mr. Keith Olsen on this fortieth episode of ON THE HIT with DEANE OGDEN. 

Also, get in on the ground floor of Deane's newest resource, The Rebel Creative, by visiting RebelCreative.net and submitting your artistic business questions to be potentially featured on the upcoming podcast.

Visit OnTheHit.com for all your OTH needs and to sign up for the "OTH VIP" subscriber list where you'll receive bonus material and exclusives available only to VIP members!

Direct download: OTH040_KeithOlsen_141217.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 5:19 AM
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As he's been teasing for weeks, Deane announces a special venture he's launching at the start of 2015 called The Rebel Creative, a resource that is tailor made for artists and creative entrepreneurs. In this special "solosode" of OTH, Deane talks through the new resource and explains why he's bullish on total artistic and creative freedom and happiness. 

Visit OnTheHit.com for all your OTH needs and to sign up for the "OTH VIP" subscriber list where you'll receive bonus material and exclusives available only to VIP members!

Direct download: OTH039_RC_Prelaunch_141210.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 11:29 PM
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