Recording artist and studio musician Deane Ogden talks one on one with the most intriguing personalities in rock, pop, R&B, jazz and country music — the artists, musicians and moguls who’ve created music history as we know it today.

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For more than 20 years, Deane and preeminent radio producer Rick Allen have crossed paths numerous times, even developing a friendship over the last decade, but still have yet to meet in person. During the course of this OTH debriefing, Rick and Deane figure out that they first connected via the airwaves in the mid-1980's when Rick designed the radio idents for Z100, a Hot 100 Portland, Oregon radio station that Deane relied on for his education in pop music. Rick also reveals how he started in broadcasting at the tender age of fifteen and outlines the changes that took their toll on terrestrial radio over the ensuing years. Finally, an important conversation is had concerning the differences between successful and unsuccessful creatives, the causes therein, and the secrets to becoming a well-rounded business savvy artist. 

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If you look up "master musician" in the dictionary you'll find a picture of Gregg Kofi Brown in the margin. With a career spanning more than 40 years, Gregg has literally seen it all — from the late 1960's psychedelic scene to the current post-album digital rubble of the music biz. Aside from his central role as co-leader of the legendary ethno-rock band Osibisa, Gregg has toured and worked with everyone from Joe Cocker to Isaac Hayes, Sting to Robbie Williams. Deane gets Gregg in the OTH hotseat to chat about his musical journey which stretches from his Memphis roots to his teen years on the Sunset Strip to his current home base in London. Gregg treats with story after story from his fascinating life as a journeyman writer and performer and provides a true glimpse into what is possible when you give your heart and soul for the cause of rock and roll. 

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Jon Knox grew up in church and eventually became the drummer for the pioneering Christian rock band White Heart as well as a busy LA session player and producer. OTH host Deane Ogden grew up in church and eventually became a recording artist as well as a busy LA session player and producer… as well as a guy who used to sneak backstage at Jon Knox's shows to watch him play and then basically think about quitting the drums shortly thereafter. Today, Jon surrenders to an OTH debriefing which allows Deane the chance after all these years to ask him about his OC upbringing, his favorite drummers, and his invitation into the White Heart family just prior to them recording their unforgettable "Highlands" record in 1993. Amazingly, the guys also find time to talk at length about EDM, the importance of great bass players, and David Hasselhoff. Whut?? Um… I did say 'amazingly', did I not? 

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Category:music -- posted at: 5:32 PM
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Chicken gravy, KISS, old-school pizza parlors, BMX bike stunts, flooded studios, Galaga, babysitting, and eventually… music making — that aptly describes the meandering path of this wild and wooly conversation between Deane and his old pal Steve Ouimette, guitarist and music producer behind the acclaimed video game franchises "Guitar Hero" and "Just Dance". After the guys reminisce about growing up as latchkey kids in 1970's America, the talk turns to Steve's method of note-by-note hit recreation for music performance console games and how his childhood obsession as a studio hound in San Francisco prepared him for a life of dialing in crisp tones and carving serious grooves. 

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Category:music -- posted at: 8:38 AM
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Of all the guests who've taken their turn in the OTH hotseat, nobody has left Deane quite as twitterpated as Miriam Stockley. The legendary vocalist stops by to chat about her illustrious career singing for the likes of Elton John, Tina Turner, George Michael, Mike Oldfield, Chaka Khan, Freddie Mercury, Seal, and dozens more. As the driving vocal force behind the iconic 1994 hit record "Songs of Sanctuary" with Karl Jenkins, Miriam explains the magic behind the artistic and technological achievement of recording the groundbreaking "Adiemus" and how her pioneering use of invented language, now known as "vocalese", has carried through to her music even today. From there, Deane and Miriam explore a discussion of the human voice and its power over cultures and history. Finally, Miriam describes her South African upbringing, her experience with her sister as a teenage pop-duo phenom, and the pilgrimage to London to cast her lot as a professional studio singer. Oh yeah, and… doggies. 

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Category:music -- posted at: 1:24 AM
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Smash Mouth guitarist Sean Hurwitz takes advantage of his OTH turn by cruelly forcing Deane to reminisce about their early days as sales guys at Guitar Center and their nights as gigging musicians at the turn of the millennium. Deane pulls the story out of Sean of how he decided to take up guitar at thirteen after experiencing what he's now convinced were three of the coolest moments of his musical youth. This leads to a serious discussion on whether music conspires with events in life to create certain trajectories for Creatives. Weighty stuff, indeed. Sean also talks about the trials and tribulations in his quest to find true passion in music and the challenge of staying inspired when things feel like they couldn't get much better than they already are. All this plus why Richie Sambora is so damned cool, the logistics of avoiding suicide bombings, and how being lied to can actually end up being the perfect substitution for going into the Army. Huh? Well, just listen and find out. 

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Category:music -- posted at: 12:35 AM
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Deane hooks up with his old buddy Jeff Dean, LA session bassist and producer, for a few lessons on what folks are doing wrong in recording professional bass tracks these days. Jeff has played with a ton of acts over the years and has also produced hours upon hours of music for loads of TV shows, so his studio prowess is as pro as it gets. Jeff talks to Deane about his newfound love of creating original instruments, how he started as a seventeen year-old on the Sunset Strip playing in bands, his year at BIT in Hollywood, and how his career in production music has made him a better engineer. Deane also asks Jeff about his philosophy on session preparation and how he deals with blocking out the distractions that come with recording in 21st century workspaces. 

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After months and months of chasing each other around the world, Deane finally eats dinner with renowned symphonic flutist Sara Andon in Los Angeles and grills her on the seemingly endless streak of world tours, special engagements and featured solo performances she's on. Sara details her whirlwind life as an in-demand performer and recording musician, speaking candidly and passionately about her love of symphonic music and what it takes to withstand the pressure cooker of the Los Angeles classical scene. She also explains how several unexpected connections led her to put away her plan to become a professional science geek for a career in professional music. 

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Nobody in the LA session scene has seen or done more and lived to tell the tale than Hollywood trumpet legend Rick Baptist. A wunderkind who cut his teeth in Bay Area big band and latin soul outfits during the late '60's, Rick became a card-carrying union player at the age of twelve and has been hellbent for leather ever since, working with such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Jerry Lewis, David Foster, Jerry Goldsmith, Sammy Davis Jr., Tears for Fears, Pharrell Williams, Etta James, Hans Zimmer, Natalie Cole, Paul Anka, Joe Cocker, and Ray Charles. Deane hooks up with Rick in Los Angeles for story after story detailing Rick's incredible career run on more than 1,200 studio feature films and countless television shows over the past four decades and how he is now working hard to preserve the health of the business for future generations of recording musicians. 

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Category:music -- posted at: 12:47 AM
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Deane celebrates the 20th episode of OTH with the great Paul Taylor of Winger, Alice Cooper, Steve Perry, and Cinderella fame! Paul and Deane journey into the thick of the late-80's LA rock scene after Paul recounts his formative Bay Area friendships with cats like Eric Martin and Country Joe McDonald. He also explains the story behind his friendship with Kip Winger and how it led to the formation of one of MTV's hottest 80's rock acts, what it was like co-writing songs with the legendary Steve Perry, and why he's sold on the Nashville scene these days as the central hub of his musical output.

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Category:music -- posted at: 2:28 AM
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