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Becoming a gold and platinum-selling songwriter doesn't come easy, but when you apply consistent chops, a plan, confidence, and the ability to deliver a completed song, as veteran songwriter/producer/artist Jeff Paris has done thousands of times over his 30+ year career, you tend to eventually boil it down to a certain set of repeatable behaviors. In this milestone 50th episode of ON THE HIT, Deane visits with his pal Jeff Paris for the first half of what essentially ends up being an intense masterclass on the craft of hitmaking. Jeff has written songs for everyone from Tower of Power to Keb Mo, Lita Ford, Mr. Big, Y&T, Billy Preston, Slash's Snakepit, Sheena Easton and dozens more. But that's only one career… as a keyboardist and guitar player Jeff has recorded and toured with the likes of Cinderella, Bill Withers, Dan Fogelberg, A Taste of Honey, Stanley Clarke, Bonnie Raitt, and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, just to name a few. This episode is so chock full of tasty little morels that we had to split it in two: This first part details Jeff's upbringing in West LA and his foray into the early sixties Southern California live music scene, his first record deal, and a hilariously random phone call from a music icon that would change his life forever. But, the golden touch Jeff has with tunesmithing is due to something he also shares in this episode, a terrific part of his secret sauce that shows how to transform the most basic musical idea into a potentially chart-topping phenomenon.

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Direct download: Ep50_JeffParisPt1_150408.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 10:12 AM
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If you use a synthesizer or a computer to write or produce your music, then your career owes a little something to Jeff Rona. In addition to being a highly in-demand composer in Hollywood for film, TV, and video games, Jeff's career can be traced all the way back to the early 1980's and the formative days of MIDI, the industry standard protocol that unified the digital music instrument world and gave producers everywhere the ability to have their devices talk to one another. Following a successful 8-year run as a resident composer in Hans Zimmer's Santa Monica compound, Jeff wrote a seminal next-generation text called The Reel World which has helped launch the careers of thousands of upstart composers. For his turn in the OTH hotseat, Jeff tells all, including his most recent foray into sample library creation with ORBIT, a side project that allowed him to combine his love of synthesis with his passion for functional sound design. Finally, the guys end on a deep note about the differences between media composers and regular musicians, and how giving back has provided Jeff with a perfect perspective on all of it.

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Direct download: Ep49_JeffRona_150401.mp3
Category:music -- posted at: 10:01 PM
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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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