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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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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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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.

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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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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!

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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!

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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. 

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Category:music -- posted at: 11:29 PM
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Matt Starr has a risk addiction: He seems to enjoy stepping into impossible situations to follow in legendary footsteps. Matt has been KISS legend Ace Frehley's drummer since 2012 and he took over the drum chair in Mr. Big after drummer and founding member Pat Torpey went public with his Parkinson's diagnosis and announced that he would not be playing on the band's next world tour. But while replacing iconic drummers in huge bands is nothing new, few people have done it with as much grace, respect, ease and reverence as Matt has. In this episode of OTH, Deane talks with Matt about musicians' insecurities, growing up in Connecticut, the joy of Japanese record stores, a player's greatest asset, putting pride aside, and how Matt has traversed the live and recording scene to get himself to where he is now - a happily married new daddy… who also happens to be one of the fastest-rising stars in rock drumming. 

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Category:music -- posted at: 8:08 PM
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Pop songwriter and producer Christian Tessmer doesn't think he's a real musician, a declaration that kicks off what might best be described as OTH's first full-scale therapy session. Before Christian offers his first-person opinions on the landscape of modern pop as well as his experiences pitching songs to the Top 40 glitterati, things get super deep as these two close friends discuss artistic impediments like self-esteem, people pleasing, emotion management, and tough parental lessons learned. But just when you think it's a wrap, Christian demands answers from Deane regarding a few missing pages from their long and sordid friendship, and it quickly becomes apparent that there are truly three sides to every story, and none of them belong to Deane or Christian.

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Category:music -- posted at: 7:03 AM
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Longtime listeners of OTH know that Deane thinks he's pretty smart… that is, until whenever he and his pal Phil O'Connor get together. A seasoned Hollywood studio clarinetist and outpoken champion of musicians everywhere, Phil is not only one of the hardest working players in the industry but also one of the most articulate about the past, present, and future business of music performance and recording. Retracing his steps from his San Bernardino upbringing to meandering his way to Manhattan School of Music and back again to finish out at USC, Phil shares a fresh philosophy on why he believes performing and recording are still wonderfully achievable career paths for hard-working and self-starting players who come to play with honest expectations and genuine and altruistic motives. Deane and Phil also talk at length about the mental toughness and thick exterior necessary to successfully navigate the wild and unpredictable topography of the Hollywood studio gauntlet and how the real cause of atrophy in the music business might be less complicated than people think it is. 

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Category:music -- posted at: 10:55 PM
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