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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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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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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Deane invites his pal Greg Germann, drummer for the hit Broadway touring musical "Wicked", into the Musicave this week for an in-depth chat about the joys of local Asian food, showmances, crappy auditions, frazzled nerves, sick gigs…… oh yeah, and the not insignificant responsibility of driving the band behind an $80 million dollar theatrical tour. Greg chronicles the path from his Long Island upbringing to studying drums with legends Carl Allen and Tommy Igoe to touring the world with the "Fosse", "Grease", and "9 to 5" companies prior to getting picked to lead the Wicked band. Also, after plenty of laughs and several common experiences shared, Deane and Greg discuss the loneliness of road life and how Greg copes with being away from family and friends for months at a time.

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Being an integral part of two iconic and legendary acts has not gone to Nick Milo's head one iota. As keyboardist and songwriter for the unstoppable Tower of Power, Nick toured the world and recorded with the band for a decade, making his mark as a powerhouse funk and soul player. But it's been his last 13 years as keyboardist and musical director for the great Joe Cocker that has really cemented Nick in the vanguard of master craftsmen, and he joins Deane in the OTH hotseat to talk all about it. From his midwest Illinois roots to his years in the Bay Area learning the road craft from the likes of Bonnie Hayes and Maria Muldaur, Nick chronicles his lifelong love affair with music and describes how he manages to still find time for his own personal projects in spite of a super demanding touring and recording schedule.

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Category:music -- posted at: 11:28 PM
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Classical pianist Bryan Pezzone was pretty much born tickling the ivories and was either at a piano or sitting on top of one from the time he was an eighteen month-old tyke. Deane chats up his longtime LA buddy about his college years in snowy Pennsylvania and his mission to get through it as quickly as humanly possible. Bryan brings out stories from his professional career in the Hollywood studio scene and talks about playing piano and keys for the likes of iconic composers John Williams, Howard Shore, Danny Elfman, Marc Shaiman and others. But Bryan reveals an onry streak, too, as he and Deane engage in the topic of social life in the City of Angels and how risking personal expression in the small petrie dish of the music business can either lead to total creative liberation or an abrupt halt in phone calls from potential employers. Hold on… politics in Hollywood…? Say it ain't so!

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As an impressionable 10-year old drummer in 1984, Deane stumbled across the incredibly musical and focused drumming of Phil Gould and his band "Level 42", a musical discovery that would literally alter the course of his life forever and secure his yearning to pursue a career as a lifelong professional musician. After wearing out three cassettes of their "True Colours" album, Deane dove deep into the breadth of Phil's work, studying his open-handed technique and his unique approach to the drumkit. Fast-forward thirty years, and things come full-circle as Deane and Phil chat from Tokyo about Phil's experience with the legendary band, why he bowed out eventually, and what his playing and lyrical approach was to some of Level 42's greatest and most memorable hit songs. Phil also explains how his long journey through the pop radio landscape ultimately uncovered a true passion for writing and recording his own material and collaborating with the other musicians in new and inventive ways. Finally, the chat wouldn't be complete without a quick couple exchanges about drum gear and technology, and a philosophical musing on how thoughtful artists can still change the world… one well-placed note at a time.

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World-renown cello virtuoso Tina Guo stops by the Musicave to chat with Deane about her nerdy roots as a meek, reserved, angsty classical music geekster in San Diego County before transforming into the electrifying and compelling artistic persona that she is today. Tina reveals how her classically-minded parents pushed her to study the cannon while she secretly ventured deeper and deeper into the rock and metal underground, eventually emerging to combine the two genres into her own unique voice. Deane and Tina also engage in a deeper conversation on metaphysical expression and how learning to embrace both sides of her duality has empowered and informed Tina's newfound role as a devoted wife and partner. 

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What better way to ring in the 30th episode of OTH than with a whole bunch of great stories of roll n' roll lore? Well, Brad Strickland, former Artist Relations at KORG/Marshall has 'em! Deane chats up his old pal and mentor for a 90-minute dive into the depths of the scary side of the music pool. And, oh boy… how the tales do flow… featuring the shenanigans of Gene Simmons, Dave Navarro, Pat Metheny, Jimmy Page, Phil Keaggy, Michael W. Smith, Pat Martino, Keith Emerson, Meatloaf and more as Brad describes dealing with various outlandish demands, auditions, publicity dates, and humdinger artist riders throughout the 1980's to late 1990's. Deane also coaxes a few juicy details from Brad's academic life at Berklee in the early 70's to his career as an East Coast session guitarist and journeyman sideman during the boom of the pre-punk rock scene. And yet, there's still time leftover for a deep discussion on the health and future of the musical instrument industry, the role of technology in music, and what brand of magic glimmers within the soul of a lifer musician.

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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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