Sonic chameleon, itinerant creative artist, #1 selling American recording artist, multi-instrumentalist and producer Deane Ogden’s music has been described as “a well-established aesthetic of evocative world textures and compelling pristine pop rhythms (The Village Voice),” and Ogden himself has been called “the anti-Lefsetz ” (MusicRadar.com) and “an innovative force and productive voice of reason among a quagmire of jaded dissenters” (Music Week). He has written, recorded, and performed in over three-quarters of the mapped globe. As a broadcaster and creative advocate, Deane has been called “an underrated voice in the music community” (Music Row) and someone who “understands the inside baseball of the business better than anybody.” (iTunes)
Deane Ogden is a musical nomad.
Deane’s 2013 solo release Eastern Chronicle is an 118-minute odyssey through the sounds and cultures of the Far East. The album debuted at #13 on the iTunes world music chart and peaked at #2. To record and produce Eastern Chronicle, Deane spent eight months traveling Japan, China, Nepal, Tibet, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka using a mobile recording studio out of a backpack. Eastern Chronicle features guest soloists Moweto, Bob Reynolds (John Mayer, Brian Blade), Rianne Fenneller (Kitaro, Yanni, Andrea Bocelli), Christina Sasacki (Silk Sea Opera, Evergreen Symphony), Anthony Sallee (Whiteheart), Tina Guo (Cirque du Soliel, Al Di Meola), Steve Ouimette (Guitar Hero), and many more.
In late 2013, Deane began work in South Africa on his follow-up, Kwela. The album was written around the world and recorded in the vibrant wondrous landscape between Johannesburg and Cape Town. Regarding the title track from Kwela (released as a standalone single June 15, 2014), one critic described it as, “a rapturous celebration of the colorful sounds and cultures of South Africa combined with Deane’s modern funk underpinnings and pop-oriented songwriting.” Turning again to the mobile recording methods he perfected on Eastern Chronicle, Ogden surrounded himself with the talents of numerous African and South African musicians for Kwela including Cape Town’s Mack Chibesa, the Soweto Horns, cellist Deryn Cullen, Ghanaian vocalist Temwani Kalenga, the Cape Town Junior Chorale, and Johannesburg songstress Jordynn Towne, amongst others.
Kwela was released physically August 4, 2015, in Africa, North and South America, Asia, and the United Kingdom. It was released worldwide August 9th, 2015 to more than 400 digital carriers. The album debuted at #1 in South Africa and went to #2 on the American iTunes world chart within five weeks. As of October 2015, Kwela had reached #1 on the iTunes world chart in 37 countries and the Top 10 in 51 countries.
For over thirty years, Deane’s career as a drummer has seen performances and recordings with artists as diverse as David Foster, Tina Turner, Britney Spears, George Duke, Ariana Grande, Al Green, Rihanna, Seal, Kenny Loggins, Travis Tritt, Jewel, Al Jarreau , Leona Lewis and others. Deane has worked with numerous producers including the late Phil Ramone, Jack Joseph Puig and Bob Clearmountain.
Deane is also an in-demand drummer for trailers and video games, working frequently for trailer music producers Dos Brains and APM and performing on video games by Activision Blizzard, Capcom, Zynga, Bungie Studios, Electronic Arts and Sony Interactive.
Deane proudly and exclusively uses Tama drums, Sabian cymbals, Drum Workshop pedals and hardware, Vater Percussion sticks and mallets, and Remo drumheads.
Deane Ogden’s compositions for feature film have included D. Lee Inosanto’s award-winning The Sensei, the acclaimed documentary Dreams On Spec, Lionsgate’s The Way Home starring Dean Cain, Sony’s The Hit List starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and many more. Deane’s music was featured in Touchstone Pictures’ Bruce Willis blockbuster Surrogates. Deane scored the preamble to the board game phenomenon [Welcome to] Level 7 and the award-winning The Final Moments of Karl Brant which starred Paul Ruebens in a dramatic turn.
Deane’s long career composing music for primetime and cable television has included NBC’s Heather Locklear/Blair Underwood drama LAX, ABC Family’s Exploration with Richard Wiese, the Emmy-nominated Entertainment Tonight, MTV’s Made and Teen Mom, amongst others. From 2002 until 2006, Deane wrote and produced music for ABC Sports’ Emmy Award-winning Monday Night Football. Deane was commissioned to write the orchestral themes for Michael Phelps’ record-breaking gold medal run during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and invited back to write three original orchestral suites for NBC’s coverage of the 2012 London Olympic Games. Later that same year, Deane’s music was featured during both the 2012 Republican National Convention and 2012 Democratic National Convention telecasts. Deane returned again to the NBC’s Olympic stage as a featured composer for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.
Deane is founder, CEO/CCO of Imaginator Music Media International, a Singapore-based music production company servicing syndicated television networks in Southeast Asia, United Kingdom, and Germany with original music packaging and custom thematic musical material.
Deane’s symphonic suite “Fanfare for Nations” was featured during the 2015 New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace in The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in New York City. The tracks “Global Villager” and “Dhompe Dhompe” from Deane’s 2013 Eastern Chronicle solo release were featured in the program at the 2015 New Year’s Eve Fireworks Celebration in Seoul, South Korea.
Deane writes regularly at DeaneOgden.com about creative entrepreneurship and at SCOREcast Online on the professional media music industry. He’s also a been a featured contributor at Forces of Geek, Forbes.com, and American Express Open Forum.
Deane created and hosts the popular creative business advice podcast Rebel Creative on iTunes. Deane answers questions from creative artists all over the globe about the practicalities of operating artistic-based location-independent businesses in the modern era of digital commerce. Rebel Creative has consistently ranked in the iTunes Business Top 20 and is heard by more than 37,000 listeners on a weekly basis.
ON THE HIT with DEANE OGDEN
Deane is creator and host of On the Hit with Deane Ogden, a podcast that airs weekly on iTunes. Each week, Deane goes one-on-one with the most intriguing personalities in rock, pop, RnB, jazz and country music — the artists, musicians, producers and moguls who’ve created music history as we know it today. Season 1 of OTH aired March 2014 through April 2015 and ended with part one of Deane’s interview with platinum-selling songwriter Jeff Paris, which has been heard by more than 160,000 listeners to date. Season 2 of OTH begins September 23rd, 2015.
Deane is the founder and chairman of the Board of Directors for SCOREcast ONLINE, an immensely popular editorial and instructional community for the worldwide network of media music and post-production professionals.
With regional community chapters in Los Angeles, London, Toronto, Germany, Japan, and Amsterdam, SCOREcast services tens of thousands of composers and media music professionals in more than 40 countries. An editorial staff of working film and television composers have posted more than five hundred video, audio, editorial, tutorial and instructional resources to SCOREcastOnline.com since its launch in 2008. The website is also home to the popular SCOREcast Podcast Show, which Deane created in 2006 and co-hosts monthly with LA-based composer Brian Ralston. The SCOREcast Podcast Show is also distributed on iTunes and Stitcher Radio.
Deane speaks globally to universities, fine arts groups, creative community organizations and legislative entities about the convergence of art and business and how the emerging roles of cloud technologies and social media are changing the landscape of creativity across all disciplines. Deane has previously addressed UNESCO (United Nations), Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), University of Southern California (USC), University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Azuza Pacific University, SAE Jakarta, Modern Drummer Magazine, Behance Network, Royal Academy of Music (London), Université Concordia (Montreal), Kyoto City University of Arts, Pepperdine University, and TEDx Singapore.
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