DEANE OGDEN is an American record producer, session and touring drummer, songwriter, recording artist, and artist developer whose sonic approach has been described as “a well-established aesthetic of evocative world textures and compelling pristine pop rhythms" (The Village Voice). In 2016, MusicRadar.com listed Deane among "ten emerging industry leaders to watch", calling him “an innovative force and productive voice of reason among a quagmire of jaded dissenters”. A fierce advocate for creative artists, Deane has been called “an underrated voice in the music community” and someone who “understands the inside baseball of the business better than anybody.” (iTunes)
Deane’s 2013 solo debut Eastern Chronicle is an 118-minute odyssey through the sounds and cultures of the Asian Crescent. To record and produce Eastern Chronicle, Deane spent eight months traveling deep into Japan, China, Nepal, Tibet, Indonesia, Thailand, India and Sri Lanka using a stripped-down mobile recording rig stuffed into an Eiger backpack. The album debuted at #13 on the iTunes world music chart.
Utilizing the same recording methods, Deane released his 2015 follow-up, Kwela, written and recorded in the vibrant and wondrous landscape of South Africa. Regarding the title track (released as a standalone single June 15, 2014), one critic declared Kwela “a rapturous celebration of the colorful sounds and cultures of South Africa combined with Deane’s modern funk underpinnings and pop-oriented songwriting.”
Kwela was released physically August 4, 2015, in Africa, France, Japan, North and South America, Asia, and the United Kingdom. It was released digitally worldwide five days later. The album debuted at #1 on the iTunes pop chart in South Africa and went to #2 on the iTunes overall world chart within five weeks.
With a career spanning three decades as a veteran session and touring drummer, Deane has recorded or performed with a veritable who's who in pop and rock radio including David Foster, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Britney Spears, George Duke, Lionel Richie, Ariana Grande, Sarah McLachlan, Al Green, Rihanna, Seal, Robbie Williams, Natalie Merchant, Kenny Loggins, Travis Tritt, Jewel, Al Jarreau, Eric Benét, Berget Lewis and others. Deane has worked with numerous producers including the late Phil Ramone, Shellback, Brendan O'Brien, Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, Jack Joseph Puig, John Alagía, Mark Endert, and Bob Clearmountain.
Deane is also an in-demand drummer for trailers and video games, working frequently with APM, Perception Music, Dos Brains, Activision Blizzard, Capcom, Zynga, Bungie Studios, Electronic Arts and Sony Interactive.
Deane proudly uses Tama drums and hardware, Sabian cymbals, Remo drumheads, and Vater Percussion drumsticks and mallets.
Since the mid-2000's, Deane has produced albums and singles for dozens of singer/songwriter and adult-oriented rock acts. Known for an impeccable and nuanced sonic approach, his production aesthetic features a tight synchronization of rhythm and support instrumentation with lush orchestration and subtle found tapestries. Deane has worked with artists such as Mandy Moore, Birdy, Joe Jonas, Selena Gomez, Kristian Cole, Libby Fury, Marshall Noonan, Lyra, Manuel Bair, Mya, Kaden Wadsworth, and South African singer Jordynn Towne.
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, Sony’s The Hit List starring Cuba Gooding Jr. and many more. Deane’s music was also featured in Touchstone Pictures’ Bruce Willis blockbuster Surrogates.
Deane’s long career in primetime and cable television has included NBC’s drama LAX, ABC Family’s Exploration with Richard Wiese, celebrity news staple Entertainment Tonight, and MTV’s mega-hit Teen Mom. From 2002 until 2006, Deane wrote and produced music for ABC Sports’ Emmy Award-winning Monday Night Football. NBC Sports has commissioned his original music for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, 2012 London Summer, 2014 Sochi Winter, and PyeongChang 2018: XXIII Olympic Winter Games. During the 2012 US presidential election, Deane’s music featured in both the Republican and Democratic National Convention telecasts.
At the stroke of midnight on January 1st, 2015, Deane’s symphonic work “Fanfare for Nations” was performed during the New Year’s Eve Concert for Peace in The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
Deane speaks to and consults globally for record labels, universities, fine arts groups, creative community organizations and legislative entities on the convergence of art and business and how artists can harness information technology and social global audience-building to advance their creative art across all consumer platforms.
Deane has addressed UNESCO, 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, Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music, Université Concordia, Kyoto City University of Arts, Pepperdine University, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music, and TEDx Singapore.
Deane's consulting clients have included Warner Music Group, Polydor Records (UMG), Starstruck Entertainment, and Interscope Geffen A&M Records (UMG).
Deane is CEO of Deane Ogden Creative International, Inc., a digital media agency that administers all of his original content including a broad catalog of licensed music, original commercial audio and print publications, and international network television music production companies covering multiple genre vectors.
When not on the road, Deane works primarily from his personal studio space, Pagoda Polyphonic — a full-scale recording facility nestled against the lush tropical eastern coast on the island of Bali.
In 2006, Deane founded SCOREcast Online, the immensely popular globally-networked community of media music and post-production professionals, of which he currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors. With regional community chapters in Los Angeles, London, Toronto, Germany, Japan, Vienna, Prague, Melbourne, Singapore, and Amsterdam, SCOREcast is also home to the pioneering SCOREcast Podcast Show, hosted by LA-based film composer Brian Ralston.
Deane is the creator of the popular arts business advice show Rebel Creative, a podcast that peaked at #7 in the business category on the iTunes podcast platform. Deane also created On the Hit with Deane Ogden, with Deane chatting with his session and touring colleagues about life on the road and on record. Guests of OTH included Lee Sklar (Toto/Phil Collins), Don Randi (The Wrecking Crew), Bob Reynolds (Snarky Puppy/John Mayer), Tina Guo (Hans Zimmer), Keith Olsen (Fleetwood Mac/Foreigner), and others.
In 2018, Deane founded and serves as Executive Director of Musician Cell Groups, a non-profit organization that aggregates and provides peer-accountability and social mobility opportunities to emergent recording artists, record producers, and mix engineers.