Patrick O’ Hearn  

The Grammy nominated Patrick O’hearn record Rivers Gonna Rise that we recorded at NOW YOU SIMI NOW YOU DON’T gave me the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing musicians in the world. The musicians on the record were PATRICK O’HEARN Bass and synthesizers, PETER MAUNU guitar, WARREN CUCCURULLO guitar effects, TERRY BOZZIO acoustic percussion, JONATHAN VALEN Acoustic percussion, and MARK ISHAM trumpet, and flugelhorn. And is one of my most crowning achievements, Recorded by the one and only Gary Epstien Who has worked on records like, James Taylor, Terry Bozzios Drum Project, Grammy nominated David Arikenstone, and live mixing for Pink, Berlin, Missing Persons, Andy Taylor, The Call, and Little Feet. Patrick was also for those of you who do not remember, the Bassist and keyboardist for Frank Zappa, Missing Persons and Group 87.
The Par 5 Tour included PATRICK O’HEARN, PETER MAUNU, JONATHAN VALEN, DOUG DEFOREST percussion, and RANDY WAYNE Keyboards. The tour was accepted with much enthusiasm. And the music is of course very syncopated with many twists and turns so the timing was extremely important, especially on songs from the Albums Between Two Worlds and Ancient Dreams, however with Patrick at the helm and his incredible capabilities as one of the most sought after musicians in the world with an internal clock that is like something out of our galaxy.
Here is an article from rhythm magazine that talks about playing with Doug deforest and the difficulties that arise from syncopated playing.

  Valen comes into the game with a number of diverse studio and road credits, including Papa John Creach, Judas Priest, Andy Taylor, Patrick O’ Hearn, and (ex Megadeath) guitarist Jeff Young. His kit includes both acoustic and electric drums. He was also the behind the scenes second drummer for Judas Priest on the road – so needless to say, he’s already well versed on what it means to work with two human drummers on stage.
The first question that came up was when and why it was decided an extra percussionist was needed with the Patrick O Hearn tour, and why that person should be involved with electronics.
We didn’t know what we were looking for, really we thought maybe we should have congas, or maybe a harp player? (silence then laughter) There’s so many different kinds of musicians we could have had. Pat had Doug’s a resume, and we figured we’d check him out.”
Doug’s parts required that he share duties between percussion and keyboard lines. Because Pat’s music is so keyboard-oriented, and Pat is a brilliant bass player on top of being an incredible keyboard player, he just felt that there were lines that needed to be embellished and there was no way he could cover both .
Doug was very well read on the samplers that he had- the Akai s900 so we decided to have him aboard. Sequencers were also occasionally used on stage in the O’Hearn band, but not through out the whole song it was also brought in part-way through on some numbers, so the tempoand time had to be dead onto avoid what Valen refers to as a train wreck. As a result of this jonathan has some very strong feelings about who’s responsible for keeping time – which changes what you might expect his answer to be about having to lead or follow another drummer.
“I think that both drummers have to be just as accurate. I don’t think one follows the other if you have a good concept of time the time will be there. Most guys go out and learn these wild licks that will blow the average person’s mind, and ignore the fact that you should be sitting down with the metronome working it out- That’s the first and foremost in being a drummer.


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