Grammy nominated Patrick Ohearn record Rivers Gonna
Rise that we recorded at NOW YOU SIMI NOW YOU DONT gave
me the opportunity to work with some of the most amazing musicians
in the world. The musicians on the record were PATRICK OHEARN
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 OHEARN, 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
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, hes 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 didnt know what we were looking for, really we thought
maybe we should have congas, or maybe a harp player? (silence
then laughter) Theres so many different kinds of musicians
we could have had. Pat had Dougs a resume, and we figured
wed check him out.
Dougs parts required that he share duties between percussion
and keyboard lines. Because Pats 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 OHearn 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 whos 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 dont 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 persons
mind, and ignore the fact that you should be sitting down with
the metronome working it out- Thats the first and foremost
in being a drummer.
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