Studied: from ages 11-18 under Phil Hardymon 1974-1981 in Berkeley California….
Studied: under guitarist Ronnie Boykin 1979-1981 in Berkeley California….
Studied: under Tom Hibdon, Elvo D'Amante and Ed Kelley 1981-1982 at Laney College Oakland, California….
Studied: Music Theory and Psychology of Music at San Francisco Conservatory of Music 1982-1987….
Studied under pianist Rodney Franklin 2012-2014….
Continuously studying the Metaphysics of Sound and Music….
Ocea is honored to have recorded and/or performed with the following artist:
Dave Hollister, Tupac Shakur, Digital Underground, Tramaine Hawkins, Ice T, Rodney Franklin,Eazy E, Larry Graham, James Levi,Timex Social Club, Dan Aykroyd,Dr. Dre and many other great artist.
Instruments Played: guitar, bass, electric & acoustic pianos, synthesizers & clavinet.
Influences: As a kid/teenager in the 60s & 70s I was influenced by music from Television,Stage,Theater,Movies,Radio & Recordings. I was exposed to many great film composers such as Lalo Schifrin,Issac Hayes,Herbie Hancock,Clare Fischer,Henry Mancini,Curtis Mayfield,Syd Dale,John Williams,Willie Hutch,James Horner,Nino Rota and Quincy Jones.....
Other influences: Earth Wind & Fire,Cameo,King Crimson,George Duke,Frank Zappa,James Jamerson,Miles Davis,The Jacksons,Stevie Wonder,Marvin Gaye,Motown,Kendrick Lamar,Alan Parsons Project,Wah Wah Watson,Ray Parker jr,Weather Report, Eddie Van Halen and others.
Ocea has earned a platinum album with(The Timex Social Club’s)1986 smash hit “Rumors”…platinum album with(Force One Network’s) song “Spirit” in the 1991 Oscar nominated movie “Boyz N The Hood”…platinum album with(Digital Underground’s)1990 album “Sex Packets”
Other Works: Has contributed sound and/or music for the following:
1991 oscar nominated movie "Boyz N The Hood" starring Cuba Godding jr,Nia Long,Ice Cube and Morris Chesnut
1993 movie "Mi Vida Loca"
1993 movie "The Pelican Brief" starring Denzel Washington and Julia Roberts
1998 movie "What Dreams May Come" starring Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding jr
2000 movie "Dracula 2000"
2003 movie "Old School" starring Will Ferrell and Vince Vaughn
2004 movie "The Butterfly Effect" starring Ashton Kusher
2004 movie "Dawn Of The Dead" starring Mekhi Phifer and Ving Rhames
2009 movie "Chloe" starring Julianne Moore
2009 movie "Triangle"
2014 movie "The Drop" starring James Gandolfini
Ocea also provides music for various independent films/shorts,documentaries,commercials and other media applications.
Ocea has appeared twice on Soul Train with Don Corniellius-episodes #521 & #723,Top Of The Pops (England) and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and in several music videos.