James R. Tramontana

Preproduction and Recording Tips from World Famous Producer, JOHN FRYER!

Posted 16 May 2018

“Who’s the idiot and who’s got the instruments?”

-John Fryer

In this episode, we interview the world-famous producer, John Fryer and ask him how we can possibly make songs one tenth as good as the ones he’s helped create.

John is most well known for his production work for bands like Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, White Zombie, Cocteau Twins, Jesus Jones, Love and Rockets, Stabbing Westward and his own music projects This Mortal Coil, Dark Drive Clinic and Black Need Noise.

We ask for pre-production tips and learn that its different for every band, so we’re not necessarily doing it wrong.

We gain a glimmer of insight into what it takes to be a music producer by recounting some tells of revelry with John.

Then John blows our goddamn minds by asking why we are not working with him. At first, we think he’s kidding but he swears he’s not. So, we guess we are going to be doing something with John Fryer on this new album! Minds. Blown.

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Tips for Playing Live: A Sack of Wet Hair Being Hit with a Rusty Hammer

Posted 09 May 2018

We have an arrangement for another new song that we're tentatively calling, "All Teef (F the F)."

Jim forgot his "order up" bell but magically some bell-like sound effects show up anyway.

Some advice for the studio and live environment are shared. When you tune your instrument, MUTE YOUR INSTRUMENT. No one wants to hear that stuff. It's a sign of an amateur. Don't do it. It makes everyone crazy. And at a show, don't noodle on your ax. It's dumb.

We also share a few tips for playing when you're overweight. Cuz, ya know. Some of us in the band could use droppin' a few pounds. Not Doug. That fucker is skinny as a coal miner.

Andris talks about his in-ear monitors and his new personal cooling unit, also known as a fan. It's really, really cool. Get it?

We talk about some of our current influences and how the music you love can work its way into your songwriting adventures.

The working title of the new album is now, "$3000 Puzzle Hunt Freak Out." We're sure we will change our minds later.

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How to Be a Prolific Songwriter: Interview With STOLAR, Our New Pal and Life Coach

Posted 02 May 2018

We have the extreme pleasure to talk to singer/songwriter, Stolar, who in the past four years has written over 1,000 songs. Stolar shares with us some of his songwriting philosophy and techniques and boggles our minds with his organization and life skills. He also opens up about his personal life and how songwriting is part of his daily routine to keep him centered and on track. A theme that comes up a few times is not allowing self-censorship to get in the way of good musical ideas. Create in the moment and see what happens. Also, good music has deep personal meaning and don’t be afraid to share real emotions.

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And if that weren’t enough, Stolar also shares his favorite place to get a slice of pizza in New York.

After the interview, we decompress and discuss our thoughts on rockin’ music and what we’re trying to accomplish as a band.

Then, as usual, we devolve into extremely immature banter that has nothing to do with anything.

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When You Record, Keep an Open Mind: Interview with Producer, CHRIS SUTTLE

Posted 25 Apr 2018

On this exciting episode, we welcome our first guest, producer, engineer and damn fine human being, Chris Suttle.

Chris talks about how he got his start in recording as well as the importance of working with a producer or engineer that fits with the bands' personality. We all give some "what not to do" tips for the studio.

Chris's biggest tip for recording: come with an open mind. You don't know everything. Be open to there being more than one way of doing things. And also work out the business-y stuff ahead of time.

We also change the name of the new song we're working on. Then we all realize we are actually in a pre-production meeting and take the time to talk to our producer, Chris Suttle, about the new album.


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