James R. Tramontana

How to Cope with the Stress of the Studio. Learn From Our Mistakes.

Posted 04 Apr 2018

Doug goes into an in-depth conversation about his new amplifier the Metropoulos Amplification Metroplex 100 watt guitar head. He also swears this is the last amp he will ever buy, which we know is bullshit, but we humor him and let him gush about this amazing gush-worthy amplifier. Then it gets a little weird, as Doug and Andris start objectifying music gear.

After that we shift gears and talk at length about pre-production, getting ready for the studio, and the importance of being prepared before your step a foot in a recording studio.

We share some personal knowledge we’ve gained over the years and offer ways to cope with the stress in the studio.

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Dealing with Impostor Syndrome. Play in Time. Play in Tune.

Posted 01 Apr 2018

We play an older song, a new song and then the conversation devolves into a therapy session for struggling with perfection and imposter syndrome. Jim has a minor meltdown about how his voice is out of shape and how writing vocal melodies is difficult due to his singing style. Also discussed are the differences between playing live and when recording. Some tips for recording vocals, guitar and drums are shared. Surprisingly, there is actual music theory in here too. Also, the F word is in this one…a lot.

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Welcome to Idiots With Instruments

Posted 28 Mar 2018


The introductory episode of Idiots with Instruments!

In this episode, we fall ass-backward into a quest to make the most magnificent rock n roll record in history. We lay the foundation for what's to come on the Idiots With Instruments as well as take a trip down memory lane to discover Red Hot Rebellion is a little older of a band than some of us thought.

And in true Red Hot Rebellion fashion, we pledge to do something insane: drag the public along with us as we endeavor to write and record our new album.

Will we succeed? Who the F@*K knows.

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