Tell me about the first musical memories of young Redd.
REDD: My first Rock N’ Roll memories are all accredited to my Dad. When I was probably about 4 or 5 I can remember watching all of the old Beatles movies like Hard Days Night, Help, and so on…we had the VHS box set.
Who was your musical mentor?
REDD: I did not really have a personal musical mentor like a family member or a family friend. I’d have to say my first guitar instructor, Phil Bush, from my small town would be the closest thing to a mentor early in my playing because, fortunately for me, this guy was the only guitarist in my small town and he was a rocker! Having him as an instructor at the earliest stage of my playing still has an impact on my playing.
Why did you choose to play guitar?
REDD: Led Zeppelin. When I was 12 my dad played me Rock N’ Roll from Led Zeppelin IV and I immediately knew what I was going to do with my life.
I love that you play Gibson Les Pauls. Why did you choose them?
REDD: It’s the power and beauty of those guitars. The look, feel, tone, and iconic status just makes those guitars irresistible to me. And it just so happens that most of my favorites play them (or at least have played them at one point in their career).
Give us a rundown of your rig.
REDD: My rig is pretty basic actually. I have two Les Pauls with my main one being a Standard Sun Burst with Alnico II pickups by Seymore Duncan and my Gold Top is a custom shop build with Gibson 57 pickups. My amp is an Egnator Renegade and my only pedals are a tuner and a Cry Baby 95q Wah-Wah. That’s pretty much it.
One of my favorite things about you is the fact that you smile when you play, your enjoyment on stage is apparent as I have shared the stage with you, What goes through your head while performing?
REDD: I genuinely love what I am doing. I’ve been fortunate to be in the position I am in where I have made my dream of becoming a touring Rock N’ Roll guitarist come true and I could not be happier. Life is short and unpredictable and I can never know when my last show will be so I every gig like it’s the end of the world.
I see a reflection of some of guitars greatest players in your style,who are your guitar icons?
REDD: Jimmy Page first and foremost (I don’t want to envision what the world would be like if Led Zeppelin never existed). Some of the others include Joe Perry, Slash, Billy Gibbons, George Harrison, Angus Young, David Gilmore, Dimebag,Ted Nugent, EVH, Tony Iommi, Joe Walsh, Jeff Beck and so many more of those classic rockers (if I listed all of them the article would be way too long).
What do the “Hell Riders” mean to you?
REDD: The “Hell Riders” are the reason for everything Scattered Hamlet does. There is nothing more important to us than our fans and the “Hell Riders” make us who we are.
Shit Redd, I found your iPod in the parking lot what’s gonna surprise me on it?
REDD: That’s really a better question for Jake, Rich, and Adam. I’m the only normal person in this band and I think everything you would find on my iPod you probably have on yours.
What advice would you give to a young guitar player?
REDD: Don’t ever think you are good enough. There are a lot of better players out there and see that as an opportunity to improve your playing. If you really want to be a guitarist you have to dive in head first, treat it as a lifestyle and not just a chance to play Rock Star on the weekends. Also put the damn video games down and play your guitar.
What do you think of the music scene these days?
REDD: That is a tough question because there is more going on now then there ever has been with the diversity of sounds and the technology that is easily accessible to everyone. It is difficult to tell exactly what the “Scene” is living out in Hollywood because the industry moves so fast out here but as far as Rock N’ Roll goes I think it will be back on top pretty soon here.
I would also like to work in a question about Erik Kluiber like what it was like playing guitar with him when he toured as our guitarist last tour. I want to say something like:
Getting to play with a guitarist like Erik was a great experience. I was fortunate to share the stage with him and I am fortunate to have him as a friend. I wish him and his band Gypsyhawk the best and if you haven‘t heard of these guys you definitely need to check them out because they will blow you away.
A really great guy, I always love talking to him. Redd is such a down to earth guy. Make sure you check him out in the band SCATTERED HAMLET!