Illuminati Hotties’ Sarah Tudzin: “I always feel like I’m playing in the sandbox when I’m making music with a guitar”

Sarah Tudzin
(Image credit: Kayla Fernandez)

Sarah Tudzin's résumé as a recording engineer is stacked with artists like Macklemore, Weyes Blood and even the original Broadway cast recording of Hamilton. But she saves her most creative sonic experiments for her own band, the L.A-based Illuminati Hotties.

On Let Me Do One More [Hopeless], the former Sunset Sound staffer crafted a collection of bouncy, scrappy indie-rock songs while eschewing stompboxes, instead plugging her Fender Telecaster straight into a Fender Princeton amplifier for guitar sounds.

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Jim Beaugez

Jim Beaugez has written about music for Rolling Stone, Smithsonian, Guitar World, Guitar Player and many other publications. He created My Life in Five Riffs, a multimedia documentary series for Guitar Player that traces contemporary artists back to their sources of inspiration, and previously spent a decade in the musical instruments industry.