the problem with apollo and RED is unless you have a seedbox or willing to drop some money on requests, it's next to impossible to build a good buffer now.
just downloading music you like and then seeding it isn't really going to work, you have to wait for freeleeches and even then without a seedbox you're probably not going to get much out of them, and they're rare at this point on apollo and RED even doesn't have any last time i checked.
i'd recommend starting on something else like notwhat or a general private tracker, build your ratio and then get into apollo/red through user class forums etc. it's kind of a slow process but if you're not willing to wait then you're probably just going to get banned from private trackers anyway. this way you'll at least understand how ratio building works, whether or not you want to invest in a seedbox, etc.
and finally to those saying they don't understand the point of private trackers it's kind of something you have to experience to see the value. rather than searching through tons of sketchy ass public sites you have everything you could want, well seeded, full FLACs and vinyl rips, etc. if all you download is 128/320kbps albums then yeah it's probably not worth your time, but for anyone who listens to a lot of music it's kind of like valhalla.