An experienced and intuitive multi-instrumentalist and composer with a wide range of credits covering nearly every genre imaginable, from huge, lush orchestral scoresto gritty rock and roll, from twangy swamp rock to EDM, Russell has not only composed and performed the scored for shows such as the Emmy winning ‘Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution’ for ABC, but has also composed and performed the title themes for 7 of those same shows. Russell scored the award winning documentary, ‘Kelly’ in 2012 and has composed for several other scripted projects in the moments between TV projects, short-form commercials and infomercials.
With production schedules often demanding huge amounts of music in a very short time, Russell formed a production music house, Whatnot Industries, which has grown to include more than 30 talented composers who work together to create a high quality custom library for any project on an otherwise impossibly tight schedule. As a result, Russell is able to offer a range of composing services, from traditional single-composer to a modern hybrid model utilizing multiple composers and, when desired, existing library cues as well.
Jan 2017 - Over the past year, Russell and Philip Sheppard have been building a new kind of music house called HMX. stay tuned for liftoff!
Sept 2015 - At HATCH 2015, Russell and Philip Sheppard created and launched the HATCH Ostinato Project, a program designed to empower students to realize that they can compose music by removing inhibitive barriers, such as the need to play professionally to hear fully realized sounds. - find out more