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.
Current News: Jan 2016 - Russell has written the Title Themes for many of the shows he's composed on... most recently the game show,Separation Anxiety (TBS/TNT). The recurring format music for the show was provided by Whatnot Industries and consists of compositions by Russell as well as Whatnot Industries composers Eric Plust, Marc Robillard, Ryan Leach, Kyle Wittlin and Nick Bergen, as well as several Hatch Ostinato Project inspired cues, which ultimately generate revenue for music programs in schools. Separation Anxiety premiered Tuesday March 8th at 10/9C on TBS. See the full schedule HERE
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
This film allowed me to develop a subtle theme and a dark soundscape. The piano motif develops throughout the film and culminates with the end titles cue, Wayfaring Stranger, which uses the traditional lyrics with new original music and melody
This is the score from the award winning documentary, 'Kelly'. The score is mostly textural and dark, though the first and last tracks are 'songs'. Throughout the score, a melodic theme develops via a haunting and sparse piano motif which comes full circle in the final track, 'Wayfaring Stranger'. The director had his heart set on using the traditional 'Wayfaring Stranger', a traditional spiritual/folk song from the early 19th century that has been recorded and interpreted musically hundreds of times, for the end of the film. Russell used the traditional lyrics and composed new original music for it, building on the musical themes that had been established throughout the film.
Much of this score is low and subtle, so you may need to turn up the volume to hear a lot of it.