Musician, Film & Television Composer
Founder of Whatnot Industries, Co-Founder of The Hatch Ostinato Project

photo by Nicola Buck - Nicola Buck Photography 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

Career Highlights

  Links (click for samples)
Separation Anxiety
Primetime Game Show

Currently Airing
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Series Format Cues  
Title Theme - (password=’SepX’)

Fight of the Living Dead YouTube Red
2016 ->

Original songs:
   Zombie Hula
   Latin Zombie Fight

Santas In The Barn TruTV
2015 ->

Background score and library cues
Main Title Sequence

Wake up Call TNT
2014 - 2015

Background score and library cues
Main Title Sequence

King Of The Nerds TBS
2013 - 2015

Background score and library cues
Scoring Sample – throne room scene
Main Title SequenceEnd Theme

Bet On Your Baby
Primetime Game Show

2013 - 2014

Series Format Cues
Main Title Sequence

The Hero TNT

Background score and library cues
Scoring Sample – The Rock Arrives
Title Theme

Duck Dynasty A&E
2012 ->

Library Cues
Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution

Season 1 Emmy Win
2010 - 2011

Full score (average 40+ minutes of music per episode)
Scoring Sample – series final scene
Title Theme

Car Lot Rescue Spike

Background score and library cues

The Phone


Background score

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

Tom's Creation Plantation
Surf Film

Film clip -
Sweet As
Short Film

Film clip -
Russell has composed music for numerous short-form and long-form advertising for clients such as:
Cancer Treatment Centers of America  
NRG Solar  
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital  
The Humane Society of America  
Smile Train  
WGU - Western Governors University  

Recent TV Shows and Projects

Separation Anxiety (TBS / TNT)
- premiers Tuesday March 8th at 10/9C on TBS -

separation anxiety

Santas in the Barn


The Heroduck dynasty

King Of The Nerds

food revolutionBet On Your Baby

Film Score - Kelly

'Kelly' won Best Drama Documentary Feature in the Atlanta Doc Festival

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.

Scoring Samples - Emotional / Traditional

These cues feature emotional themes expressed primarily through more traditional instruments such as strings, winds, horns, acoustic guitar and piano.

Scoring Samples - Intense / Action

These cues were written primarily for action sequences and high energy scenes.

Scoring Samples - Commercials

-Various Long and Short Form Commercials-
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-Humble Fitness DVD-

These videos are included here expressly for the purposes of featuring Russell's compositions and therefore do not necessarily contain voiceovers and dialogue or a proper final mix.

ABC's Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution

note: the music for Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution is © 2010 ABC

Various Other Music

A Clip from "Tom's Creation Plantation"
This film is a combination surf film and alai'a making tutorial.

To purchase your copy of Tom's Creation Plantation, and to find out more, go to


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phone 310.896.5553
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