Starting his studies with one to one tuition, drumming quickly became a part of Russell’s everyday life. Studying from the Guildhall school of music and drama graded books, he took his drumming exams through the Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music gaining Distinction.
Whilst at school this led Russell to play with several bands and perform drums and percussion for schools plays and musicals including Bugsy Malone. With Influences from Stewart Copeland, The Police and Dave Grohl, Nirvana, Russells drumming vocabulary expanded leading him to become a competent rock drummer.
After finishing school Russell Studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music, Guildford where he completed a Higher diploma in popular music practice, specialising in drums.
He subsequently went on to play with a professional band, recording and releasing two separate albums and EP. During his time with the band he performed at large music festivals, arenas, clubs and pubs, including Phoenix Arts Centre, Hastings, The Dublin Castle, Camden.The Star, Guildford, Guilfest, Guildford and The Hope And Anchor, Islington,
Russell has recently finished studying at the Academy of Contemporary music for his BA (Hons) degree in Music Industry Practice (Drums). Completeing with a 2:1 BA(Hons)
Russell has been a pleasure to work with at the ACM. Russell has a strong work ethic, professional attitude and always goes above and beyond with regards to his musical education. Russell is certainly a drummer to look out for in the future.
Toby Drummond - The Seahorses, Shaun Ryder, Russell Watson, Ray Davies and Sir Cliff Richard.
Russell is an excellent solid drummer and he is very easy to get along with. He is a greatly dedicated student of mine. Russell Is a very powerful drummer, and works very well to a metronome
Darren Beckett - Brandon Flowers (The Killers), Madeleine Peyroux, and French pop artist Emilie Simon.