Dynamic Jazz Fusion drummer passionate about Progressive Rock
Russ is an Endorsee of Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals, Hardcase Drum Cases, The Kelly SHU Bass drum Mic Mount & Baskey Rugg Luggs.
Yamaha Maple Custom Absolute Kit in Vintage Natural Finish – 8″, 10″, 12″ 13″, 14″, 16″ toms, 22″ Bass Drum (with Kelly SHU Mic Mount) & 14″ x 5.5″ Snare, plus Custom Built 8″ & 10″ Concert Toms by Alan Tocknell at Tee Drums.
Istanbul Mehmet Cymbals – Radiant Range – 14″ Medium Hi-Hat’s, 15″, 16″ & 17″ Medium Thin Crashes, 20″ Medium Ride. Session Series 20″ Ride, 18″ China and Xperience Series 18″ China with Rivets.
Tama Iron Cobra Pedals. Other hardware by Yamaha & Mapex
Snare and Tom heads by Remo, Bass Drum “EMAD” heads by Evans.
Pro-Mark 747 Nylon Tip Drumsticks
Baskey Drums Rugs & Rugg Luggs
Hardcase Drum Cases
A Fragile appearance
Curfew (Jazz Fusion)
Roland V-Drum World Championship UK Heats
“Recreating the energy of early Phil Collins performances and achieving technical accuracy.”
Russ used to play along with his trusty cassette of ‘Seconds Out’ from the age of 13, on his Gretsch replica drum kit. Due to the influence of this album, he had a drum lesson with Bill Bruford a couple of years later. The budding young drummer was lucky enough to meet Phil Collins and Steve Hackett at the age of 16, which made a huge impression on him.
Russ also met a member of the Genesis road crew in 1981 who gave him a set of Octobans (tube drums) owned by Phil Collins. These had been made by the road crew out of drainpipes for Phil to try. Apparently his response was “They’re great – now get me a real set!” Russ still owns them!
Russ has worked with Ultimate Elton and The Rocket Band, Curfew, Fragile and Claire Hamill, Owen Paul, Vienna Circle and Tantalus among others. Has recorded with Producers – Stuart Epps, Lee Groves and George Shilling.
He saw Genesis on the Duke, Abacab and 2007 Reunion tours.
Favourite Genesis Songs – Blood on the Rooftops and Firth of Fifth.
Influences – Phil Collins, Bill Bruford, Steve Smith and Neil Peart
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