MD: How do you balance your music with other obligations - love, family, work?
Russoul: For me I believe that balance comes in staying true to my musicianship and my vision, as well as prioritizing. God provides me with the people and work opportunities that help me enhance my skills. As long as I acknowledge him first, everything else will always remain in place! From experience, I’ve learned that when ever I loose focus, I surround myself with people who take me off track and i end up in situations that are not beneficial to me in any way.
What would you say has been the greatest influence on your overall sound?
My overall sound has greatly been influenced by The Clark Atlanta University Philharmonic Society, different artist on Motown, House music, A Tribe Called Quest, and Gospel music.
What do you feel should be changed, or stay the same regarding the music industry?
The mainstream music industry needs to be more balanced. I feel it promotes to much negativity.
Can you describe your family member’s musical interests and abilities?
I come from a very musically inclined family. My mother was a choral director, pianist, organist, songwriter, music teacher, and old school rapper, my uncles were all singers, drummers and organists as well.
It’s almost 1 am, you are in the studio and are attacked by the most violent of hunger pangs. What is the first thing that comes to mind?
The first thing that comes to mind is Harold’s Chicken.
Are there any strange or weird practices you might have while working on your tracks?
The strangest ritual for me during creation is trying to think like a drummer when programming drums, try to think like a bassist when laying bass lines, and trying to think like a pianist when playing. Some times the piano player and the bassist in me get into a big argument with the singer!!!
What’s the strangest place you’ve ever found inspiration?
I used to record songs in the bathroom. When I couldn’t afford sound proofing I recorded with a quilt over my head. When I didn’t have a boom stand, I wired a hanger around my neck and attached a microphone to it, so that I could sing and play at the same time.
What instrument would you say is most pleasing to the ear?
Violins/ the String Family is most pleasing to my ear, next come a Rhodes with a phat warm tremelo!!!!!!!
If you could have your work used in any place, any television show, any movie, any screenplay- past or present, what would it be?
If possible, I would have my works playing in every restaurant that services classy, cool, educated, open-minded people- any movie of positive substance, and any television show that has a love scene in it!!
How different do you think peoples lives would be if music never existed?
Life is a song. The Heart has a beat. We walk to a beat. There would be no life without music!