singer-songwriter tradition with ambient Berlin soundscapes. He uses confessional lyrics and allegorical storytelling to create songs that range from hushed, prayer-like confessionals to soaring, indie epics.
Russell established himself as a solo artist after moving to Berlin in 2016 and has since toured extensively throughout Europe, playing over 200 shows in seven countries, with festivals in London, Germany, Switzerland and France. He has been support for the likes of Kimberly Anne, Leddra Chapman and Kal Lavelle and performed at venues such as Kantine am Berghain (Berlin), Green Note & Union Chapel (London).
As one half of indie-folk act Swallow and the Wolf Russell had already gathered a solid following on London’s live music scene as a captivating songwriter and performer: opening for Britpop veterans Dodgy, Will and the People, and Mercury Prize nominees, Sweet Billy Pilgrim.
Inspired by the likes of Bon Iver, Jeff Buckley, and Jon Martyn, he taught himself to write songs by blending his passion for poetry and short stories with his newfound love of indie-driven sounds.
Russell is an avid supporter of London’s independent live music scene, booking acts under the moniker of Beatnik Events, such as Lianne La Havas, Fiona Bevan, and Kimberly Anne early in their careers.