Instructor Spotlight: Brad Russell

Bassist Brad Russell prides himself on being a musician that can adapt to multiple genres and styles. His experiences in the music industry range from Rock to Musical Theatre. Arguably, the bass does not receive as much shine as other instruments but Brad brings a specific showmanship and presence whenever he performs. Dive into his Instructor Spotlight interview below!

Tell us about your background; how did you get started working in the music industry? What inspired you to work in music?

I was inspired to start playing music by my family. My older brothers were professional musicians by the time they were teenagers also my father was a drummer & bass player and my mother was and is a great appreciator of music ( she actually saw Charlie Parker, the Beatles and Elvis live!!).  My instructor as a teenager was Max Janowsky from the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and he was such a great teacher he inspired me to teach later in life.

What do you do when you’re not working at DIME?

I’m involved in doing some of the things my students aspire to do such as, playing gigs, recording, endorsing brand name music products etc., so I’m able to share with them exactly what it’s like being a professional musician.

What is your favorite class to teach at DIME?

I enjoy teaching at DIME. It’s a perfect school for me to teach, allowing me to share my knowledge in a variety of styles of music.

What has been your proudest moment as a DIME Instructor?

One of the proudest moments so far at DIME is hearing my students be able to successfully apply some of the bass lines or concepts I’ve shown them in musical performance. I’ve seen my students start to be able to connect some of the music theory I’ve taught them to bass lines in a “real world “ sense of application.

Who are your biggest musical inspirations?

Everyone from Bach to Stanley Clarke to Eddie Van Halen to Jazz bass great Ray Brown and my family of course, my older brothers & father all played music professionally.

What are you listening to right now? Do you have any recommendations we should check out?

Animals as Leaders are cool and Jazz Fusion bassist - Janek Gwizdala.

Come meet our students and staff at the Open House + Student Show on Friday, December 13th at 5PM. Our next semester begins on January 21st, 2020. Start your application for a Bachelors program in Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals, Songwriting or Music Industry Studies today!


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