July 20, 2020
“This was a guy who could sit down with a cello and play and sing in a way that no one else on this earth has ever done, or will ever do it again.”
Focusing on Russell’s ability to bring together genres and styles – ultimately presented as a subversive attempt to unite pop and avant-garde spheres – the trio reflect on his fascination with Italian pop music, ABBA, and his desire to create “Buddhist bubblegum music.”
As his long-time partner Tom Lee explains, “he was just driven to make this art-dance hit. He figured that there could be a cross reference between dance music and downtown Soho new music.”
“Unfortunately, his life was cut short really before he could put his music out, and I think that’s part of the devastation about so many people who were dying of AIDS: people just won’t hear about all these writers, musicians, dancers and composers.”
Watch the interviews in full above.