|Occupation||Musician, record producer|
|Associated Acts||Jon Spencer Blues Explosion|
Russells first came to attention as the drummer for experimental alternative rockers the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. In the 15 plus years that the Blues Explosion have been together, Simins gained a reputation as one of the best drummers around. He has performed and recorded with many artists including Tom Waits, Yoko Ono, DJ Shadow, Luscious Jackson, Cibo Matto, Beck, Ween, Chuck D, Fred Schneider (B-52's) and most recently, Men Without Pants, to name but a few.
In 2000 he went solo and released the album Public Places under his own name, which was issued on Grand Royal Records and is different from his work with Jon Spencer. Other work includes remixes of songs by artists such as Luscious Kackson, Cibo Matto, Duran Duran and Stereolab. Russell has also produced, wrote songs, played drums, guitars and sang on the now cult-fave indie rock record, Butter 08, which came out on the Beastie Boys’ Grand Royal label and a collaboration with Cibo Matto.
Other album production includes The Men Without Pants' album Naturally released on Expansion Team Records. Produced, played drums and co-wrote a track with Karen O of the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs for NYC teen rock sensations The Tiny Masters of Today, which was released on "Mute Records" in 2007.