Russell Louder: Multifaceted Artist Haunting and Hopeful
Multifaceted artist, Russell Louder is anything but ordinary. A trans musician, producer, performance artist, curator, party-thrower and ring-leader who grew up in Prince Edward Island, moving between a rural community of only 800 people and Charlottetown. Russell’s signature electropop sound and pitch-perfect vocals are featured on their hits, exemplifying a relentless and nuanced exploration of musical genres. Their unique sound landed them a finalist spot in CBC Music’s 2019 Searchlight competition—highlighting Canada’s best undiscovered talent—and a Music PEI award for Electronic Single Recording of the Year.
Since the age of 17, Russell has pursued a self-directed education while on tour both nationally and international as an interdisciplinary artist. They were drawn to the music industry by working mostly with performance and visual art in 2016. This is when they started making music in a serious way. In 2017 they released their debut EP and immediately received a festival offer. This offer turned into a tour and Russell’s music career spiraled from there. Eventually Russell was picked up by Lisbon Lux Records starting their management, record and publishing relationship which still holds true today.
Inspired by famous musicians such as Diamanda Galas, Laurie Anderson and Grace Jones, Russell loves the alone time they get to write and create music. “Having the privilege to now be in a mental space where I am constantly creating new work for the sake of creating new work feels healthy and exciting,” Russell shares.
Russell hopes that their music inspires and evokes something good for their listeners, knowing all they can do is create the music, everything beyond is out of their control. While a big fan of the music industry and happy with their work, Russell wishes there was more support for artists like them. Interdisciplinary artists struggle to find funding for interdisciplinary projects as the industry is very linear—musicians are musicians, photographers are photographer and so on—Nothing can overlap. Russell hopes to see changes to this mindset over the coming years.
A huge fan of Blundstone boots, Russell shares that they take a pair on every tour. “Light packing is essential,” Russell says. “And when navigating unfamiliar landscapes and weather, Blundstone [boots] hold up 95% of the time.” Blundstone boots are Russell’s go-to for winter, spring, fall and hiking.
Their contribution to the Blundstone Playlist Volume 4, “Hello Stranger” explores the complexities of losing and regaining the ability to recognize one’s self. With thought provoking lyrics and Russell’s melodic sound, this is one song you will want to listen to over and over again. Enjoy it now on the Blundstone Playlist Volume 4.