Russ works as a graphic designer with a local marketing company and based in Dudley, UK. His true love and main creative outlet is music. Russ plays electric bass, double bass, guitar and percussion, writing and recording in his home studio.
A passion for Jazz and diverse music traditions from around the world has always inpired Russ to create his own music. He is passionate about communication through music and believes it can paint a picture in the same way an artist uses a brush.
Russ started playing the guitar when he was nine and gradually became interested in the bass guitar which he started at fourteen after his Dad bought him his first electric bass from a pawn shop. He played bass with Wolverhampton-based pop band Mechanical Hearts from when he was seventeen until his mid-twenties.
Russ is an active Christian, playing at conferences and meetings in and around the Midlands area. He sometimes runs music workshops for local teenagers as a volunteer youth worker and leads the youth band at his church near Birmingham.
Over the last 16 years, Russ has visited numerous countries around the world including Albania, Bulgaria, Africa, USA and Canada. A highlight was being part of a band responsible for a run of concerts in Rwanda, Central Africa where music was used for promoting tribal reconciliation after the genocide of the 1990’s.
Various Christian recordings include The Celtic Source (vols 1 & 2), The Australian Source, Mana Kiza U Rwanda and Rabagirana Rwanda.
In December 2008, Russ completed a six-track solo album ‘The Last And The First’ which is a rhythmic blend of jazz, ambient and world sounds.
Russ is constantly working on new music and also enjoys collaborating with other musicians on joint projects. He is currently gigging and recording with local Soul/Blues band The Cohen Brothers.
Russ is married to the lovely Jayne and they reside in Dudley, UK.
You can visit Russ on the web at www.russsargeant.co.uk.
Photo by Paul Baird
Articles by Russ Sargeant:
I started playing bass when I was 14. My dad bought me a used ‘no-name’ bass from the local thrift shop; a Fender Precision copy made from plywood with a big, shiny, and very noisy, single-coil pickup. Once I was experienced enough to know good tone from bad, it became apparent that this bass sounded... »
I’m an ear player… By that I mean I’m good at hearing something and responding intuitively to it on my bass, without necessarily knowing exactly what I’m doing. This has been both advantageous AND a disability to me. Below I’ve listed some of the pros and cons of being this kind of a player. See... »
METAPHOR: something used, or regarded as being used, to represent something else; emblem; symbol. Music is art. It is a most powerful medium capable of describing in detail the world around us, emotions, abstract concepts and shades of meaning. Bass is beauty. It is deep and foundational and at the same time melodic and rich,... »
How do your musical tastes influence your playing? Do you have a wide or narrow frame of reference when it comes to what you allow to impact and inspire you? I think having as diverse as possible a range of styles and influences at your disposal is of prime importance to your growth and sustainability... »
I took my 6-string to have the nut adjusted recently and I was talking to the guitar tech about adjusting the action to make the bass more playable around the middle to high register. He looked at me and said, “Be honest, how often to you play up there?” “All the time” I said, “I’m... »
Until recently, due to limited budget, I’ve been using the free software looping solution, Mobius. A couple of weeks ago I came across the Boss RC-20XL Phrase Recorder in my local music store. It is the relatively inexpensive (approx. $250) two-pedal ‘middle sibling’ of the Loop Station family; the smaller unit being the one-pedal RC-2... »
One exciting way of use a looping device with your bass is to enhance a composition. A recorded phrase can become a backbone over which to improvise. For example, a phrase can take the form of a tapped rhythm (e.g. using muted strings), a short rhythmic phrase lasting only one or two bars or a... »
I was in a music retail outlet recently where I purchased a Boss RC-20XL Loop Station. A great piece of kit, a glowing review of which I will post separately. What occurred to me, as the eager shop assistant demo’d the device, was that live looping may have become a little typecast in the minds... »
If you can plug it in or mic it up, you can loop it. That is the conclusion I’m fast coming to when experimenting with live looping technology. Although another very important rule of thumb is, “Keep it simple, stupid” :) I wanted to put a few short thoughts together on having a creative mindset... »
This is a lesson based around use of the popular Behringer FCB1010 MIDI foot controller surface for hand-free control of the freely available and very capable, Mobius looping software from Jeffrey Larson at Circular Labs. The Gear The Behringer FCB1010 Foot Controller has 100 memory positions to store MIDI controller data for up to 5... »