Russell Holzman is a drummer and producer born and raised in New York City. Coming from a family of musicians, Russell received a robust formal education in Jazz and Classical music at New England Conservatory. He is now touring with a variety of acts including pop artist Caroline Polachek and the modern rock band Brkn Love. He has also built an engaged following on social media through his drum videos which have garnered tens of millions of views. Russell is currently based in NYC and does in-studio recording session work in addition to live performances all over the world.
Caroline Polachek, Brkn Love, Independent
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceI must have been in 6th grade or so when I performed Metallica's "Enter Sandman" (which is still a slap) with some middle school friends. I had practiced it for weeks in my bedroom with my old boom box cranked to the max. After the performance, my dad told me that I was hitting the drums WITH CONFIDENCE. That comment has really stuck with me and here we are :)
What Drives Your Creativity?Venturing into unknown territory. Whether it is recreating electronic drum patterns on the acoustic kit, or playing different rhythms with separate limbs at the same time, I am always driven by going where I haven't gone before.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?The sticks are incredibly reliable and Vic Firth has an amazing and rich history. The original, and the best!