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Russell "RUSSOUL" Trent (Asylum Confidential, Waska Records, HAWAII):
Music runs deep in the veins of this Hawaii native. Growing up in the Islands Russoul comes from a well-known family with a rich history performing Hawaiian music. By the time he finished high school Russoul had already found his calling. Engulfed by the nightlife in the early days of his career, he’s been all about the music ever since. Departing from his family roots, he began mixing everything from hip hop to house, with party-rocking in mind. Coming into his own with some guidance from his then partner in crime, DJ Technique, Russoul quickly rose to make a lasting imprint on the local nightclub scene. Now over a decade later, Russoul is one of the talented residents of the Asylum Afterhours, ranked among DJ Mag’s top 100 clubs in the world, emerging as an influential force in the global underground music scene. You’ll often find Russoul setting the tone for the night at the club with one of his eclectic opening sets.
Focusing mainly on dance music, Russoul continues to forge ahead with a diverse array of sounds incorporating all types of 4x4 with his main focus on bass. He was one of the featured artists along with a number of his other talented fellow Asylum Afterhours residents in the March 2012 issue of DJ Mag.
Russoul’s played alongside some of the world's best such as Chris Micali, Keoki, Morgan, Terry Mullen, Aleks, Denise, The Eastsiders, Mr. Vegas, Halo, Bad Boy Bill, Rabbit in the moon, Bassbin Twins, Uberzone, Miguel Migs, Dj Fame, David Harness, Corey Baker, Sugiurumn, Heartthrob, Alland Byallo, Maya Jane Coles, Butane, Tanner Ross, Adultnapper, Paul Woolford, Space Dimension Controller, John Tejada, Broz Rodriguez, Quasar, Christian Martin, Justin Martin, J.Phlip, Dj Dan, Clint Stewart, Randall Jones just to name a few.
In 2012, Russoul released some of his original production work on Waska Records. His track "Conscious Mind" charted #1 on the label for a month on beatport. He collaborated on his next release, "Amen", with fellow Asylum Afterhours resident, the talented DJ Fathom that also hit #1. And there’s a whole lot more in the arsenal of this ground breaking artist. A prolific producer, Russoul’s work and creativity span genres and is as infectious as his always gracious, generous, and fun-loving personality. Like his famous beach boy grandfather (Buzzy Trent), known locally for his passion for surfing and sharing his long boards teaching a multitude of others how to use them, Russoul tirelessly shares his passion for music delivering a rich panoply of diverse sounds to a fast-growing following of music lovers.
One of his most recent projects is Bass Fase, a collaboration with DJ Fathom and Gino Beat focusing on...you guessed it...bass music. Their tracks probe the depths and possibilities of thumping bass lines that move people on to the Asylum Afterhours dance floor. Years of experience playing music for this intimate club crowd that knows what they’re listening to, can be a sobering experience for even the most established artists. Like a crucible in the laboratory, DJs and producers who play there quickly grasp what works and what doesn’t.
On November 15th, 2013, legendary artist John Digweed played Russoul’s innovative track called "Get Down" on his transitions radio show. With more upcoming releases in the wings, the future for Russoul looks bright for this rising star.