Greetings from Austin, Texas, where I’m hanging out for South by Southwest! For our #mancrushmonday this week, I figured I would feature a SXSW artist. Meet Russell Elliot.
Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Russell brings a unique, artistic flair to the R&B genre. Misogyny, materialism and exclusivity; none of the usual characteristics of R&B are found in his music. Instead Russell brings a refreshing inclusivity, intersectionality, and progressiveness to the genre.
In his own words, “You won’t find misogyny on my records. We need to start addressing that great music is being written without it. We need to stop perpetuating hurtful cultural norms in music. You will find an irreverent embracing of the complexities surrounding sex, love, and sexuality on my record. In short, you’ll find the truth.”
When Russell reached out to me about attending his showcase here at Sx (March 18th if you’re in town!), I found myself immediately struck by his kindess, the passion of his music and the artistic grace he portrays. Check out his video for “Around” from his debut EP and you’ll see what I mean.
What is the first thing that you notice about a potential love interest?
Authenticity. I’m drawn to people who are inimitably, vividly and passionately themselves.
What is your ideal first date?
Anything spontaneous! I love surprises. I love to fall off the map for a few days on an adventure.
What’s your instant deal breaker?
What is the best piece of romance advice you have ever received?
“Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time”
Describe your love life in one word