Andrei Russo started his musical career as a pop drummer at the age of 15.Whilst studying at the Music Academy in Moscow he became familiar with Jazz and Latin music. It was there that he found his second love: percussion. On completion of his study at the world renowned Conservatory in Amsterdam he
toured as a percussionist with a show band in Brazil and South Africa. He significantly expanded his musical boundaries over the years, even taking in Big Band Swing and Pop, right through to Theatre and Latin American
music. He has also given drum lessons and percussion workshops in his spare time. As a percussionist Andrei Russo is inspired primarily by African, Cuban and South American music. As a musician he has real admiration for legendary artists such as Tito Puente, Sheila E, Gerardo Rosales and Ray Barretto. He also has great respect for today's DJ's and producers who have made their mark in the scene, including the likes of Little Louis Vega, Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez (Masters At Work), Basement Jaxx, Roog and Gregor Salto.
Andrei's successful production collaboration with DJ’s/producers Madskillz (“Caliente”), Roog (“Ekudad/Crusaders”) en with D-Rashid (“Cashmere”, “Sensual”). D-Rashid , the so-called "pioneer of Latinhouse" in the Netherlands, ensures a real climax everywhere it is played. The duo of Andrei and D-Rashid, who have been together for six years, played at all the top Dutch festivals and events including Dance Valley, Lowlands, Innercity, Racism Beat It, Latin Village and Mysteryland. The boys have also completed a tour with Bacardi Bat Beats throughout the country. You can catch Andrei Russo on the decks at the Salsa Lounge in Amsterdam every month, which has been the top Latin event in Holland for over seven years and continues to go from strength to strength.