Richard Russell

‘I’ve always felt lucky to do what I do’ - XL’s Richard Russell on his career, musical passions and Jai Paul…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 20 Feb 2015
  • min read
As owner of XL Recordings, Richard Russell has helped define what we know as popular music.

Previously one half of the Kicks Like a Mule rave/electronic music duo, Richard has presided over XL’s enviable roster for more than 20 years.

Releases from a dizzying array of leftfield talents have established the label as one of the most switched on imprints in the business. Radiohead, The White Stripes, Dizzee Rascal, M.I.A., Vampire Weekend, The xx, Gil Scott-Heron and Adele are among some of the artists to release their music via XL. Recent signees include Jungle, Jai Paul and new act Ibeyi showing that when it comes to sourcing new talent, he’s not lost his nose for brilliance.

Aside from showcasing these talents, more recently, Richard has been in the studio. His recent credits include working on Damon Albarn’s debut solo album, Everyday Robots and working with the late, great Bobby Womack on his LP, The Bravest Man in the Universe. We caught up with Richard at the recent MPG Awards to quiz him on his career, production skills and recent projects…