A little about us...

I’m Russ and that’s my wife, Lacey. We love  listening to music and drinking wine. So much so, we themed our whole wedding around it. Stylus, then, was a natural step.

I’ve been a musician since the age of 16 and, over the years, I’ve had a record deal with V2 Benelux, recorded in Steve Winwood’s personal studio and toured all over Europe. Today, I'm in a blues band and help organise the award winning Upton Blues Festival.

I’m also a journalist and write for food and event magazine Square Meal. The job gives me the chance to eat in some of the world’s best restaurants and drink amazing wine. That’s really where my love for wine comes from. I also write for The Walking Dead Magazine and have written for some top music publications and film magazines.

My American wife Lacey is the product director for a software company. With 18 years of experience in business, her advice is priceless. Put it this way: I’d be broke in a month without her. She’s also full of ideas and energy – something a cynical Brit like me needs.

When it comes to music, she’s a sucker for a great vocalist – her father was a well-respected singer in Cleveland, Ohio – and she has a real thing for the blues. She’s also a bit of a geek and even has a comic book collection. In my eyes, that makes her very cool.

Some of our favourite albums include:

John Coltrane: Blue Train
Johnny Cash: Live at Folsom Prison
Buena Vista Social Club: Buena Vista Social Club
Fleetwood Mac: Rumours
Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath
Neil Young: After the Goldrush
Foo Fighters: The Colour and The Shape
Marvin Gaye: What's Going On
Prince: Purple Rain
Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin