It all started on a pretty ordinary day when I first saw the artwork of this monkey with sunglasses by artist Zane Karklina. First pop-up in my head was – now, that would be a great album cover! And Zane told me – go on, take it! (That’s what happens when people start having fun with their life). And I am so grateful for that.
Later, I spent a lot of time just staring at the monkey. For a very simple reason. I had no idea what to do with it. At that time I was playing guitar in a band named „Inqognito”. All of my musical efforts were devoted to the band. But this monkey behind the leaves didn’t really fit within the concept of the band.
So, I just kept staring at the monkey. A lot. He seemed so familiar. The funny face, glasses, hiding behind the leaves... And it occurred to me – it’s me! ‘Cause that’s how I spent my recent years. Without much contact with society. Just like a monkey behind the leaves, just smoking a cigarette and looking at the street through my window.
And I thought – but why not? I could record an album of my own. I had some songs, some of them more than 15 years old. I could write some new stuff. For sure, there’s no problem with the material.
Of course, there was a huge setback. Recording, producing and mastering of an album is quite expensive. I didn’t have money. At all. But I had some basic gear to set up a simple home studio. I call it a „doll studio”, because it’s not a real studio. You know, it’s like doll houses versus real houses.
Another setback – I didn’t have any serious producing experience. But I had spent a lot of time in studios as a musician (in real studios, not doll studios). I’ve been watching and chatting with recording engineers. So, I had some basic understanding of the recording process. I thought, I have all the time in the world. I can google it, I can YouTube anything that’s missing and fill in the blank spaces.
I didn’t have any other serious project in my life at that time. Just my daily job. What could I lose? In the worst case scenario – I’ll come out with the most terrible recording in the world. So, what?
I remember art class when I was in 5th grade. We had to draw trees. On that day, I definitely painted the worst trees in the modern history of art. The teacher was very angry, although I really did my best. She thought that I was mucking around.
But that didn’t ruin my life.
It just broke my passion for drawing trees a little bit. And I started doing things that I could do better than trees. For example, making little elephants out of plasticine. I think, I made some five or six. And that was the end of my sculptor’s career.
Later, I studied economics and accounting. I worked in a bank. I worked as a freelance translator. But music was this one passion that never left my side. I continued it in one or another form.
So, when I got more or less comfortable with the recording quality in my doll studio, I started thinking about publishing. It seemed that looking for a record label was not an option. I’m an unknown artist with a goofy music from doll studio. Nah, that wouldn’t cut it. I would probably sell some 10 copies. No label would be interested in such modest income.
That’s when I decided to make my own label which sells exactly what I need - a goofy music from a doll studio. Hence, „Batiscaff Records”. There's a little story behind the name. In 2014, I moved to an extremely small flat. At the beginning, I thought that it is just as small as a submarine. But later, I realized that even submarines are probably more spacious. So, I decided that it is more like bathyscaphe.
But that's where I started my first recordings. And that's how "Batiscaff Records" were born.
I don’t know if there’s any lesson in all of this. For me or for anybody else. But, yeah, that’s what happens when you stare at the monkey for a certain time period. And I’ve been having a lot of fun in the process of making this record. Probably, the main reason – I didn’t take it very seriously, but I did my best and poured my heart out.
So, my friend, thank you for reading this. Stare at the monkeys when you have a chance and just have fun with your life!