Interview: Elena Savlokhova
Photo: Yan Wasiuchnik
Baasch is a Polish composer, songwriter, and music producer.
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What does music mean to you?
Music makes my life better. I think it makes me better as a person. It helps me to keep balance. It’s also my passion, job, and way of living.
You’ve once noted that for you the creation of music opens up a possibility of meeting the self. How well would you say that you know yourself?
I know myself better every day. However we constantly change, all of us. So it’s important to keep watching how things develop. Music gives me the option to watch myself in a specific way, a very intuitional way. I find it very helpful.
What is the enemy of creativity and how do you overcome it?
It’s important not to be afraid to make mistakes. You shouldn’t push yourself to create the best art in the world. Something like that doesn’t even exist. I think it’s important to do what you feel. Don’t think too much, don’t calculate. Just feel it and do it.
As you become more and more experienced, does it become more difficult to start a new song from scratch?
Not really. I think it’s not a matter of experience but a state of mind. If you really need to make music, then it’s very intuitional, if you don’t really feel doing it, then it might be a struggle.
Your upcoming album ‘Noc’ is affected and inspirited by the night. What do you personally find so magical about the night?
We are different by night. We feel differently, think differently. I think we are more animalistic when the sun goes down. I find the night very inspiring.
What new truths have you uncovered about yourself while working on this new album?
I discovered my duality and that sometimes it’s hard for me to manage my impulses.
What is your personal definition of beauty? Would you say that your perception of what is beautiful changes over time?
I don’t really like it when something is too beautiful. Sometimes when I hear a really nice song I feel like I want to deconstruct it, turn it upside down to make it more interesting, more affecting, more challenging for the listeners.
Then I think it is more beautiful.
Who is or was your biggest teacher in life?
What book would you recommend and why?
Patti Smith “Just Kids”. It’s so inspiring to read about her early years in New York in the 70s: about her complicated relationship with Robert Mapplethorpe, how determined they were to create, to be artists. It’s a real story about beautiful people, beautiful times. After reading it I felt for the first time in my life that I want to go to NY.
How was the concept of the recently released music video ‘Brokat’ born and how did it come to life? What was the most challenging part of the process?
The action of the song takes place early in the morning. Somewhere between night and day. I wanted the video to happen on the border of two worlds. That’s why we decided to create an alternative VR animation world. And this was the biggest challenge – to put video and animation together. Members of the team who made the video were in different cities during isolation, it was difficult to coordinate the workflow. I’m really happy we did finally.
What are some of your favorite music videos by other musicians?
I’m not a huge digger when it comes to music videos. I remember that a video that attracted me quite a lot during the last few years was Arca’s “Reverie”. I love how simple and powerful it is at the same time.
What do you realise as you get older?
I find myself more relaxed and less caring about others’ opinions. I trust and like myself more.
For someone who has never been to Warsaw, what’s your advice on what not to do and where not to go?
Warsaw is not an easy city for new people. There are some really beautiful places and some less welcoming ones. I really recommend focusing on the general energy of the city and the people who live there. It’s also worth discovering Warsaw’s parks. Some of them are wild and beautiful. It’s also better to come in spring or summer. It’s a totally different city when it’s warm.
There’s this film by Yorgos Lanthimos ‘The Lobster’, where single people are meant to find a partner in 45 days, and if they don’t, they must choose an animal to transform into. What animal would you choose and how would this choice reflect your personality?
Definitely a bird. One of those who fly to warm countries in the winter. I love changing my surroundings from time to time. I also hate winters. I think I would feel freer as a bird than I do as a human.
What topics fascinate you right now?
It’s fascinating how lonely people are in very social situations in night life, when they go out.
How do you want your work to echo in the culture?
I hope to give something to people with my music. I’ve heard a lot of times that my music helps my listeners in some way. It’s the biggest compliment for me as an artist.
What question would you like to be asked in an interview and what would you answer?
‘In what country you haven’t played a concert yet and you would like to go next?’ Ukraine!