In the early 2010s, in one of the interviews, Roman said he had music as a hobby. When he lived in Lviv, he was a guitarist and vocalist of the band Tracer (Трейсер), after moving to Kyiv he played in the Extra! Extra! band, but left it. His ironic track Guitar Plunk, dedicated to Ukrainian ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, became quite popular, turned into a meme, and the video, shot on the Maidan during the Revolution of Dignity (2014) events, reached more than a million views on YouTube.
How the track Відбитком пальця (By a Fingerprint) was recorded
In fact, in one of the conversations with my psychotherapist, I got the advice, “Find something that fills you up, what you are fond of.” And I began to think and remember: what really fills me up? I remembered training and music. So I got involved in it. I downloaded a program for creating samples on my phone and started playing with it a bit. At first, I came up with one topic, but it didn’t work for me. Then more and more, and all of a sudden: bang! – there was such a topic that touched me directly and the words themselves began to be thought out one by one. That way the song appeared.
As I had just the experience of, let’s say, recording a song in a peaceful time, I didn’t really understand what to do with this stuff next. So Anton Slepakov’s surname (Вагоновожаті (Vahonovozhati), Warнякання (Warniakannia)) came to my mind. It was he who I recollected first.
I texted Anton with a request to advise me of someone who could help me. I had an idea, a text, musical motif draft, but I had to make an arrangement. He gave me a contact, but the dude turned out not an arranger. Then he contacted Sasha Dvoretskyi. We got in touch, I gave him the stuff, and he listened to it and said, “The task is clear.” Just like that, the process advanced in the right direction.
When I had a day off, I came to Kyiv and recorded vocals in the studio. However, the first version had to be re-recorded as there were changes in the text and I didn’t like the way I sounded at times. We decided to re-record one part but ended up re-recording the whole thing. For the first time, I recorded the voice literally in an hour, even less, and then, after a certain intermediate stage of work on the song, we recorded the second, final version just as quickly. In fact, it is difficult to work on a song remotely, but those were the circumstances.