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Hidden Gems: Meet Alexandra Morancy of Rabotat Records

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexandra Morancy.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Rabotat Records was founded by myself and my co-founder, Nicholas Zeigler-Heil, back in 2018 in Los Angeles. We met studying abroad in Valencia, Spain back in 2013 and found a shared dream to create + release music together and with our friends. We started small-scale, operating out of small apartment bedrooms and in coffee shops with free wifi. The dream grew and we eventually established ourselves as Rabotat, finding our footing when we landed in LA in 2015 after living in Berlin, Germany.

Since 2018, we have celebrated over 12 releases with artists all around the globe and have expanded our creative community to include chefs, filmmakers, and graphic artists. We also have an ever-expanding Youtube channel, Rabotat [•REC], where we are hosting new content every month, including numerous chef series by Jay Chavez and our indie live stream series CIRCUITRY.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
There have been numerous obstacles that we have found during our journey – mainly, the lack of a physical community and outside resources to help the cause.

I don’t think anyone has it solved when they decide to start a record label.. you start with a love of music and go from there and hope that your passion and perseverance will ultimately pay off. We have gone even further by welcoming a variety of “artists” into our roster, with one of the largest personalities being a chef, and that has really grown a fun online community behind our label. We love being in Los Angeles and all of the people and talent that resides here; it’s unique compared to other cities we have lived in for its warmth and hustle.

However, the high cost of the city has been one of our biggest hurdles to cross. Also, given the pandemic, we are no longer able to go out to shows – even throw our own shows – and meet new people. That has been incredibly hard and we have taken for granted the importance of experiencing life with people in person. We are really looking forward to turning the corner and getting back out with people in the city again when it’s safe to do so.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know?
Rabotat is a record label that doubles as an artist collective – bringing together a variety of indie creatives who can freely actualize their dreams with a support system on their side.

Nick has a background in Music Production and is a multi-instrumentalist, while I have been working my way through the global music industry for the past eight years. Those layers of experience and knowledge aid us in being able to provide our artists with the best we can, whether we are producing an album, editing our YT series in-house, or hosting our day-long live stream events. We are really proud of what we have accomplished as a twosome and it’s been a wild ride.

We open our doors to anyone who has a hard time finding their place in the mainstream – if you find yourself on the fringe, we are your type of people and what we create is THAT kind of content. You can find us these days buzzing around the web and on our YT page Rabotat [•REC] regularly – we really welcome anyone to reach out and start a conversation.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
Los Angeles is incredible for numerous reasons, a few I mentioned earlier being the wonderful people and talent that color this city. You have no shortage of options when you’re here and there is a little something for everyone, especially if you’re interested in music and performance. This is also probably generic, but the weather is also outstanding (I can vouch here, being from Maine originally) and that is worth mentioning time and time again. Being here, we are also close in proximity to Las Vegas, where our man Jay Chavez is based.

The hardest parts about this city tend to be the cost and having to drive everywhere for us (we are both more comfortable riding bicycles, which we did while living in Berlin). During the pandemic, it has also been an incredible challenge living in an apartment in the city, where we are stacked on numerous other apartments and everyone is home at all times. It has been hindering being stuck in place but I’m sure a lot of us are having that feeling right now.

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Jay and the Fam – credit to Dixiecupmom (artist) Just Whiskey – Credit APSIS Films CIRCUITRY Halloween – credit to Scott Van Orden (artist)

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