Andrey Batt at the "Exposed – A Space for Art" Gallery grand opening in Moscow, 2014
|Born||Andrey Sergeevich Batychko
August 6, 1985
|Occupation||Actor, rapper, producer, songwriter|
|Years active||2009 – present|
Andrey Batt (born August 6, 1985), is a Russian actor, rapper, songwriter, record producer and film producer. After appearances in a several American TV shows, Andrey gained popularity not only in United States and homeland Russia, but also in Brazil and whole Europe. Andrey began performing in 2009, appearing in commercials and TV-shows, and now he has enjoyed success in television, film and music. In 2016 he became a first ever musician, who performed with a halftime show at the most prestigious sports tournament in Europe – EuroLeague.
Batt was born Andrey Sergeevich Batychko (Russian: Андре́й Серге́евич Ба́тычко) on August 6, 1985 in Tallinn, Soviet Union. At the age of three, Andrey's family moved to Moscow, Russia. Even before he started the first grade, Andrey was engaged in painting. In 1992, Andrey attended a High School in Moscow that specialized in English Arts. At the age of nine, he already began acting in local school performances. His current stage name "Batt" has stuck with him since he was young. It means "Bat" on Creole dialect.
At the age of eleven, Batt started playing basketball for the English High School's team.
While attending school, Andrey became involved in filmmaking and film-production. After graduating from school in 2003, he directed several independent projects, documental films and music videos. He also took on musical composition and song writing for several American, Russian, African, and Portuguese artists.
Andrey began performing in 2009, appearing in several commercials and television roles. His first acting appearance was in NTV Plus channel sports commercial. Later, he starred in several TV shows like "Wedding Ring" on Channel One and "The Capital of Sin (Success by All Means)", where his co-stars was famous Russian actors Dmity Nagiev and Viktoriya Tolstoganova.
In 2010 Batt moved to Los Angeles, where he studied acting, filmmaking and film production. Year later, he appeared in a several American TV shows like "Justified" in which he starred opposite of Timothy Olyphant and "The Walking Dead". After this Andrey gained worldwide reputation among television viewers.
In 2011 Andrey was one of the main contender for a role of a Russian baseball player Ivan Dochenko in a popular American comedy TV show "Eastbound & Down" on HBO. Unfortunately for Andrey, the role went to American actor Ike Barinholtz.
While appearing on television, Andrey also started segueing into film roles. He filmed in the Japanese independent film "Fighting Spirit", but the movie has not been released yet.
Andrey Batt also appeared in a major Russian comedy show Comedy Club on TNT (Russian television network). Batt took part in a show's unit called "Foreplay" (Russian: "Предварительные ласки") in which he starred opposite of comedian stand-up actor Serge "Goreliy" Gorelikov.
Single "Love Above the Clouds" (Russian: "Любовь над облаками") was the first musical experience by Andrey Batychko as his hip-hop alter-ego Batt (Means "Bat" on Creole dialect). It was released on January 15, 2013 on iTunes.
The official video for "Love Above the Clouds" was uploaded to YouTube on January 25, 2013. The music video was filmed in Moscow and directed by Igor Ivanov of China Production Studio.
"Love Above the Clouds" music video is features Russian celebrities and sportsmens as:
- Actress Darya Melnikova, known for her lead role in a Russian TV series "Daddy's Daughters" on CTC Channel;
- 2012 Olympics Games bronze medalist Anton Ponkrashov of the CSKA Moscow and the Russian national basketball team;
- 2009 Universiade silver medalist Anatoly Kashirov of the "Spartak" Saint Petersburg and the Russian national basketball team;
- Three years old Sami, son of the famous Russian hip-hop star Alex Dolmatov, better known as Guf.
On December 16, 2013 Batt relising his second single "Letniy…" (Russian: "Летний…") featuring vocals from Darya Melnikova. It was written and produced by Batt. A music video for the song was released on August 27, 2014. The video received positive reception from critics.
Andrey Batt is a founder of the Charity Box Foundation, a philanthropic organisation that strives to support kids with disabilities.
|2019||Hero||Russia||Announced. Producer, composer|
|2013||Fighting Spirit||Japan / United States||Alexander||Independent film|
|2012||The Walking Dead||United States|
|2012||The Killing||Canada / United States||Hijacker||Uncredited|
|2008–2011||Wedding Ring||Russia||Television special (TeleROMAN)|
|2010||The Capital of Sin (Success by All Means)||Ukraine / Russia||Bribes barman|
|2010||Dirty Work||Russia||Viktor||TV Series|
|2010||You Ordered Murder||Russia||TV Series|
|2009||City of Temptation||Russia / Ukraine||Kostia|
- 2013 – "Love Above the Clouds"
- 2014 – "Letniy" (featuring Dasha Melnikova)
- 2015 – "Letniy" (RIA Project Saxaphone Dance Remix)
- Andrey Batt performed with a Halftime Show at the EuroLeague
- Andrey Batt interview for MainPeople Russia
- Andrey Batt Batychko about his appearance in "The Walking Dead" TV Show (Russian)
- defanafan.com: The Walking Dead: Detalles de la nueva mid-season. (Portuguese)
- КиноПоиск – movie "Hero". (Russian)
- Andrey Batt Batychko about Russian Superhero movie. (Russian)
- First Russian Superhero Mocvie.
- Darya Melnikova and actor Andrey Batt on the set of "Love Above the Clouds" music video (Photo). Archived May 30, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- Anton Ponkrashov in Batt – Love Above the Clouds music video. (Russian)
- Anatoly Kashirov ("Spartak") and Anton Ponkrashov (CSKA) in Batt – Love Above the Clouds music video. (Russian)
- sports.ru: Russian national basketball team members Anatoly Kashirov and Anton Ponkrashov in Batt – Love Above the Clouds music video. (Russian)
- "Spartak" Saint Petersburg Twitter: Anatoly Kashirov stars in Batt – Love Above the Clouds music video. (Russian)
- "StarHit" Magazine – Russian actress Daria Melnikova collabs with rapper Batt. (Russian)
- "7DAYS" Magazine: Melnikova tries as a singer (Russian)
- Daria Melnikova in Batt’s Rap video. (Russian)
- New music videos rating (August 25–31) by "7DAYS" Magazine. (Russian)
- Andrei Kirilenko and Andrey Batt at the "Charity Box Foundation" event. (Russian)
- "Celebrity TREND" Magazine: "Charity Box Foundation". (Russian)
- Batt – Love Above the Clouds on YouTube
- Batt – Letniy… (feat. Dasha Melnikova) on YouTube