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Dynasty-Batiste Brothers, Inc
The Elm St. Practice room would soon be replaced by my living room. I set up my front room just as I’d set up the band room on Elm Street-a set of drums, bass amp, guitar amp, keyboards, keyboard amplifiers and a P.A. System.
While in college, I learned about having an identity. Music was undergoing it’s usual transformation. It was commercial to have a musical family group. Then, the Isley Brothers, the Brothers Johnson, the Jackson 5 and other musical families existed.
Besides family groups, there were groups sprouting up all over the country that featured group songs. Having a love for performing on stage with my family made it that much better. Being influenced by those family groups as a commercial success story, I recruited all Batiste family members to become a part of a record venture. It’d be and independent record company to start an industry such as Motown, or early Cosimo Studio recordings in New Orleans.
The goal would be to put out a hit record like King Floyd had done. I thought we could get picked up by a major record company and have the upper hand on a deal. I was never a fan of getting a record deal because everybody I knew who had one had been messed over. The important thing would be to negotiate a good deal. I knew of stories about deals where the producer cut the deal and he was given $150,000.00 to produce the tracks. The money would go into escrow to be recouped from record sales. The producer would agree to do an album.
I went to Dad with the idea of putting together an independent production and record company. Besides being a pragmatist, Dad was too consumed with raising seven boys and bringing in the major part of the families income. Though, Mom had the same tasks, she listened to what I told her about the music business and put up $1,000.00 as her 20% shares to start a record company. I put up money for 51% of the corporation.
It would be called Dynasty-Batiste Brothers Incorporated. Estella C. Batiste, Paul Batiste, Michael Batiste, Peter Batiste, James Batiste and Thomas Batiste are stockholders for their share of the corporation. David was not in the corporation because this time we were still separated. He’d already started another group with his wife and a white guy on guitar. The guitarist was real good. He was the first person I saw play harmonics on the guitar. Later, David would play with the Meters. He would later go on Saturday Night Live with them. The Meters would soon break up.
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