In episode 2 of Netflix’s new fantasy thriller series, Jaskier (Joey Batey) the bard tags along with Geralt (Henry Cavill) on an adventure, which results in a very catchy tune. Batey, along with composers Sonya Belousova and Giona Ostinelli, spoke to Decider about what went into creating the musical hit, which, by the way, was almost a rap song.
“This is exactly what we were trying to achieve because, to us, Joey and his character, Jaskier, he’s like Freddy Mercury of the Continent, basically,” Belousova said. “We’re trying to make him the rockstar of the Continent.”
In other words, according to Ostinelli, “[Jaskier] needed a very good, medieval rock, modern ballad.”
Belousova and Ostinelli deliberately avoided the Witcher saga’s books and video game adaptations, so their music choices wouldn’t be tainted. They also worked with Batey, who contributed to the distinct melody of “Toss a Coin to Your Witcher.” And fun fact: Batey recorded the song while he was “sick as a dog.”
“I feel sorry for them that they had to put up with me in my decrepit state,” Batey said. “But hopefully it doesn’t sound too bad.”