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Katie

Co-founder & Manager of Bayonet Records/A&R for Secretly Label Group. Greenpoint

 

Listed in Brooklyn Magazine 'Most exciting and influential creatives in Brooklyn', Katie Garcia currently does A&R and event coordination for Secretly Group. In addition to working at Secretly, she runs a label of her own called Bayonet Records alongside her husband and Beach Fossils founder, Dustin Payseur. Katie was also the label manager of independent label Captured Tracks for 4 years between 2010-2014. 

 

Top, Zara ; Shorts, Forever 21 ; Socks, H&M ; Boots & Backpack, Vintage.

Top, Flux of Pink Indians Band Shirt.

I almost exclusively wear black and white. My way of “mixing it up” so I’m monochromatic all the time is by incorporating cool patterns. Red and army green also sneak their way into a few pieces.
I wake up after setting three alarms, I do a deep stretch reaching up while inhaling, and then bend over while exhaling, I pop my contacts on or just wear my glasses if I’m feeling lazy.

Dress, Zara ; Necklace, Alter. 

I’m big into Uniqlo and Zara. Alter in Greenpoint has a lot of great stuff and it’s one of the few NYC boutiques I’ve been to where everything is actually affordable. And then of course I go thrifting as much as I can. I don’t go as often as I’d like to in NYC mainly because there aren’t many good thrift spots and the few that are great are far from my place. However, when I go home to Miami I go straight for this one special shopping center that has a few thrift stores (which I will not name and selfishly keep secret, but if you’re from Miami... you know what I’m talking about) and pick up so many great treasures.

Katie's favorite beauty products. 

I don’t wash my face in the morning. Typically I wash my face and put moisturizer (Kiehl’s or Proactive) right before I go to bed so when I wake up I’m ready to run out the door.

Dress, Zara. 

I got into music partly by my own curiosity and partly by my mom’s younger brothers who listened to great music in high school. I used to go into their room when I was a kid and look at the posters on their walls and ask all these questions about all the bands they were into like The Stone Roses and The Cure. I also just watched a ton of MTV growing up, so a lot of the stuff on there definitely shaped my music taste for better or for worse!

Katie's Favorite Records, clockwise from left: Tones On Tail 'Weird Pop', WIRE '154', Jessica Pratt 'On Your Own Love Again', The Microphones 'The Glow Pt. 2' & Them Are Us Too 'Remain'. 

I’ve liked ‘The Glow Pt.2’ since my best friend in college Shelby introduced me to it. It perfectly summed up how I was feeling at that time in my life. It’s loud and almost metal-like at times and then quiet and contemplative at others. During young adulthood I had this swirling whirlpool of emotions both high and low and a constant yearning whether for love, friendship, understanding or rebellion. I would have to assume that it’s the same for most people during that time in their lives. For me personally, everything in my life was so romantic whether via either actual romance or just going on wild adventures with my gang of friends. Flying on my bike down a hill, shooting off fireworks in the park, lounging in bed with a lover, smoking weed in a giant parachute; this album soundtracked all those moments in my mind.

The Microphones 'The Glow Pt.2'

Dress, Zara.


Katie's Favorite Books.

The BWLOOW was such an eye-opening book in terms of what I learned about the history of the Dominican Republic. Despite being Cuban, I didn’t know much about the neighboring island of the DR. I never knew the story behind Trujillo or Las Hermanas Mirabal, but after reading I felt enlightened.

Dress, Zara ; Bracelet, Old Navy.

Dress, Zara.

Another book that really affected me was The Fall by Camus. I had just been dumped by the guy who gave me the book and I was reading it while on a family trip in Germany. The book really struck a chord with me. The confessions of this selfish lawyer in the novel sort of mirrored the actions of my ex-partner at the time. It felt good to kind of wallow in the “people are shit” mentality. I generally don’t feel that way about people and try to have a pretty positive outlook on life, which is probably why reading stuff like Camus is very sobering for me! I need that balance in my life.

Katie's Stuff For Sale

 

Katie's Wishlist


Katie Recommends

Le Gamin for dinner/brunch, Eagle Trading Co. for lunch/coffee/tea and Glasserie for a fancy dinner

Ramona for a nice cocktail, Pencil Factory or Broken Land for a good beer.

Alter for an affordable boutique, Molasses Books for a great bookstore w/a bar, Cafe Himalaya for incredible (and cheap!) Nepalese food. 

 

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