#HowWeListen – Katie Garcia / Bayonet & Secretly Group

How We Listen is an interview series where Byta interviews artists, their teams, and everyone else working in music about how they find and listen to music, new and old.
Katie Garcia Bayonet Secretly Group
Who are you?
Katie Garcia

Where are you based?
NO SLEEP TILL BROOKLYN

Where do you work? What do you do?
I’m the founder of Bayonet Records and Director of A&R at Secretly Group.

What are you listening to?
This very second I’m listening to Chelsea Wolfe. More generally speaking I’ve been listening to a lot of Turnstile, Pouya, Disq and Kacey Musgraves. Also been listening to “Doorman” by slowthai x Mura Masa on repeat.

How do you find new music?
It’s honestly such a combination. Getting suggestions from friends, getting to shows early to see the opening band. Seeing a friend post about a new band on instagram. Emails from managers too, but personally I prefer to see it live or have a friend who I trust recommend something to me.

What formats do you usually listen to? LP, CD, Cassette, Digital, Streaming Service and why?
Streaming, vinyl, cassettes, CDs in that order. The reason being mobility! The way I consume music is directly related to where I am in the moment and where I’m going. Streaming is easy to listen to when you’re walking around the city. Usually when I have people over my house I’ll put vinyl on. When I’m in the shower I listen to cassettes. And lastly when I’m in a car I usually pop on a CD.

Where do you do most of your music listening?
This is a slightly boring answer, but I think I do most of my listening at my desk on my computer at work or walking around on my phone. I like being able to walk around and listen to music in my headphones by myself. The way I feel listening to music walking around is very different than when I’m listening in a car or at my house. Different settings, the time of day, the weather, your mental state all change the way you interpret music you hear.

How do find and listen to pre-release music?
It depends! Sometimes I’ll just get mastered versions of an album we’re putting out. Obviously I get a LOT of those as a result of what I do for a living. However, outside of work stuff I usually get sent watermarked downloads or private streams.

What are your frustrations with listening to music digitally? Any benefits?
I think the benefit again is mobility and being able to listen to music on the go. As far as frustrations for me it would be not being able to listen to something on a streaming platform when I don’t have good service. I try to put the stuff I want to listen to later offline. Another frustration is the lack of transparency on the backend of payments.

How do you keep track of everything you are listening to?
I just have an ongoing massive playlist of things I’m listening to. And anything not on a playlist I just have download of on my phone or have saved on Youtube.

Do you tip other people off to new music? How?
Usually if it’s something I like, but am not signing I’ll send to other friends who might dig it via text/email/insta. Or if it’s a project I’m working on I’ll just post about it on my stories.

Anything you want to “promote”?
Go to Bayonet Records shop and buy one of everything! Also pick up Better Oblivion Community Center, keep an eye out for Faye Webster this year.

#HowWeListen – Katie Garcia / Bayonet & Secretly Group was last modified: March 26th, 2019 by Byta