I had the pleasure of sitting next to Andy Kotowicz every weekday for almost a year when I worked at Sub Pop. I sadly have just come back from his memorial service in Seattle, and words cannot express the devastation of knowing I’ll never see him again. I love Andy K. He was one of the warmest, funniest, most passionate people I’ve ever met.
Andy is responsible for signing some of the most interesting and weird artists on Sub Pop (Pissed Jeans, Wolf Eyes, Vetiver, the list goes on). But I’ll remember him more for the quiet banal moments. I’d start every morning with a cheerful hello from him and quietly enjoy overhearing him yelling at a retailer or cracking the most inappropriate/hilarious joke over his hushed office music soundtrack…mostly reggae or psychedelic noise.
When I gave my notice to go work for Domino, Andy asked if I’d reconsider if he promised to play less reggae. Little did he know, he’s the reason I would become obsessed with rocksteady, mod reggae, and old studio one ska. The Althea and Donna 7″ he gave me is one of my prized possessions.
I almost want to say he’s the type of guy that makes you smile every time you think of him…but there is no ‘type of guy’ like Andy…he was one of a kind. I never would’ve believed my goodbye party in Seattle would be the last time I’d see him. I don’t quite know what to say, except I feel so lucky to have had the time I did with him. My thoughts are with the Sub Pop family, as well as Andy’s wife and daughter. I’ll miss Andy so much.