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October 25th, 2010

R.I.P. Andy Kotowicz

73042_10150124802574657_621384656_7437915_158005_nJust wanted to take a sec to note the passing of Andy Kotowicz — head of sales and marketing at Sub Pop Records — who died over the weekend following injuries sustained in a car accident. He was 37. In addition to a long, esteemed career in the music industry and just generally being a great guy, he’s the one who brought Philly’s own Pissed Jeans into the Sub Pop fold a few years ago. We spoke with Andy for a Pissed Jeans piece we wrote up for PW last year:

“Obviously a band like that, with the live show they have, that’s a real selling point and I wish they were able to do more touring,” says Sub Pop A&R guy Andy Kotowicz, who signed Pissed Jeans after hearing one of their songs on North Jersey’s WFMU and seeing them play a particularly intimidating set at Allentown’s old punk haven Jeff the Pigeon (which Korvette used to book for a time). “It’s definitely counter to the current thing where the more you’re in touch with your fans and the more you play shows, the more success you wind up having. Am I okay with it? Yeah. I’m happy with whatever touring they’re able to do.”

“I also don’t have a problem waiting a few years between records,” Kotowicz continues. “Maybe it’s crazy for a marketing guy in this day and age to say so, but I don’t really love that whole ‘feed the beast’ mentality, where if you want to stay in people’s minds you constantly have to be releasing stuff to be blogged about. If you’re constantly feeding the beast, the danger is there for the content to be taken for granted and ultimately forgotten about. Framed in that way, I’m actually much more comfortable with the Pissed Jeans approach. When it’s time, it’s time. And if it’s gonna take a couple years to realize something and the album’s gonna be as good as this one is, then, you know, take your time.”

Our thoughts are with Andy’s family and all of his friends during this extremely difficult time.


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  2. By wendy on Oct 25, 2010

    Andy was truly a good person right down to his core. He will be missed greatly. My heart goes out to his family.

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