Memories - Patricia Wysopal (In House Publicist)
Patricia is our new in house publicist! She holds the record of the longest commute of any PV’er each day. She’s also addicted to Nutella…and any other sweet thing. Here’s her entry!
“Although my employment history with Polyvinyl Records only stretches as far back as August 2011, my relationship with the label started long before. I was introduced to Polyvinyl artists through a friend in my Spanish class who was more interested in sharing new music than learning the language (and I was more than OK with this).
One day he brought me a Polyvinyl (Kinsella-themed) mix CD feat. Owen, Joan of Arc and Owls. After listening to his compilation, I started sampling other Polyvinyl artists on the old Epitonic site. Polyvinyl’s music quickly developed into my high school soundtrack; listening to Volcano, I’m Still Excited while driving to all-ages shows, an ex-boyfriend sending me lyrics to “Never Meant” through AOL Instant Messenger, etc. I can’t remember why I kept the track listing (seen in photo), but it resurfaced when I was packing to move out of my parents house and brought back all sorts of memories.
Fast forward to my college years. I bump into Andy in the hallway in the Creative Arts building and he tells me that he’s interning for Polyvinyl. We high-five each other and share a ‘holy shit’ moment. Yeah, it was completely left field that someone, anyone from our neck of the woods, would get to intern for a record label, especially Polyvinyl. I congratulated him and we parted ways.
Fast forward once more, one year later. I bump into Andy in the hallway again, only this time he tells me that he’s been hired by Polyvinyl. I ask a million questions, congratulate and high-five him while thinking to myself how awesome that is. It was probably the biggest thing to happen to anyone in our circle of friends, ever, and there was no disputing that Andy most definitely had the coolest job out of anyone we knew.
I’d run into Andy frequently over the course of the next few years and he’d update me on his job, all the interesting things he was doing and all the cool people he’d been meeting. My job at the time was very uncool and so it was nice to learn that at least others were contributing to society.
I guess it goes without saying that I never imagined that I’d be here, sitting in this chair behind my desk in PV’s San Francisco office. It’s surreal to think that a few years ago I wondered just how great it must be to work for a record label and that now I know firsthand. It’s nice to know that however small, I’m contributing to a pretty fantastic cause, indie music. Now, I’ve already started accumulating new Polyvinyl memories, only this time as an employee. From meeting the rest of the team in Champaign to learning just how intense an of Montreal album release is, it’s been a pleasure to work for (and with) such talented individuals. And no, not even my 2-hour commute each way can change that.”