We had the good fortune of connecting with Bailey Rogers, Jordan Marrone, and Marcel Reyes-Vermillion and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Bailey Rogers, Jordan Marrone, and Marcel Reyes-Vermillion, how does your business help the community?
Marcel: Flowers are always a symbol of joy. They are an expression of beauty and life from the Earth itself. So we base our philosophy on the idea of a bouquet: a gift of music, dance, and joy, to someone we love. We want our Bouquet. events to be a unifying place for the dance community, the queer community, and the underground music scene. We were inspired by our own positive experiences attending other parties and clubbing around the world, and witnessing the extremely unifying impact that gathering around music and dance can have across a diverse group of individuals. We strive to create a safe space on our dancefloor, for people from all walks of life to feel appreciated, seen, and celebrated – simply for existing, and for making time in their lives to join in the dance and support one another as human beings. Specifically, our mission to make a safe space for queer people of color, that mission comes from a very authentic place. I am a gay Filipino, and my identity means a lot to me. Also, some of the world’s most amazing dance venues and clubs are queer clubs. Regardless of people’s orientations, they all want to party at these meccas of sound and taste and have to accept that they are guests in a queer environment – which can be incredibly eye-opening for them on a diversity standpoint. So for us, it’s an attempt to pay genuine homage to these bastions of queer representation and some of the world’s best dance experiences. As a record label, we have the same ethos. We are also driven by a desire to commemorate and bring light to talent that veers off from the mainstream. Those who pour their passion into beautiful music, and have niche followings in the world. We are attracted to immortalizing them by releasing them on our label, including making limited edition, beautifully-done vinyl releases. Again, our label is offering a bouquet of music to the people watching what we do and collecting our catalogue.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Bailey: The biggest challenge is ahead of us. Covid has really hurt safe spaces and has been the worst economic crisis for a lot of us, especially those of marginalized communities. So, how are we (as a community) not only going to restore safe space but do a better job. In terms of running a record label, I am really lucky to have the partners, friends, and mentors that I have. There are always challenges so not being shy or scared to seek advice really helps me overcome whatever is thrown my way. Let’s be honest, rejection is a part of it, so not only accepting but embracing that it will always be a road full of learning experiences. Two lessons I have learned along the way that I hope others take to heart: The first – We are all bodies amongst each other. As one rises we all do, as one struggles we all do. This may be a utopian outlook, but this isn’t a competition. Putting your ego aside to listen and learn from every challenge, opportunity, and community member leads to growth both personally and for all. The second – That this can be done on your own terms. In all industries there is a norm that brings pressure to conform to be successful. This just isn’t the case and can be applied to all societal norms. Being your most authentic self – that’s all that matters. If you haven’t read Madison Moore’s book “Fabulous” I highly recommend it. Our story is forever evolving and I wouldn’t change that. As one chapter ends another the next is waiting to be written. Recently I have been putting a lot of time into the record label which is inspired by the dancers, sounds, fog, lights, conversations, the surreal, and ticklish moments that have happened at Bouquet. When someone listens to the records on the label I hope they escape their body and surrender to the beat for a moment of time.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Jordan: When it comes to spots around town we have been lucky enough to establish some deep-rooted relationships. In a little over 3 years, we have done 30+ plus events at 14 different venues. One spot we are known for is Spin Nightclub, both as a nightclub and for our day parties on their rooftop. The relationships there go beyond business and everyone on staff is like extended members of the Bouquet family. For dining, we would highly recommend Bleu Boheme, the Belgian bistro in Normal Heights for delicious traditional French cuisine. Since events are just half of our business composition we also have to shoutout all the local record shops in San Diego with a special thanks to Folk Arts and Rare Records, Feel It, Re-animated Records, and M-Theory.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
We emphatically shout our homie Dylan Chase (IG: @caffeine_worldwide), who goes by the moniker Caffeine Worldwide, for helping us to get our Bouquet. Recs label going. He has amazing taste and understands how to pick out really special projects that fit the range of sound we cover. We also shout out our label’s visual artist. Truly, she’s our resident artist. Her name is Cecilia Martinez de Puig (IG: @cmdp.fk), and she has been interpreting the vintage aesthetic we shoot for, and nailing our brand’s distinctive look, ever since we started.

Website: https://linktr.ee/bouquetrecords

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bouquetrecs/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bouquetrecs

Other: Bandcamp store: https://bqt-records.bandcamp.com/

Image Credits
Erica Thornberry Instagram: @umm.Erica Javier Luna Instagram: @fresco_luna

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