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Introducing our new Guest Blogger – Parisa Eliyon

A warm welcome to our new guest blogger Parisa who will take us through into the New Year! We asked Parisa 10 questions to get to know her a little bit better –

Who are you ?

Parisa Eliyon, Nottingham, Acoustickle or Basement Forte, depending on how you see it. Promoter/Events putter-onner and band member.

I worked at independent music venue The Maze for over 3 years putting on live events. I run my own night Acoustickle across Notts, and was fortunate to have The Bodega Social at 2010’s Hockley Hustle. I work for Arboretum Records, and can also be found in hip-hop band Basement Forté (reppin’ it for the kids).

What brought you to Nottingham?

My parents birthed me at the QMC. This is a magic little city bustling with creativity across the spectrum. It pulls creative-types in and holds them hostage (in a nice way, with food and stuff).

What keeps you in Nottingham?

My social life is incredible; live music, art, cinema, literature… all at your finger tips. Musicians all getting together and jamming till 5am, free festivals with international acts and seeing a load of your mates doing posh things like ‘album launches’ and ‘signing contracts’. It’s all a bit special.

What makes you different to other creative people in Nottingham?

I’m fortunate to have fantastic insight to many aspects of Nottingham cultures. Behind the scenes helping run a music venue, being there in the beginning of a band’s existence, then going to different cities with them and witnessing the huge impact they’re having all over. Putting on Acoustickles, blues nights and various gigs with Arboretum Records has given me invaluable links. Being in a band myself has furthered this, putting me in touch with every promoter and venue in the city – not to mention I go out a lot, so I’ve become firm friends with some of the most important people in this town!

Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?

With my own radio show playing music from Nottingham and all over the UK (and perhaps independent music from overseas too). I’d like to be a copywriter, and why not, in a band?

What do you wish you had more time for?

I’d love to get music lessons to play the clarinet my friend gave me. Some theory lessons would be awesome. I reckon too many nights out and too many chicken wraps have stuck to me, so more time to get to the gym would be great. OR a magic pill that means I go to bed early and wake up in time to get there…

What keeps you awake at night?

The pull of the music. It’s too easy to stay up jamming, especially at The Maze when you get pretty famous people hanging about. On a serious note, I often wonder if our city will ever get it’s hey-day like Manchester, Sheffield and Bristol. I honestly thought we’d be laughing by now. With the likes of Harleighblu and Natalie Duncan getting so much label recognition, it’s only a matter of time. Go on girls!

What do you think is Nottingham’s best kept secret?

All the little gigs that happen in every bar and venue. You might go out, spend £3 getting in and see a bit of crap, but then out of nowhere come the most delightful sounds and all of a sudden you’re in love. You don’t need radio or music channels when you’ve got some of the most talented musicians in the world playing your local jaunt. Also, has anyone noticed the abundance of INSANELY good graphic designers?! Blow, RG Arts and Marcus C Bell are my faves. Music-wise I’m Not From London, Farmyard, Revolution Sounds, Offcut and anything Adam Pickering does are all hugely positive too.

What would you like to see more of in Nottingham?

People taking risks and going to gigs even if they don’t know the artists. The council should hold publications like Left Lion with higher regard as they do a lot for us.

What Big thing are you currently working on?

In February there’ll be a fortnight of Italian art and music at my mum’s tea rooms and gallery, Platform 29. I’m currently looking at artists to play the masquerade ball that’ll be at the head of the celebrations. Other than that, Basement Forte are playing new years at The Maze with Royal Gala and Harleighblu , and I can’t stop thinking about it.