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Introducing our new Guest Blogger – Aston Fearon

Creative Nottingham would like to give Aston a warm welcome who will be joining us for the next four weeks. To get to know him a little better, we’ve asked him eleven questions. Over to Aston..

1. Who are you?

I’m a freelance sound engineer based in Nottingham. My work includes gigs, weddings, corporate events, festivals etc…

2. What brought you to Nottingham?

I grew up here!

3. What keeps you in Nottingham?

As well as friends and family. The city is great; we have enormous creative and musical talent and so much potential. The local scene is something that’s often commented on and something I think we often take for granted as residents. The city is filled with amazing venues, art galleries, and cafes. I love being able to experience it all and being in the centre of the country is pretty handy for work if I’m not working here.

4. What makes you unique to other creative people in Nottingham? (eg:- What is your business specialism? Do you have any hidden talents?)

With a hands on background in music production and studio recording, the transition to receiving freelance work for live events was a pretty natural process for me.

Sound is something that surrounds us all the time yet it is quite a specialist field. A unique skill-set and mindset is needed to do the job well; often with tight schedules, long hours and unexpected changes of plan. The role is a both a hundred percent creative and a hundred percent technical. Despite the pressures and demands I enjoy doing what I do and had the opportunity to work on some great events last year including Splendour, Hockley Hustle, Nottingham Arboretum, The Dorchestor and Grovesnor Hotels in London and the opening of Europe’s biggest shopping centre (Westfield Stratford City)

5. Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time? (future business & creative plans)

Still doing what I’m doing. I would love to see loads more local Nottingham artists break through on the national scene and more exciting events taking place in the city. The aim is to look back and say: ‘I was a part of that’.

6. What do you wish you had more time for?

To experience Nottingham more as a punter and a music lover.

7. What is your ultimate guilty pleasure?

Exquisite coffee!

8. What, in your eyes, breeds creativity?

Collaboration, there is so much good happening because local artists, venues and production institutions aren’t afraid to share ideas and work together

I think creativity is often an overlooked trait in many in fields. For sound engineers and the places we work in, technology is always expanding to the point of doing things that 10 to 15 years ago were either impossible or just a luxury. I believe the only reason we’ll continue to keep doing what we do is that we are irreplaceable. Listening and making assessments with our ears is actually very hard without prolonged training; and when most people try they find it surprisingly hard. Having the ability to effect an audience’s experience of what happens on stage is where our creativity comes to the forefront and is probably the most pivotal part of our role.

9. Where in Nottingham have you found to relax and unwind?

I love to walk when I have time off, there are some amazing spots around the city. Currently my favourite is Attenborough Nature Reserve, I also love Wollaton Park- the coffee there is great too…

10. What would you like to see more of in Nottingham?

Venues and promoters in Nottingham managing to support their artists nationally like DHP Group are currently doing with Dog Is Dead.

11. What big thing (project or event) are you currently working on?

Still working with many talented people, venues, and companies.

New galleries of work can be subcribed to on facebook by clicking on the like button. My casual and voluntary work at my church (Trent Vineyard) is always very fulfilling to me. If you’re ever visiting, do come and say hi!


You can find out more about Aston at: 


Twitter: @AstonFearon