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Meet: Paris Aitken

We spoke to 2022 BA Music Business graduate Paris Aitken: 

Tell us a bit about you?

My name is Paris Aitken and I'm twenty-two years old from Barry. I’ve been singing since I was eight and started professionally at twelve. I was also a part of the Welsh national opera choir for a time around the ages of twelve and thirteen, classically singing.  

My time at university started with broadcast journalism in 2018 before changing to Popular and Commercial music. I thought broadcast journalism would open more doors for my future, but I always wanted to do music. After a year I decided to just go with my gut and change to music.  

What were you able to take away from your time at university?

My course (popular and commercial music) ran through from 2019-2022.  I took interest in the course due to the variations of modules we had at our disposal, as well as the studio and rehearsal studio's that we could have access to. I took a lot of writing techniques from my song writing class but most things I have learnt from my classmates. They are all so incredibly talented and I have made the best friends. I found my band mates through my time at university too, our band Adrastea plays live house and dance music and will be continuing after graduation. 

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What are some of your hopes and dreams for the future?

My hope for the future is that I can work in online marketing as well as continuing to play gigs and creating original music with my band. We have had multiple gigs so far at The Moon and Tram shed in Cardiff. In August we will be playing an hour set at Tenby Summer Spectacular located on Tenby beach as well as a performing at a wedding which we are all extremely excited about, with hopes of more to come! 

What has been some of your favourite memories from your time at USW?

One great memory I had during my time at university was when my friends and I all got together to record a music video for my new song I had written called "Over it". We all gathered at a friend's house to record the video that consisted of a party scene, and it was so much fun during and after that we all had an actual party that same night.  

I will be leaving university with the best group of friends, ample amounts of experience in the industry and the best band mates I could possibly ask for.