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Nick Peterson '10

1: What have you been up to since graduation?
In a nutshell, I’ve been working to create a sustainable position in the ever-changing world of music. Upon graduating, I launched a new music website called Apes on Tape. That same summer, I was invited to be an international delegate for a large music festival in Norway. I saved my pennies and ultimately traveled around ten European countries covering that festival and several others ranging from Sweden to Croatia.

After that, I returned home and worked on my family’s ranch in Northeastern Washington, writing for Apes on Tape in the morning and hanging barbed wire in the afternoon. Slowly, I built the site’s following and our pieces were highlighted by major music outlets like Pitchfork, NME, etc. I’ve traveled about 15,000 miles in the past four months to build AoT and cover bigger American music events like SXSW and Coachella. We’re set to eclipse 100,000 visitors this summer!

2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
Launching USD Radio’s live broadcast stream for the first time. After years of hard work from students and faculty, it was just amazing to see it all come to fruition and hear our voices carry across the intrawebs.

3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
I absolutely love the Reflection Pool behind IPJ, with its view of the Pacific, Mission Bay and downtown San Diego. But by senior year, I was pretty much working, eating, studying and sleeping in the radio room in SLP. That room, “The Closet” as we named it, basically became my second home. I still carry an old key to the Closet on my key ring.

4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
Esteban del Rio. I originally took his Media Studies class freshman year and it had a profound impact upon not only my college career, but the sort of “independent” attitude that I’ve tried to maintain while navigating the incredibly commercial and “who you know” reality of the music industry. Del Rio’s the type of guy who will inspire you to push your mind’s limits in the classroom, then turn you onto your next favorite band over a beer in O’Toole’s.

5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
I still keep in touch with a lot of younger friends who still attend USD.

6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Start something new and explore new boundaries. USD’s intimate campus and community can seem quite insular at times. But there are so many potential opportunities if you’re willing to push the envelope and knock on people’s doors. There are dozens of welcoming professors and staff members ready to help you create the next best thing to hit campus.

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