Just Checking In

Written by Nicole Delamotte.

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I thought it was finally time for an update and I wanted to let you in on a few things I've been working on this spring, including interviews, my first contributions to Fresh Water Cleveland and Belt Magazine, a listening party, and other relevant news. As always, I like to stay busy so send me an email with feedback, projects (this gun's for hire), or just to chat. delamotte.nicole [at] gmail [dot] com

Diffuser.FM

Zeroing in on the Internet’s edgiest music, buzzed-about videos and freshest culture news, Diffuser.fm untangles the Internet’s daily dose of cool and delivers it to readers on one trailblazing path. If it’s cool and online, you’ll find it on Diffuser.fm, pop culture’s one-stop for the hottest music, news, videos and more. Diffuser.fm is part of Townsquare Media, a digital media and entertainment company that includes other leading news brands such as Ultimate Classic Rock, ScreenCrush, Loudwire and ComicsAlliance.

I've previously mentioned that I was thrilled to be contributing to Diffuser.FM, the indie side of Townsquare Media, and have since had some awesome opportunities to interview members of the Avett Brothers, the Pixies, and Sean Lennon of the Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.

Exclusive Interview -- The Avett Brothers Talk Festival Shows, Collaborations, and New Music (3/12)

The Pixies On The Past, Present, and Future (4/24)

Sean Lennon Talks About His Band The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger In Exclusive Interview (4/29)

I've also contributed other biographical content on the likes of The Flaming Lips, BonnarooGreen DayImagine Dragons, and AWOLNATION.

Cleveland Magazine

Summer Breeze: Jack Johnson picks the perfect soundtrack to your summer [READ MORE]

I did a fun, quick interview with Jack Johnson about his favorite summer tunes in anticipation of his upcoming show at Blossom. His playlist includes Elvis Costello and the Roots, which is something we all can agree on. I've previously contributed to Cleveland Magazine with features on A Great Big World and Herzog.

Fresh Water Cleveland

Fresh Water is a weekly e-magazine and website that reports on What's Next? in and around Cleveland, focusing on technology, innovation, diversity, local food, and entrepreneurship. We speak to creative, highly mobile and curious people who are interested in where the growing companies are, where innovation is taking place, and where unique neighborhood transformations are taking root.

I penned my first original pieces for Fresh Water Cleveland, the locally-focused arm of Issue Media Group.

follow you, follow me: the social media mavens we can get enough of (4/10) – For this feature I profiled some of my favorite Cleveland social media users, including Margaret Bernstein (author, journalist, mentoring advocate), Rachel Lopez (of HER Ideas In Motion, a non-profit supporting women in tech), and Stephanie Sheldon (organizer of the Cleveland Flea).

we’ve got options: alternative transportation takes root in cleveland (5/12) – Experimental and immersive, this has been one of the most fun pieces I’ve worked on to date. I was tasked with trying new alternative transit options in Cleveland – Uber, Lyft, and Ride On Cleveland Pedicabs -- and writing about my experience. The above photos in the banner were all iPhone shots I snapped to tease the article via Instagram. It became the #1 trending article on the site!

"I grew up skateboarding, so I really started to learn my way around the city,” explains [Ride On Cleveland Pedicabs’ Patrick] Stanton as he glides through an alleyway en route to the stadium. “By doing this, I’ve been able to see how Cleveland, especially downtown, has been growing, and it’s so great to watch that happen.” -- we've got options

CellarDoorCLE

On the Cellar Door front, I've been keeping up with local DJs with their playlists, tracks, and commentary including:

Ron Kretsch Talks Beachland Brunch (5/16)

Interview: DJ Lawrence Caswell Talks Square Biz at Luxe (5/23)

An upcoming feature on Secret Soul Club

In the local arts, I previewed Cleveland Orchestra's incredible opera with live animation, The Cunning Little Vixen and you can look for an upcoming interview with John Burroughs (Crisis Chronicles) on his experience leading a recent prison poetry slam.

The Cleveland Orchestra Gets Foxy With Multi-Media Animated Opera (5/20)

In tandem with my job, I had a lot of fun helping coordinate a listening party for Mica Levi's eerie, jarring soundtrack to Under The Skin [starring Scarlett Johansson] in partnership with OutLab at Mahall's, a monthly improv night featuring the best in Cleveland experimental, avant-garde jazz. Special thanks to the Cellar Door crew, Kelly and Joanna at Mahall's, at Tom and Dan with OutLab for making a fun night possible. More info on that event [HERE].

Sneak peek before it's published: here's our Secret Soul Club-curated playlist in honor of their two year anniversary: Secret Soul Club vs CellarDoorCLE On Spotify

Belt Magazine

Belt is an online magazine devoted to long-form journalism, essay, and commentary with a distinctly Rust Belt sensibility. We’re based in Cleveland, but we strive to bring in voices from all over the Rust Belt.

I've had several stories published on Belt Magazine (from the small press that created Rust Belt Chic) as part of an intermittent collaboration with CellarDoorCLE. In April I was asked to write my first original piece on Clevelander Aaron Calafato's solo/monologue-based play that takes on the student debt crisis, For Profit. [READ HERE]

“Keeping people scared and keeping people poor is profitable. It takes someone expressing autonomy and saying no,” he says. “It’s not about being a superhero; it’s a culmination of little acts of rebellion.” - Aaron Calafato

Cleveland Scene - Best Of Cleveland

In March/April, I was nominated for two Cleveland Scene Best Of Cleveland awards: Best Blogger for my work with CellarDoorCLE.com and Best Writing (Editorial) for my freelance work. Cellar Door was also nominated for five (5!) other categories including Best Local Promoter, Best Local Blog, Best User Friendly Website, Best Arts/Culture/Music Blog, and Best Events Page.

Cellar Door nabbed Best Arts/Culture/Music Blog, adding to last year's Best Local Promoter win!

Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com

Nikki Delamotte of Cellar Door Cleveland shares her favorite hip veg-friendly spots: 5 For Friday [READ MORE]

Peter Chakerian was nice enough to let me sound off on my favorite local restaurants, dishes, and drinks for this fun feature in the Plain Dealer/Cleveland.com. Give it a look over for some veggie-friendly suggestions in town! And follow his weekly series for more opinions on independent food options from people who are much more qualified to talk about it.

I'll also be contributing to another feature in the PD as one of 50 people talking about Cleveland. Stay tuned!

For the record, my picks:

The Katz Club Diner (1975 Lee Rd., Cleveland Heights; 216-932-3333,www.thekatzclubdiner.com) - Vegan curried lentil soup

Mason's Creamery (4401 Bridge Ave., Cleveland; 310-405-2027,www.masonscreamery.com) - Vegan Horchata ice cream

Beachland Ballroom and Tavern (15711 Waterloo Rd., Cleveland; 216-383-1124, www.beachlandballroom.com) - Beachland Barberita cocktail to go with brunch

Beet Jar Juicebar and Takeaway (1432 W. 29th St., Cleveland; Facebook,www.beetjar.com) - Cashew mylks and kale chips

Mahall's 20 Lanes (13200 Madison Ave., Lakewood; 216-521-3280,www.mahalls20lanes.com) - Veggie tacos

Speaking Engagements

I had the pleasure of speaking to an Oberlin College arts writing class of Anne Trubek's (also Editor-In-Chief at BELT Magazine!) along with amazingly multi-talented scribe and pal Annie Zaleski. This was a lot of fun and look for more to possibly come from this trio. Until then, I'll leave you with this ridiculously great profile of experimental musician Aaron Dilloway, owner of Oberlin's Hanson Records shop, penned by one of Anne's arts writing students, Zoe Gould. If you read it, you'll know why I felt like I should have been taking tips from Anne's students and not vice versa. Great teacher, great students.