Nicolle Farup

WHO: Portland live music promoter

The best thing about your job?

I think lookin' out over a full house, when everything has gone wrong and we've overcome it anyway.

I imagine you must see a lot of shit in your business.

Just recently we had the woman who was previously operating Paradigm, and on her final day she came in and cleaned the place out, stripped out the toilets, the sinks, the lightbulbs--even the mops that had been there for like 15 years. We came in the next day and were like "Oh, god, we've got a show to do." So we threw in some light bulbs, cleaned the place up. It was cool. I mean, it was terrible, but it was cool that we got it together.

There's a lot of talk right now about the Portland rock scene being dead. What's your take on that?

I don't think it's dead, but I do think 5 years ago was the peak of alternative music, and at that time there was just a few clubs. Now there's like 30 clubs, and not enough acts to maintain that amount of clubs. I just think it's too spread out. We're a city of 1 million people, but there're 4 million people in Seattle and less clubs. That means that the ones that aren't doing so well are going to fade away.