Ep006 - Aaron Johnson from the Cascadian Beer Podcast

Called in another favor from a fellow Sehome Alumni

Aaron Johnson has background in radio and television broadcasting, runs his own successful podcast (with plans for more), and freelances as an audio engineer for several other podcasts.  As of now, he is completely supporting himself with his freelance audio work and continues to produce excellent content for the Cascadian Beer Podcast.  Aaron sees over 100k downloads per month from the shows he is involved in.

Aaron and I graduated from Sehome High School together in 2005 and he was the only one who left the continent post-graduation, at least immediately.  As with Danny and Mike from Ep001 & Ep004 respectively, I wanted to get Aaron on the show early because we all went to school together and this would be a great opportunity to connect.

CBP is sponsored by BC Ale Trail.  Having a sponsor for your own show is a big deal.  And while I didn't quite get to asking Aaron how that worked out, there was plenty I was able to learn from this episode.  In fact, along with Ep003, Jonathan Schmitz, this episode ranks as second most valuable to me as an audience member.  Obviously because these two particular guests are podcasters, and successful to boot.

As I reviewed this episode and prepared it for publishing, it was hard to remove anything despite a couple spots requested by Aaron himself.  Nothing major was removed.  The conversation for this episode felt different while I was recording compared to listening to it a couple weeks later. In fact, to be honest, I was worried that I wasn't going to have enough enthusiasm to keep up with Aaron, the veteran podcaster.  You can tell he has plenty of experience so I guess initially I would have been intimidated by that.  This leads to why I was a little apprehensive to get the review of this episode done.  I didn't want to hear myself.

But all that was for nothing because the episode is great and I sounded fine.  Aaron was easy to talk with and kept the podcast moving along better than I did.  And now as I reflect on why I felt the way I did, its because I remember that I was the least prepared for this episode.  Aaron was ready to record an episode the second I asked him if he wanted to be on my show.  What do you expect from a veteran podcaster though? Jonathan was similar.  I understand the itch to get the content recorded.  Once you do it really feels amazing.  Something about having that episode in the ranks, ready to be polished off and published.  Makes you feel like you're accomplishing things.  Anyways, I wasn't going to push back an opportunity to get the raw audio recorded for another episode.  If I haven't said it on the podcast, my biggest fear is not recording another episode in time to hit the "every-other-Tuesday" quota.

Things I learned: Aaron brought a ton of great stuff for the resources section.  He detailed his entire recording setup which is portable and flexible for different types of setups.  Definitely going to save up and get the recorder he is talking about but I don't know about getting the battery one.  I'm a hardwired type of person but thats just me.  Particularly he suggested the Zoom H5 Field Recorder and Shure SM58 Microphones.

Post show stuff: Aaron has been very helpful as a consultant (as every other guest has been).  He's pointed out a few things on the backend that I need to work on to legitimize my podcast.  This involves migrating the existing YouTube hosted episodes to a paid hosting service.  Aaron was kind enough to master the audio track for the episode.  He also provided the following links for other shows he is involved with.  

Check them out when you get a chance.


Aaron also provided the link to an audio book he produced called Trying To Be Good.  It features his own original music and sound design.

Enjoy the episode and get back to me regarding any feedback or suggestions!  Looking forward to putting all the resources together from all the guests thus far.  Hopefully that will help some of the audience with their projects.

 

- CM