Ep012 - Josh Jensen, craftsman and entrepreneur

The podcast is six months old, and Josh brings the content for the first episode recorded outside

There are many ways to identify Josh. Craftsman, maker, entrepreneur, father, husband, hustler and all around super cool dude, just to name a few.  Check his website, his Instagram and please go get yourself one of his openers if you are from Washington or Idaho. Hell, even if you're not. You will enjoy that handcrafted piece of art for the rest of your life.  I've bought one for my dad and I'll arm my entire family with one before I kick the bucket.

This particular episode was recorded outside, yet another "first" for the podcast.  We did so because our schedules were ultra tight, and I didn't have time to reach out to Propaganda HQ and secure space there. Josh suggested a coffee shop that split the difference between my work and home, and because really, we just needed coffee at 7 am.  Josh is a peach for meeting me so early.

So we sat on the back patio, sippin' 'mericanos, and I got a chance to test the microphone in a new environment.  I'm happy to report a passing grade; no complaints here. To be honest, I really liked recording outside.  That doesn't mean I wouldn't pick a quieter road next time, as distractions aren't necessarily welcome. The sound of birds chirping brought a level of relaxation, which transferred into our mindset and conversation.  It really shook away the formal tenseness that recording an interview can create. 

Josh is one of those guys that you have incredible conversations with, but he is so modest and "lime-light adverse" that you have to sort of stay on him about recording an episode.  For reference, Josh was one of the first people I reached out to when soliciting guests.  Though at best I'm guessing, I believe Josh wanted to see a bit more fit and finish before he jumped on board.  And I'm okay with that.  That makes you better.  It made me work harder to legitimize and elevate the podcast's content.  I have no concrete moment to point to and say, "this is what I did to get Josh to come on the show".  In reality, I just kept checking in and taking the temp of interest. 

Our conversation is the sort of content I really hope to build on as new guests join the show.  We spoke a lot of what makes Amalgam the project it is and why it even exists.  Josh's accomplishments and mindset motivate you to assign a higher purpose to your work.  He donates much of his time, money and energy to other people.  This is what we should strive to be like.  Amalgam's goal is to give the audience the motivation to do something different, within or outside their comfort zone  We really harp on this as the episode progresses, but in a purely positive light.  We speak a lot about "wins" and what classifies them as such.  If you are paying attention, there is a win in every single thing that happens to you.  But the hard part, for everyone, is opening our eyes to what that really is.

I'm thankful for Josh,  and for his commitment to this project.  He joins the ranks of eleven other individuals who have taken the time to contribute content for the world to indulge in, who have all played a part in making this podcast legitimate and engaging for a wide audience.

To each of my dozen guests, thank you. 

Thank you for taking the risk with me.  I asked a lot from these creatives.  The waters were murky, no one could claim complete understanding of what they were contributing to. It was hard enough for even myself to fully articulate, before things started rolling.  Now here we are,  twelve episodes in and the party is really just beginning.

The podcast was always meant to be a living, breathing medium that composed and acclimated after new interaction and stimuli. With each new episode, I learned a bit more, and the upcoming guest was the new guinea pig (aye).  Each person I interviewed wore a smile on their face, chewed through cringe moments and answered my poorly phrased, overly descriptive questions.  They took time out of their day to meet me in person, or they waited until I put my kids to sleep to take the call to record.  The first poor eight souls answered my questions in real time because I didn't have the bloody decency to send them in advance.  Danny, Ep001, had to deal with what I like to call "Whisper Corbin." That man deserves more than the $15 I paid for a few digital copies of his album.  

Some people met me for the first time in the interview.  Some people hadn't seen or spoke to me in over a decade.  None of them had to help me out, they did so because they believed in my goal and that means the world to me.  The feeling of someone saying "yes, I'll join you on your podcast" is a very special feeling. They could have seen the risks outweighing the positives and turned the other way.

I started this project as 2017 was wrapping up, with many questions and little answers. In the last six months, the podcast is not only legitimate, it has direction and a defined processes leading to its goals.  The audio quality has improved, the hosting is legit, the graphics and Instagram posts are essentially automated, the After Effects templates are in place, and the metrics are beginning to provide insight for decisions.  There is an extreme level of patience guiding everything forward.  People expect the show to go on, they are no longer wondering if it will fizzle out as life gets in the way.  The momentum is gaining, and the pressure has subsided.  It helps tremendously that I've got hands on deck ready to assist, whether it's a recording space, the publishing end, or blogging.  Shout out to Propaganda Creative, Aaron the Audio Engineer, and my sister respectively.  Those three have made the show better and have given me the help I needed to remain confident in this project.  Every other guest, from the first to the last, brings something new to the podcast and make it better simply by participating.

Thank you for joining me in this project.  I hope you find even the smallest bit of information valuable. Doesn't have to be everything at once, just one bite at a time.




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