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Ep007 - Darrien Mack, visual designer from Community Minded TV

Darrien joins me at Propaganda HQ for a quick lunchtime podcast

Darrien Mack is a visual designer and works at Community Minded Television, a company of Community Minded Enterprises.  CMTV operates downtown Spokane, WA and provides the space, equipment and consulting for anyone in the community to create visual content.  There are computers complete with industry standard software available for use, just make sure to bring your own hard drive.  Check out CMTV's Instagram as well as CM Enterprises YouTube channel for a complete channel of their content.  Additionally, if you are a Comcast television subscriber, you can check out CMTV's broadcasted content on channel 14.

Darrien also runs a videography tutorial course out of CMTV.  Check out Darrien's Instagram for more information those sessions and their dates/times.

One of the reasons I wanted to have Darrien on the show is because he might be one of the most interesting creatives I follow on Instagram.  I mean, everyone does their thing and does it well.  I have respect for everyone I follow or else I wouldn't follow them.  However...

Darrien's stuff does what every art teacher will tell you to do from the first days of class.  Grab your audience's attention.  His work does this because not only is it borderline abstract, but because the composition is always impressive and incorporates a variety of themes, colors and mediums.  Photography collages with photoshopped gradients and backgrounds or incredibly clean videography are a couple examples of Darrien's versatility as an artist.  There always seems to be a direction or motion to his work and he uses the juxtaposition of his elements in clear, communicative ways.  Often, Darrien includes a song for you to listen to while you consume the content visually.  The degree of how much the song relates to the accompany visual is a question you have to ask him directly. 

Overall this episode was great to record and Darrien and I share a fair amount of our top 5 favorite films.  I learned plenty from this episode, but two major takeaways stick out in my mind.

First off, I noticed I have a tendency to ask a question, explain the question further, and then ask the question again, all while the guest is waiting to answer the question.  They get it, there is no need to explain the question further.  Please stop talking and let them answer the question.  You may have not been thinking that, but I am.

I told myself I wouldn't be negative when promoting this podcast, so thats all I'll say for now. So lesson learned.

The second thing I learned was during the post-production of the episode.  When "Mastering" the podcast audio, I'm simply doing what I think sounds best.  Aaron and Danny will definitely have some things to say about that final product, but all in all, it isn't necessarily offensive to the listener.  I'm definitely not getting any freelance audio engineering work in the near future.

The filter I used in Adobe Audition is from the Filters & EQ section called FFT Filter.  If you want to dive into what that is and why it is used, you may find yourself realizing that I'm using it in the wrong environment.  But it made the background sound amazing to me.  So I'm sticking with it.  Again, only Danny and Aaron are going to notice right now.  Well, and any other potential listener who may be an audio engineer.

Finally, you may have notice data the podcast episode was included as a player widget in the top of the blog post.  That is because our episode 006 guest Aaron Johnson made a point to help me migrate the show's hosting services from YouTube to Omnystudio!  Aaron was invaluable in this transition and I cannot speak highly enough about his help.  This took care of the final step regarding the show's legitimacy as a user experience.  Now when you search for the show on Stitcher, Google Play, iTunes, or other podcast apps, the show is available in audio only.  The episode descriptions are also much clearer and the hyperlinks scenario has been sorted.  

More news to come, particularly surrounding the show's video presence on YouTube.  I don't want to say too much until there is something real to release and accompany the announcement.

- CM

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