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

    Ep004 - Michael Dyrland, aerial cinematographer and entrepreneur

    Mike's drone content is one of my favorite things on Instagram

    When I was first deciding to start the podcast, Mike was one of those people I reached out to in the beginning stages.  One of his two Instagram accounts, @dprones, is chock full of incredible content that I originally wanted to license from him.  Mike definitely licenses out his content so if you want to see more, check out his website.  His original Instagram account is @dyrlandproductions.

    The plan was to take one of the incredibly beautiful but also eerie clips of a PNW forest and create a sort of introductory video about myself.  Something really personal to offer a look into me and where I'm coming from.  This would serve as an icebreaker for any audience member who doesn't know me personally but is checking out the podcast.  Obviously the idea was scrapped.  But the possibility of using content from Mike's catalog is always alive.

    That is one of the lessons I learned from the last few years of freelance design.  Using assets or stock imagery from other contributors doesn't necessarily make you a lazy designer.  It opens up a completely different method of creation. Of course it is always more desirable to create your own content, 100% from the ground up.  This is definitely the case when creative freedom is given without concession.

    The reason I wanted to interview Mike was because I have a lot of respect for the way he promotes himself and lets his content do the talking.  He's organized and on top of his portfolio, always updating it and keeping the newest content at the forefront.  Jumping into the drone industry takes a significant investment and planning is key.  Sometimes it is easy to fall into the line of thinking of simply producing better equipment will inevitably cause better content creation.  That is not necessarily the case and I wanted to ask Mike the simple questions about adding a drone to your arsenal.  There were plenty of little things I would have glossed over or learned the hard way.  That isn't necessarily a bad thing except drones are spendy.

    Another reason I wanted to interview Mike was because of a project he completed called Haz-Mat Surfing.  Please check out his website and our episode to learn more about this PSA style project that caught the eye from some major publishing giants.

    Check out our episode and let us know what you think.  Thanks for checking out the blog!

    - CM