Producing The Distiller podcast is a team effort. Here’s a little more information about the folks who make it, and who make it what it is:
The Distiller Podcast Production Team:
Producer, Engineer, Host – Brandon Dawson
After starting out in radio at the tender age of 16, Brandon worked as an on-air DJ at just about every format (and almost every station) in his hometown of Boise, Idaho until leaving radio fifteen years later. He hung with Willie on his tour bus, drank moonshine with Son Volt, and he may have given Shirley Manson of Garbage pneumonia (long story). Since those early days Brandon has gone ’round the world as a tour manager for a few bands. He’s been (among a few other things) a builder of houses, a welder of locomotives, the CEO of a natural beverage startup, and the president of an advertising agency. What you might call “a lack of focus” Brandon calls “curiosity.” But whatever you call it, it all comes into play as the creator and host of The Distiller, where Brandon brings a deep curiosity about, and a profound respect for, all the different ways we think of “work.”
Co-Producer, Talent/Location/Spirits Booking – Teri Heist
Teri Heist is a connector of people, a ringleader, a firebrand. A dyed-in-the-wool Kentucky native, Teri brings a down-to-earth sense to everything she does, and infuses everything with genuine interest and hospitality. Teri brings all that to bear as the co-producer and booker for The Distiller, doing all the behind the scenes work to find guests and locations, pick the libations (where appropriate), and make sure everything comes off without a hitch. While you may not always hear Teri on the podcast, you are always hearing the product of Teri’s work, and a shared interest in how the work we do shapes our lives. The only bad thing about having Teri co-producing The Distiller is that it means she may never be a guest. We might have to find a way to remedy that.
Mixing, Editing, and Technical Expertise by Justin Golden
Justin Golden’s work is best done when it is least noticed, and that’s a shame. He coined a phrase when we first started producing The Distiller: “audio hospitality.” Isn’t that great? We’ve invited you into our space, to share a drink and a conversation with us. Justin is the one who makes sure you’re comfortable here. To say he mixes the episodes, while technically correct, is also a vast understatement. The Distiller benefits significantly from Justin’s years as a performer, musician, and producer (along with his wife Tasha in the band Ellery), as well as a live sound and studio engineer for artists like Over the Rhine and Ben Sollee. But perhaps most importantly, Justin is an absolute gem of a human being. If you like what you hear on The Distiller, chances are it’s Justin who’s made it so.
The Rest of The Distiller Podcast Team:
Occasional photography by Kyle Wolff
The Distiller Logo by Scott A. Ryan Design
Videos & Motion Graphics by Mike Helm of Minute Moments productions
Show Theme: “Uncertainty” from the album Becoming Human by Brandon Dawson