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WCA #405 with Dan Johnson – Solving Archiving Puzzles, Burning Out, Rogue Tape Machines, Going Independent, and Not Cutting Corners

My guest is Audio Archivist Dan Johnson, who owns and runs Audio Archiving Services. Dan has worked with several well-known artists, including KISS, Jackson Browne, Jimi Hendrix Estate, WAR, TOOL, Duff McKagan, Aimee Man, Tommy Boy Records, Trust Records, Ansonia Records, Now-Again Records, Light In The Attic Records, ORG Records, Warner Bros, Universal, and Sony. 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Rural Upbringing
  • Foreigner’s “Hot Blooded”
  • Recording the Radio
  • Playing in Bands
  • Medical Records Work
  • Failed A&M Internship
  • Poor Brad
  • Working at Ocean Way
  • Friends with the Tech Staff
  • Surviving as a Runner
  • Thomas Maps and Pagers
  • No Guns at Capital 
  • Burning Out
  • Cleaning Rat Traps
  • Working for Ikea
  • Living in a Closet
  • The Benefits of Capital
  • Going Independent
  • Audio Archiving
  • It’s All About Friendships
  • Tape Triage
  • 70 Hours a Week
  • Tape Machine Scarcity
  • Noahs Ark of Tape Machines
  • United Archiving
  • Not Cutting Corners
  • Solving Archiving Puzzles
  • Rogue Tape Machines
  • Rod Stewart Farting
  • Knocking Michael Jackson Down

Matt’s Rant: Appreciating Our Tools

Links and Show Notes


  • Guest: Dan Johnson
  • Host: Matt Boudreau
  • Engineer: Matt Boudreau
  • Producer: Matt Boudreau
  • Editing: Anne-Marie Pleau 
  • WCA Theme Music: Cliff Truesdell 
  • Announcer: Chuck Smith