It was a meeting long in the making. Nelson Pass of Pass Labs and First Watt fame is a hard interview to pin down. Coordinating with PR, Nelson and Burning Amp event organizers took some finesse and nearly a full tank of unleaded regular gas to achieve a sit down, but sit down we did. And this particular sit down actually ended up materializing on a salt-water-worn wood bench facing the San Fransisco bay.
Burning Amp is a little audio show that takes place in SF that is highly focused on the DIY community. Nelson Pass made an appearance to his “flock” on Sunday, but we were lucky enough to squeeze some time before he was due out for handshakes and seminars. The main building was packed with audio setups and gear, so we made our way out to a little shoreline that houses a few park benches and began to record. As a result, episode 11S3 offers an additional delightful background of ocean waves, seagulls and the occasional passerby. At one point in the interview, there was even some sort of altercation between two people standing close to us – but then resolved itself momentarily. You can make out some of the interaction in the background of the recording, right before the end of part 1 here.
Part one of the two part series covers Nelson Pass’ journey up to the creation of his company First Watt. Kicking off the episode, we chat about his early years in audio, his philosophies and approach to the hobby starting out. This includes some of his early work at Threshold and even his college years at UC-Davis.
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