Nik Hawks

is creating a window into his mind, enjoy!

16

patrons

🎧Want "fly on the wall" vantage for convos about the pursuit of excellence? Here are the 2 best places to find the show:
  1. In the posts tagged with "podcast"
  2. Look for The Nik Hawks Show on iTunes (or your favorite podcast app)

What's new?  ⬆️Hit the "Posts" tab above. ⬆️

💵Want to contribute? Pick yer tier & sign up!


📰Oh, you want the background on this show? Get thee thine 👓 on and start reading 📚!

Started as a way to share rad conversations with folks in pursuit of excellence, this podcast has slowly morphed into more solo shows with just me (Nik) at the request of listeners.  I'll still have people on when I find 'em, but after getting feedback that what you wanted was more of the Nik-i-sodes, by Gawd, that's what I'll do.

Whether you gain a new perspective, inspiration, or a portal into a world you didn't know existed, I'm stoked to have you harness up with me and pull hard in pursuit of excellence.

Equipment

Since I know some of you will ask, here's what I'm running the podcast on:
  • 2 x ElectroVoice RE20 mics in studio
  • 2 x ElectroVoice 309A mic holder, with boom arm
  • 2 x Fethead In-line Preamps for the RE20s
  • 1 x ATR-2100 as an in-studio extra mic or back up mic
  • Mackie 1220i Onyx 12 channel mixer
  • 2 x AKG K240 headphones for in-studio
  • Zoom H4N for remote recording
  • All cables from ProAudioLA, made with Mogami Quad 2534 Balanced Neglex Cable with Neutrik Gold connectors
  • Blue Yeti mic is the primary guest mic that I ship out
  • Blue Snowball mic is the back up or secondary mic (for example, on the Anderson Brothers podcast)
  • PreSonus HP4 headphone splitter
  • Avantone Active Mixcube as a monitor
  • The DAW is Reaper, run on a Mac

🤔 Deep History


I started this podcast in 2014, but it wasn't called The Nik Hawks Show.

My wife Lee and I own the company Paleo Treats, so I called the show the Paleo Treats Podcast and had the company buy the initial equipment, like mics and mixing boards and headphones and software.

Beyond one or two half-hearted attempts at advertising (episodes 32 and 33), the podcast never made Paleo Treats any money, and I always had to take time from the business in order to record these conversations and share ‘em with the world.

Over the course of 50+ episodes it became apparent that the podcast didn’t really have anything to do with Paleo, that I was exploring deeply personal topics, that Paleo Treats’ only purpose was to purchase the initial equipment to get this thing off the ground and pay for ongoing hosting, and that just having the word “Paleo” in the title was enough to stop people from even trying to listen to it.

Sometime around episode 58, based on feedback from listeners and iTunes reviews, I started thinking about how to make this podcast more approachable, how to separate it from Paleo Treats in order to pursue topics that were WAY off the Paleo path, and how to stop leaning on Paleo Treats the business in order to keep the show alive financially.

That brings us up to episode 59, which is the first official episode of The Nik Hawks Show. It took me 58 shows to warm into this, and now I’m psyched to spin off in new directions!

As I keep moving forward I deeply appreciate your harnessing in on the journey in pursuit of excellence, please reach out with any suggestions or questions.  This show is made for me and YOU, let's make this excellent together!
Tiers
The Screaming Horde
$3 or more per creation
Good God, you're doing it!  You're harnessed in and pulling hard in pursuit of excellence, and I am full-on stoked for your power!  


At this level you'll get access to the Patron only feed, which has upcoming guests and a place for you to join in the conversation. 


For the price of a cup full of sugar-saturated black caffeinated water spiked with false flavors and boiled lactose, you can participate in a quest into the pursuit of excellence.  


I salute your effort and welcome you to the community. Thank you!


Benefits:

  • access to my Patreon feed which gives you sneak previews into who is coming up on the show and the ability to submit questions for upcoming guests
The Deep Diver
$5 or more per creation
Pick this if you're a reader and enjoy the depths of knowledge.  If you don't notice the Screaming Hordes as they swirl around you when you immerse into a book, this is the level for you.


Not only can you jump on the feed and see who's coming up next on the show, you'll also get access to the full "Nik Hawks Notes" for each show starting with ep. 59.  


The NHN are all the notes I take before the show, plus a writeup in modified paragraph form about the show as I go through it, including any extras that offer additional perspective but didn't make it in the show. 


If you dig my regular blog posts on either the Paleo Treats blog or over at kyk13.com/life, you'll enjoy access to the NHN.


Benefits:

  • access to my Patreon feed which gives you sneak previews into who is coming up on the show and the ability to submit questions for upcoming guests
  • access to the Nik Hawks Notes, a comprehensive write up of the conversation on the podcast including background not included in the recording
The Public Patron
$9 or more per creation
So you want a shout out on the show?  You got it! At the end of every show, I'll read off your name as a Public Patron.


This is limited to 34 Patrons, because that's how many names I can reasonably say in a minute without racing through 'em.  


I tested that with the name "Zaphod Beeblebrox", a true mentor of mine ever since we met in high school.  “Vell, Zaphod’s just zis guy, you know?” 


Yes, yes, yes, you'll also get access to the feed and the Notes.  Thank you for being a public supporter of this show, get ready to be blasted into the earholes of listeners.


Benefits:

  • access to my Patreon feed which gives you sneak previews into who is coming up on the show and the ability to submit questions for upcoming guests
  • access to the Nik Hawks Notes, a comprehensive write up of the conversation on the podcast including background not included in the recording
  • mention as a Public Patron at the end of every show


**Restrictions**

  • No business names, just your real name.  If you want a nickname, that's fine.  If you want something hilarious, feel free to message me, but I reserve the right to shoot down your suggestions if I'm not feeling it.  I will always use your real name at a minimum; you won't be shorted there.
  • You'll need to be a supporter at this level before I record the show.  It usually takes at least a week for me to produce each show after I record it, so there'll be up to 2 weeks lag for this from the time you sign up. 
Swag Hound
$15 or more per creation
Every time I create swag (t-shirts, stickers, posters, etc) I'll send you a box with all of it.  Yep, this is for those of you who like to fly the colors!


You'll need to have been contributing at this level for at least 5 shows; this is for committed supporters.


If you're the kind of person who is way psyched to be a true believer, this is the level to contribute at.  Of course you'll get access to the feed and the Notes, (you're part of the tribe, yo!) but this lets you show the world what happens when you pitch in to the pot of a half-wild artist.


Benefits:

  • access to my Patreon feed which gives you sneak previews into who is coming up on the show and the ability to submit questions for upcoming guests
  • access to the Nik Hawks Notes, a comprehensive write up of the conversation on the podcast including background not included in the recording
  • inclusion in any swag sendings I do.  Yep, anything physical that I produce for the show, from stickers to t-shirts to hoodies gets sent to you.


**Restrictions**

In order to receive physical goods, you must have contributed to at least 5 consecutive shows AND be a current contributor at this level.  I will send these packages anywhere in the world.

Lock Arms!
$50 or more per creation
Hearing the podcast ain't enough?  Chatting with others online not your type of convo?  Reading the Notes not your thing?  Let us then go deeper. 


At this level you'll get those, but you & I know you want more. 


At this level I'll set aside time once a week as long as I'm in town to train in San Diego with anyone in this group.  


This is strenuous physical training and may involve cold water, steep hill climbs, carrying heavy weight, and generally pressing into the uncomfort zone.  


As long as we're not holding our breath or running with a mouthful of water I'm stoked to banter back and forth between panting gasps for air.  


 This training is based on my work in the “rites of passage” realm and draws on my experiences in the Navy, working with Red Bull athletes as part of their High Performance team, and personal explorations into the human possible including running the Leadville 100, paddling (on a paddle board, not a SUP) across the Catalina Channel, and various other experiences in pursuit of maintaining desire and building grit.


This is limited to just 5 Patrons, so if small groups, hard work, and high quality conversation is your thing, jump in now!


Benefits:

  • access to my Patreon feed which gives you sneak previews into who is coming up on the show and the ability to submit questions for upcoming guests
  • access to the Nik Hawks Notes, a comprehensive write up of the conversation on the podcast including background not included in the recording
  • after 5 consecutive supported shows at this level plus being a current supporter, you get any Nik Hawks Show swag I produce, to be delivered at the workout session
  • invite limited to 5 Patrons to a weekly workout session in the wilds of San Diego with Nik.  These are definitely NOT for everybody!
Goals
16 of 25 patrons

"I'ma make you smile" video

When I hit 25 Patrons I'll make a “Thank You” video, something to make you smile and keep you stoked for harnessing in and pulling hard in pursuit of excellence.

As part of my thanks to those first 25 heroes of mine, I'll include their names in the credits of the video.

Obviously, if you don't want your name on there I'll just sub out "anonymous", but I'd love for your name to live forever as one of the first true believers.

Thanks for jumping on board early, I can't wait to shout you out!
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🎧Want "fly on the wall" vantage for convos about the pursuit of excellence? Here are the 2 best places to find the show:
  1. In the posts tagged with "podcast"
  2. Look for The Nik Hawks Show on iTunes (or your favorite podcast app)

What's new?  ⬆️Hit the "Posts" tab above. ⬆️

💵Want to contribute? Pick yer tier & sign up!


📰Oh, you want the background on this show? Get thee thine 👓 on and start reading 📚!

Started as a way to share rad conversations with folks in pursuit of excellence, this podcast has slowly morphed into more solo shows with just me (Nik) at the request of listeners.  I'll still have people on when I find 'em, but after getting feedback that what you wanted was more of the Nik-i-sodes, by Gawd, that's what I'll do.

Whether you gain a new perspective, inspiration, or a portal into a world you didn't know existed, I'm stoked to have you harness up with me and pull hard in pursuit of excellence.

Equipment

Since I know some of you will ask, here's what I'm running the podcast on:
  • 2 x ElectroVoice RE20 mics in studio
  • 2 x ElectroVoice 309A mic holder, with boom arm
  • 2 x Fethead In-line Preamps for the RE20s
  • 1 x ATR-2100 as an in-studio extra mic or back up mic
  • Mackie 1220i Onyx 12 channel mixer
  • 2 x AKG K240 headphones for in-studio
  • Zoom H4N for remote recording
  • All cables from ProAudioLA, made with Mogami Quad 2534 Balanced Neglex Cable with Neutrik Gold connectors
  • Blue Yeti mic is the primary guest mic that I ship out
  • Blue Snowball mic is the back up or secondary mic (for example, on the Anderson Brothers podcast)
  • PreSonus HP4 headphone splitter
  • Avantone Active Mixcube as a monitor
  • The DAW is Reaper, run on a Mac

🤔 Deep History


I started this podcast in 2014, but it wasn't called The Nik Hawks Show.

My wife Lee and I own the company Paleo Treats, so I called the show the Paleo Treats Podcast and had the company buy the initial equipment, like mics and mixing boards and headphones and software.

Beyond one or two half-hearted attempts at advertising (episodes 32 and 33), the podcast never made Paleo Treats any money, and I always had to take time from the business in order to record these conversations and share ‘em with the world.

Over the course of 50+ episodes it became apparent that the podcast didn’t really have anything to do with Paleo, that I was exploring deeply personal topics, that Paleo Treats’ only purpose was to purchase the initial equipment to get this thing off the ground and pay for ongoing hosting, and that just having the word “Paleo” in the title was enough to stop people from even trying to listen to it.

Sometime around episode 58, based on feedback from listeners and iTunes reviews, I started thinking about how to make this podcast more approachable, how to separate it from Paleo Treats in order to pursue topics that were WAY off the Paleo path, and how to stop leaning on Paleo Treats the business in order to keep the show alive financially.

That brings us up to episode 59, which is the first official episode of The Nik Hawks Show. It took me 58 shows to warm into this, and now I’m psyched to spin off in new directions!

As I keep moving forward I deeply appreciate your harnessing in on the journey in pursuit of excellence, please reach out with any suggestions or questions.  This show is made for me and YOU, let's make this excellent together!

Recent posts by Nik Hawks

Tiers
The Screaming Horde
$3 or more per creation
Good God, you're doing it!  You're harnessed in and pulling hard in pursuit of excellence, and I am full-on stoked for your power!  


At this level you'll get access to the Patron only feed, which has upcoming guests and a place for you to join in the conversation. 


For the price of a cup full of sugar-saturated black caffeinated water spiked with false flavors and boiled lactose, you can participate in a quest into the pursuit of excellence.  


I salute your effort and welcome you to the community. Thank you!


Benefits:

  • access to my Patreon feed which gives you sneak previews into who is coming up on the show and the ability to submit questions for upcoming guests
The Deep Diver
$5 or more per creation
Pick this if you're a reader and enjoy the depths of knowledge.  If you don't notice the Screaming Hordes as they swirl around you when you immerse into a book, this is the level for you.


Not only can you jump on the feed and see who's coming up next on the show, you'll also get access to the full "Nik Hawks Notes" for each show starting with ep. 59.  


The NHN are all the notes I take before the show, plus a writeup in modified paragraph form about the show as I go through it, including any extras that offer additional perspective but didn't make it in the show. 


If you dig my regular blog posts on either the Paleo Treats blog or over at kyk13.com/life, you'll enjoy access to the NHN.


Benefits:

  • access to my Patreon feed which gives you sneak previews into who is coming up on the show and the ability to submit questions for upcoming guests
  • access to the Nik Hawks Notes, a comprehensive write up of the conversation on the podcast including background not included in the recording
The Public Patron
$9 or more per creation
So you want a shout out on the show?  You got it! At the end of every show, I'll read off your name as a Public Patron.


This is limited to 34 Patrons, because that's how many names I can reasonably say in a minute without racing through 'em.  


I tested that with the name "Zaphod Beeblebrox", a true mentor of mine ever since we met in high school.  “Vell, Zaphod’s just zis guy, you know?” 


Yes, yes, yes, you'll also get access to the feed and the Notes.  Thank you for being a public supporter of this show, get ready to be blasted into the earholes of listeners.


Benefits:

  • access to my Patreon feed which gives you sneak previews into who is coming up on the show and the ability to submit questions for upcoming guests
  • access to the Nik Hawks Notes, a comprehensive write up of the conversation on the podcast including background not included in the recording
  • mention as a Public Patron at the end of every show


**Restrictions**

  • No business names, just your real name.  If you want a nickname, that's fine.  If you want something hilarious, feel free to message me, but I reserve the right to shoot down your suggestions if I'm not feeling it.  I will always use your real name at a minimum; you won't be shorted there.
  • You'll need to be a supporter at this level before I record the show.  It usually takes at least a week for me to produce each show after I record it, so there'll be up to 2 weeks lag for this from the time you sign up. 
Swag Hound
$15 or more per creation
Every time I create swag (t-shirts, stickers, posters, etc) I'll send you a box with all of it.  Yep, this is for those of you who like to fly the colors!


You'll need to have been contributing at this level for at least 5 shows; this is for committed supporters.


If you're the kind of person who is way psyched to be a true believer, this is the level to contribute at.  Of course you'll get access to the feed and the Notes, (you're part of the tribe, yo!) but this lets you show the world what happens when you pitch in to the pot of a half-wild artist.


Benefits:

  • access to my Patreon feed which gives you sneak previews into who is coming up on the show and the ability to submit questions for upcoming guests
  • access to the Nik Hawks Notes, a comprehensive write up of the conversation on the podcast including background not included in the recording
  • inclusion in any swag sendings I do.  Yep, anything physical that I produce for the show, from stickers to t-shirts to hoodies gets sent to you.


**Restrictions**

In order to receive physical goods, you must have contributed to at least 5 consecutive shows AND be a current contributor at this level.  I will send these packages anywhere in the world.

Lock Arms!
$50 or more per creation
Hearing the podcast ain't enough?  Chatting with others online not your type of convo?  Reading the Notes not your thing?  Let us then go deeper. 


At this level you'll get those, but you & I know you want more. 


At this level I'll set aside time once a week as long as I'm in town to train in San Diego with anyone in this group.  


This is strenuous physical training and may involve cold water, steep hill climbs, carrying heavy weight, and generally pressing into the uncomfort zone.  


As long as we're not holding our breath or running with a mouthful of water I'm stoked to banter back and forth between panting gasps for air.  


 This training is based on my work in the “rites of passage” realm and draws on my experiences in the Navy, working with Red Bull athletes as part of their High Performance team, and personal explorations into the human possible including running the Leadville 100, paddling (on a paddle board, not a SUP) across the Catalina Channel, and various other experiences in pursuit of maintaining desire and building grit.


This is limited to just 5 Patrons, so if small groups, hard work, and high quality conversation is your thing, jump in now!


Benefits:

  • access to my Patreon feed which gives you sneak previews into who is coming up on the show and the ability to submit questions for upcoming guests
  • access to the Nik Hawks Notes, a comprehensive write up of the conversation on the podcast including background not included in the recording
  • after 5 consecutive supported shows at this level plus being a current supporter, you get any Nik Hawks Show swag I produce, to be delivered at the workout session
  • invite limited to 5 Patrons to a weekly workout session in the wilds of San Diego with Nik.  These are definitely NOT for everybody!