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Welcome to Shotgun Story The podcast that has conversations with Indie creators about music, meaning and the point of it all, so that you may be inspired by the journeys of other artists who are doing it for themselves and maybe gain a little more understanding as to why it matters quite so much that you keep creating. another Solid Gold podcast #BeHeard

Welcome to Shotgun Story The podcast that has conversations with Indie creators about music, meaning and the point of it all, so that you may be inspired by the journeys of other artists who are doing it for themselves and maybe gain a little more understanding as to why it matters quite so much that you keep creating. another Solid Gold podcast #BeHeard


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Welcome to Shotgun Story The podcast that has conversations with Indie creators about music, meaning and the point of it all, so that you may be inspired by the journeys of other artists who are doing it for themselves and maybe gain a little more understanding as to why it matters quite so much that you keep creating. another Solid Gold podcast #BeHeard






#022 Knowledge Is Power | Lana Crowster

"I want to get this degree and come back and change people's lives" - Lana Lana Crowster is a singer/songwriter, creative, and a musical entrepreneur. And an absolute delight. In today's episode we chat about travelling internationally for music, singing backing vocals for your heroes, the story behind the Lady Day Big Band, music and arts as one of SA's most amazing exports, and leaving the world in a better place. Also, you can help get Lana to New York University for a degree in the music...


#021 Your Niche Is Out There Somewhere | Toast Coetzee

Are you a band looking to one day tour SA? Listen to this episode! Wikipedia calls Toast Coetzer a South African poet. He would say that he's a writer, a travel journalist and the vocalist of The Buckfever Underground. In this week's episode - the birth and beginnings of The Buckfever Underground, proper DIY merch-making and 'artifacts', the cumulative effect of consistently making things (KEEP MAKING THINGS!), the most delightful behind the scenes glimpse into a tour when you're a band with...


#020 The Value Is In Us | Siyabonga Mthembu

This interview should be required listening for every human being Siyabonga Mthembu is a curator, a creative entrepreneur, and a self-starter. Bandleader for the band The Brother Moves On, he is slowly becoming a scene godfather. In this week's episode we talk about Coca Cola Pop Stars, music as a tool for healing, BIG international tours, what it means to be a dad AND a musician, the story behind 'Indaba Is', the problem with ageism, a planet that's burning, indigenous knowledge systems,...


#019 You don't have to suffer for your art | Jackie Queens

A parent in the music industry, Jackie Queens tackles some big questions This week, in collaboration with parenthood, we’re kicking off a new monthly feature focusing on parents in the music industry. The parenthood committee is a community of parents within, formed to support and hear the voices of parents of all genders who are members or allies. The committee’s objective is to provide a supportive and open platform to empower parents in the music industry....


#018 How Bad Do You Want It? | Jamie Acheson (Naming James)

Jamie's main drive is to connect with as many humans as possible... Lead singer of the band, Naming James, Jamie Acheson is a professional jester, songwriter, string-breaker, dreamer, husband and long-time member of musical obscurity, with massive allergies to rent and finance. We've been friends for decades (ever since the days of the Songwriters Club in Newtown), and in this week's delightful episode, I learnt some beautifully revealing things about him that I had never known. He talks...


#017 Something like a movement | Jacob Zakes Wulana (Tidal Waves)

'Original Music for Original People' Tidal Waves is the hardest working reggae band in South African, and a stalwart on the local festival scene. In this weeks episode I'm chatting to guitarist/vocalist Jacob Zakes Wulana about music as a movement, the healing power of it, traveling the world, the impact of bra Piet, backing Ziggy Marley, and getting inspired by collaboration. Having witnessed plenty of the bands sets, and having greeted each other from many backstages, I was honoured to...


#016 African Dream Parade | Ann Jangle

"As long as you have music, you'll always have food on the table." Basically the bravest person I know, Ann Jangle has done what most of us wish we had the courage to - she's living her dreams at all costs. In today's episode we talk about her African Dream Parade, touring Europe, collaborating with legends, sleeping under the stars, the kindness of people, playing your own kind of music, starting your own movement, and moving past the fear. Follow her journey on and...


#015 Sharing Your Life Through Music | Bongeziwe Mabandla

It's really a beautiful thing, a beautiful exchange of arts in one room Bongeziwe Mabandla has been called the enigmatic spirit of African soul. He's a singer songwriter, a SAMA winner, and he's been making waves internationally. And we finally got it together to have a long distance chat about it all! In this week's episode, we talk about continue to be a working musician during a pandemic - creating an album, collaborating, and European tours. We also talk about shows that sell out in 10...


#014 We love what we do. And we care about the music | Tecla Ciofli

Every wondered about the music journalists behind the scenes? Tecla Ciolfi (TEXX AND THE CITY) Within the Indie music scene (and I'm talking INDEPENDENT, not genre specific) there are a number of music bloggers, lovers, journalists, and photographers who have your back. Tecla Ciolfi is the leader of that pack. In today's episode, the genius behind Texx and the City talks blogging, how it all began, what inspires her, things you should know about streaming, and starting a company (and...


#013 Have A Little Faith | Nibs van der Spuy

"Music is the most powerful spiritual force on this planet." Nibs van der Spuy Nibs van der Spuy is one of the most extraordinary and exciting, world acoustic guitarists and exports to come out of South Africa. Raised in the fertile province of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Nibs immersed himself in his natural environment to formulate a truly consummate and original sound. Growing up with the Beatles and learning first hand from traditional Zulu Maskandi guitarists, he quickly soaked up a rich tapestry of...


#012 Music is so immediate | Barry Berk

An age old story of how music can seduce you away from almost anything Barry Berk | The Bass Station Barry recorded the last few projects I did, and I have a very deep respect for his way with the song - simultaneously sensitive and certain. I was keen to find out more about what drew him away from film-making, and into the music. In this conversation, Barry chats about producing the Josie Field & Laurie Levine collaboration album, the challenge of getting heard in an ocean of new releases...


#011 Do What Feels Right | Conrad Jamneck

If you're an indie musician in SA, you know Conrad. Or you WANT TO! Conrad Jamneck (STRAB Festival / The Daisy Jones Bar at OMG) Independent artist over there, are you over-thinking things? Conrad Jamneck's got some perspective checks you may be keen to hear... Born into an entertainment family, and with a history in music as long as a life, Conrad is a Sound Engineer, Festival Organiser, Technical Director, Vibe Director, Venue Owner, Consultant, Driver, Psychologist, Assistant and...


#010 Self-Consciousness is The Enemy | Daniel Friedman

Did you miss him? Me too! Retired from comedy, here's what comes next... Daniel Friedman is a Joburg-based writer and performer. From 2010 to 2020 he performed under the alias Deep Fried Man, receiving a Comics Choice Award, a Standard Bank Ovation Award and 2 International Emmy nominations as a writer and cast member of the television show Late Nite News with Loyiso Gola. Before this, he self-released two albums as a singer-songwriter. He has also worked as a journalist, columnist and...


#009 It's Not About You | AusTebza

Part of what forms a generations culture, music ought to stand for something An artist who is not defined by a single genre, AusTebza plays bass guitar and sings like a goddess. She's toured the world (from The Cape Town Jazz Festival and SXSW with HHP, to Australia with Wouter Kellerman), and over the course of her career has had a real influence on the music industry in SA. In today's episode we talk about music that changes peoples lives, making albums in your own language, and what the...


#008 It's Complicated | Matthew van der Want

Pragmatic, honest, funny, and even more inspiring because of its realness. “If you make somebody feel something, you've kind of succeeded, unless they feel that they hate you.” – Matthew Van der Want In this week's episode, I chat to South African singer, songwriter and legend, Matthew Van der Want. He talks about his complicated relationship with success, living in a constant state of writers block, being disillusioned, collaborating with Chris Letcher, and how music is a fantastic way to...


#007 The Spirit of Collaboration | Tubatsi Mpho Moloi (Urban Village)

Ready to stretch into the possibilities of your creative purpose? This conversation will make you feel like anything and everything is possible. Tubatsi Mpho Moloi is a South African born singer songwriter influenced by the sounds of blues, jazz, rock and African folk music. His music asks the audience to be open-minded and exploratory as he brings a collaboration of sound and genre in creating an authentic fusion folk sound. Tubatsi talks freedom and collaboration, learning the rules to...


#006 People inspire me. I love people | Gareth Wilson

Gareth Wilson (Southern Gypsey Queen | Oppikoppi Booker | Romeos) An open-hearted, multi-angle take on the music industry. So many stories! Gareth Wilson affectionately known as G Willy in the South African music scene is known best known as the Oppikoppi booker, SGQ front-man and owner of several venues and restaurants like Good Luck Bar and Romeos. In today's interview, we talk about what inspires him, the value of learning to play music in a church band, the story behind Southern Gypsey...


#005 Still a magic in music | Jay Bones

The commercial route is not necessary for the success of a band. It's been a long while since I laughed so hard... In this honest and hilarious interview, Jay talks about the highlights of his career in music, rehearsing as a solo artist, touring with a band, songwriting, and when good things come from bad. Jay Bones is a songwriter. Nostalgic modernists, disillusioned dreamers & relaxed workaholics, will find moments of clarity in his crafted songs. There is some crooner, a bit of country...


#004 The Will & Want to Express | Lucy Kruger

There is poetry in every cell of Lucy's body. What a beautiful interview! One of my dearest friends and favourite collaborators, Lucy Kruger joins us from Berlin for this episode. She speaks of how music strings memories together, being well behaved, music as a career, and the importance of consistency in engaging with yourself, the world and your craft. Lucy Kruger is a musician from Cape Town, South Africa, who now lives in Berlin. Her solo performance focuses on the bare bones of the...


#003 Follow your heart | Kwela (Kwani Experience)

To the question 'Why music?' Kwela answers, 'Why life?' In this episode I chat to Kwela - poet, rapper, producer and vocalist from internationally renowned cult band Kwani Experience. We talk about uncomplicated relationships with your medium, how learning to rap helped him with his vocabulary, touring the world, using the voice as a texture in recordings, how being a dad has impacted his career, and forays into creating solo material (and recording it in his own studio!) The is also the...