Shotgun Story

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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.

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#024 Creative expression is as valuable as academic expression | Zethu Gqola

Inspired career beginnings, being a parent in music, & PR advice FTW!

Zethu Gqola (Music Industry Marketing Campaign Manager)

Zethu Gqola is a marketing campaign manager working in the music and events industries. She creates marketing strategies and campaigns for the music releases of some of the biggest artists in Africa.

She's also a mom that I met through the Parenthood Committee (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).

In this episode - a career journey that kicks off with a solo 23 hour bus trip to CPT, is initially powered by a social media presence, and currently also involves juggling motherhood. Zethu unpacks the challenges (as well as some of the advantages) of being a parent in music, how the industry could better support moms, what to do with ideas you're not planning to use immediately, and some GREAT PR advice for any artists trying to reach an audience.

As she says in the interview, Zethu is always open to answering any career questions you may have. Non-creepy DM's welcome.

Outro music: Black, free & beautiful by Moonga k.
Music used with permission from rights holder.
Zethu on TikTok Zethu on Insta

#023 We've Got To Do It Ourselves | Finn MacKinnon

Finn MacKinnon (Tjoon and Burning Groove)

Tjoon - free education & tech tools for South African independent musicians

Finn MacKinnon likes to find solutions to problems. He's a dreamer, an entrepreneur, a musician, and co-founder of a new platform called Tjoon. It brings free education and tech tools to help South African independent musicians manage their copyrights and careers and earn royalties from the music. It's a beautiful colab between music and tech.

This episode is all about arming yourself with knowledge to go out and tackle the world of music business things. DIY for the win.

As Finn says "I think the ball is firmly in our court. We've got to educate ourselves, we've got to take control over our rights, we've got to take control over our industry. And we've got to make sure that we get paid. Because, as we've seen, no one else is going to do it for us."

Outro music: Silence the Screams by Caution Boy.
Music used with permission from rights holder.
Tjoon Website Burning Groove on IG Caution Boy on IG

#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 business by heading to the back-a-buddy link at below.

"I really want to go do this thing and get this degree and come back and help change people's lives. And make sure that everybody can be successful in music, but also have longevity. And look after themselves and their families." - Lana Crowster

Outro Music: 'Fake' by Lana Crowster.
Music used with permission from rights holder.
Lana's Bandcamp Lana on Facebook Help Lana get to NYU

#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 a cult following, and SO MUCH good advice for indie artists wanting to do the same.

With a ton of references to the landscape of the SA music scene at a certain point in our history, I'd call this episode a historically important artifact.

Also, if you're a writer keen on submitting your work to the Ons Klyntji Zine, email

Outro music: 'The Valley of Dancing Stones' by The Buckfever Underground from the EP 'Satelliet'.
Music used with permission from rights holder.
The Buckfever Underground on IG Toast Coetzer on IG Toast Coetzer on FB

#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, and music as a calling.

There is no description that could adequately convey the depth of knowledge and wisdom in one man, so I will preface the show with these quotes from it:

"We've institutionalised creativity. It only means something if the market wants it." - Siyabonga Mthembu

"So slowly in the language, our cultures have been eradicated." - Siyabonga Mthembu

"Music is part of nature." - Siyabonga Mthembu

"You gotta come at it with that sense of reverence." - Siyabonga Mthembu

"You take this idea and put it into the collective space and break it and make a collective idea from it. Because it's just the tip of the iceberg." - Siyabonga Mthembu

Outro music: 'Eternal Dove of Peace' written by Zelizwe Mthembu and Siyabonga Mthembu. Music used with permission from rights holder.
Instagram Facebook The Brother Moves On Website

#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.

In today’s episode I chatted to Jackie Queens, a house music vocalist, a label owner, and a cultural worker based in Johannesburg, South Africa. She's also a mom, and a parenthood ambassador.

We talk about the balancing act of being a parent in the music industry, why she started her own label, having a semi normal life alongside the music, the importance of defining what success looks like to you and making sure that we create environments that are inclusive, where anyone who wants to be in the music industry has a fair chance at having a career and also being happy within their career.

Outro music : 'Mwanangu' by Jackie Queens & Veneigrette.
Music used with permission from rights holder.
Jackie Queens on Instagram Jackie Queens on Twitter Jackie Queens on Facebook SheSaidSo Website

#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 about the conscious side of music, the importance of resilience, keeping your inner child happy and how arts will save the day.

I feel really lucky that, as creators (and EVERYBODY is one), we get to make things that deepen our experience of the world and each other!

Outro Music: 'The Butcher's Knife' by Naming James.
Used with permission from rights holder.
Naming James Website Naming James on YouTube Follow James on Facebook

#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 have this opportunity to get to know this big-hearted, gentle man a little better.

Outro Music: 'N12' from the album 'Tomorrow Starts Today' by Tidal Waves. Music used with permission from rights holder.
Follow Tidal Waves on Facebook

#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 find out how you can play a part in the next adventure.

Outro music : Pink Cocaine by Ann Jangle.
Music used with permission from rights holder.
Ann Jangle website

#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 minutes (and that's not an exaggeration!) and the magic of collaborations where the meeting of the two worlds makes sense.

Tickets for his Cape Town and Johannesburg tour dates are going up on sale Friday 19th of March at 11am via Quicket. The show is going to be beautiful.

Outro Music: 'Masiziyekelele' by Bongeziwe Mabandla.
Music used with permission from rights holders.
Stream or Buy the full album Bongeziwe on Facebook Bongeziwe on Instagram Bongeziwe on Twitter

#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 INCREDIBLY SUCCESSFUL PODCAST!!) mid-Covid.

There is a wealth of valuable information for independent musicians right here.

Outro music : 'Whatever you like' by PHFAT

For budding journalists - Texx on Insta Texx on Twitter

#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 his close surroundings and beyond.

In this weeks episode, Nibs tells stories of remarkable collaborations, of festivals one only DREAMS of playing, of European tours done a little differently, how the harder you work the luckier you get, and how SOUL trumps technical prowess.

Have a little faith. Get inspired. Listen to this episode.

Outro Music : 'Trample on Lions' by Nibs van der Spuy.
Music used with permission from rights holder.
Nibs van der Spuy on Bandcamp Nibs van der Spuy website Nibs van der Spuy on YouTube

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