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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29
DEC
2021

#035 If there's anything else you'd rather be doing, do that | Justin Sasman (Bombshelter Beast)

"If you have kids, love them, have fun with them, and show them all of you."

Welcome to Episode #10 in a 10-part series on "Parents in the Music Industry" - made possible with funding support from the Music in Africa Foundation, the German Federal Foreign Office, Siemens Stiftung and Goethe-Institut.

Justin Sasman is a musical contractor, a brass player, and an educator at Northwest University in Potchefstroom. He plays in a band called Bombshelter Beast, and in the local orchestra. He's also a dad.

In this episode Justin talks about being selective about the work you take on, the self-esteem that comes from doing what you love (despite what anybody else thinks), remembering what is feels like to be a child, and how developing your craft makes you a better parent.

We also chat about how child-friendly venues could better support musicians who are parents, the importance of maintaining a sense of child-like wonder, and the perspective shift that comes with having kids (hint: all the things we think are important, aren't!)

Outro music: 'Taka Takata' by Bombshelter Beast.
Music used with permission from rights holders.
Bombshelter Beast on Facebook Brass Collective on Facebook The Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra on Facebook Music in Africa Foundation Siemens Stiftung Goethe-Institut German Federal Foreign Office
28
DEC
2021

#034 I could never have done it alone | Yvonne Chaka Chaka

"This industry is unstable unless you have your feet firmly on the ground."

Welcome to Episode #9 in a 10-part series on "Parents in the Music Industry" - made possible with funding support from the Music in Africa Foundation, the German Federal Foreign Office, Siemens Stiftung and Goethe-Institut.

Mama Yvonne Chaka Chaka is a musician, a philanthropist, and a lover of life. She's also a mother.

In this episode Yvonne talks about being a mom at 19, signing to a label, recording an album and becoming an overnight success. She talks about children as a gift from God, bringing her son on tour (and the artists who look after each-others kids backstage), being present as a mother and the importance of front-liner artists paying decent salaries to those behind the scenes.

What an incredible honour it was to have this conversation.

Outro music: 'Kulila' by Yvonne Chaka Chaka.
Music used with permission from rights holder.
Mama Yvonne on Facebook Mama Yvonne on Instagram Music in Africa Foundation Siemens Stiftung Goethe-Institut German Federal Foreign Office
27
DEC
2021

#033 Raise somebody well | Mapumba

"Just brace yourself. It’s hard but it’s also beautiful."

Welcome to Episode #8 in a 10-part series on "Parents in the Music Industry" - made possible with funding support from the Music in Africa Foundation, the German Federal Foreign Office, Siemens Stiftung and Goethe-Institut.

Mapumba is a singer/songwriter and a guitarist who's into music, sound and life. He's based in Cape Town, and he's also a dad.

In today's episode Mapumba talks about the differences between raising a teen vs. a young child, how his refugee background taught him the value of giving your children a sense of security, the emotional support systems required for artists, how your wealth is the love that you put into your creative practice (that's the only thing you have any control over!), and being prepared to take whatever comes with being a parent.

Outro music: Mountains by Mapumba
Music used with permission from the rIghts holder.
Mapumba on Instagram Mapumba on Bandcamp Mapumba on Spotify Music in Africa Foundation Siemens Stiftung Goethe-Institut German Federal Foreign Office
23
DEC
2021

#032 We have to look after ourselves, as mothers | Tamara Dey

"I didn’t know my own strength until having a child."

Welcome to Episode #7 in a 10-part series on "Parents in the Music Industry" - made possible with funding support from the Music in Africa Foundation, the German Federal Foreign Office, Siemens Stiftung and Goethe-Institut.

Tamara Dey is a creator, a manifestor, a mother, an entertainer, and a magic-maker.

In this episode Tamara talks about being a ‘crazy, silly, embarrassing music fan’, finding spaces where all the aspects of you come into play, ageism in the music industry, disco therapy, and bringing a child into the world on your own.

We also chat about how having kids shows you what you’re made of, the stigmas attached to having a baby when you’re a musician, making bold choices, importance of self-care and teaching your children that you CAN make money doing something you love.

Outro track: ‘Fire’ by Tamara Dey ft. Craig Massiv.
Music used with permission from rights holders.
Tamara Dey on Instagram Tamara Dey on Twitter Music in Africa Foundation Siemens Stiftung Goethe-Institut German Federal Foreign Office
17
DEC
2021

#031 The enemy of creativity is stress | Hagen Engler (Jedi Rollers/The Feel So Strongs)

"Rather embrace parenthood AND your status as a musician and creator."

Hagen Engler is a word artist, a singer, a guitarist, a spoken word performer, a writer, the author of a book called The Trustees, frontman for a band called The Feel So Strongs. He's also known as Inspector Ras. And he's a dad.

In this episode we talk about co-parenting (and finding practical ways to make it work), leaving a lasting legacy, stressful experiences as fuel for creative material (and relaxing as a form of self-love!), understanding your own work through fresh eyes, the importance of prolonging a musicians career and the rich, nuanced art that comes with age.

He also talks about being an extra in his daughter's TikTok videos, band dynamics like a five-way marriage, the skill of aging, and living intentionally.

Outro music: 'Glimmer of Light' by the Jedi Rollers.
Used with permission from rights holders.
Hagen Engler on Twitter The Feel So Strongs on Facebook Hagen's Blog Music in Africa Foundation Siemens Stiftung Goethe-Institut German Federal Foreign Office
14
DEC
2021

#030 It's not impossible, just a lot of hard work | Jennifer Eaves (Jenny & the Jameses)

"If you want a family, just do it!"

Welcome to Episode #5 in a 10-part series on "Parents in the Music Industry" - made possible with funding support from Music in Africa Foundation, the German Federal Foreign Office, Siemens Stiftung and Goethe-Institut.

Jennifer Eaves is a songwriter, an artist, a poet, a painter, a pianist, a teacher, a singer, a guitarist, and one of the composers of a band called Jenny and the Jameses. She's also a mom.

In this episode we talk about being a full-time musician when you're also a single mum, recording an album after everybody has gone to bed, helping your children develop a sense of appreciation for the arts, and the beauty of how the folk music community rally behind each other.

Outro music: 'Old Days' by Jennifer Eaves.
Music used with permission from rights holders.
Jennifer's website Jenny on Instagram Jenny & the Jameses on Facebook Music in Africa Foundation Siemens Stiftung Goethe-Institut German Federal Foreign Office
10
DEC
2021

#029 Parenting is a powerful vehicle for creativity | Zolani Mahola (The One Who Sings)

"You're walking around with your heart walking around next to you."

Welcome to Episode #4 in a 10-part series on "Parents in the Music Industry" - made possible with funding support from Music in Africa Foundation, the German Federal Foreign Office, Siemens Stiftung and Goethe-Institut.

Zolani Mahola’s mandate is to have fun and to play in this next incarnation in her life. She's a singer, a storyteller, an actress, an artist and a mum. She's also The One Who Sings.

In this episode, Zolani talks about the creativity that comes from the vulnerability of parenting, dreams that include bringing children on tour, the necessity for 'tag team' parenting when both parents work in the creative industries, the advocacy that we can do for ourselves as artists, and the importance of doing things that bring you closer to yourself.

Outro music: 'Lullaby for Zen' by The One Who Sings.
Music used with permission from rights holder.
Zolani's website Zolani on Instagram Music in Africa Foundation Siemens Stiftung Goethe-Institut German Federal Foreign Office
08
DEC
2021

#028 The glamour is at home | Siyabonga Mthembu (The Brother Moves On)

"You're a migrant labourer that goes into the sky, not into the ground."

Welcome to Episode #3 in a 10-part series on "Parents in the Music Industry" - made possible with funding support from Music in Africa Foundation, the German Federal Foreign Office, Siemens Stiftung and Goethe-Institut. Guest: Siyabonga Mthembu (The Brother Moves On)

Siyabonga Mthembu is a performance artist, a curator, the vocalist from The Brother Moves On, and the first returning guest on our show. He's also a dad.

In this episode we talk about what it means to be a parent when you're on tour internationally for 30/40 days at a time. Siya talks about exposing your children to the arts (but not putting them on tv!), about kids writing catchy songs, having a village to raise them, being a safe place, and getting older. He also talks about the importance of knowing what KIND of artist you are, and he poses some incredibly important questions to South African artists.

Outro music: 'Elders' by The Brother Moves On.
Music used with permission from rights holders.
Siyabonga Mthembu on Instagram The Brother Moves On on Instagram Siyabonga Mthembu on Twitter. Music in Africa Foundation Siemens Stiftung Goethe-Institut German Federal Foreign Office
03
DEC
2021

#027 Is a rock band just a pre-kids life? | Shane Durrant (Desmond and the Tutus)

"You don't have to give up everything."

Welcome to Episode #2 in a 10-part series on "Parents in the Music Industry" - made possible with funding support from Music in Africa Foundation, the German Federal Foreign Office, Siemens Stiftung and Goethe-Institut.

Guest: Shane Durrant (Desmond and the Tutus)

Shane Durrant is a musician, a songwriter, a creative director, and a dad. He's also the frontman of the band Desmond and the Tutus.

Tune in to this episode to listen to a delightful conversation about whether (or not) you HAVE to give up your career in a rock band when you become a parent (and how being the primary caregiver could impact that choice). We also chat about MySpace and the (crazy cool) opportunities it manifested, 15 years of being in a band, how having kids can change the creative process, the value of culture and music and how financial support for artists is an investment.

Outro music: 'Ladybug' by Desmond and the Tutus.
Music used with permission from rights holders.
Desmond and the Tutus on Instagram Desmond and the Tutus on Facebook Desmond and the Tutus on Twitter Music in Africa Foundation Siemens Stiftung Goethe-Institut German Federal Foreign Office
30
NOV
2021

#026 Mommy is for giving hope to people | Buyisiwe Njoko (Sun Xa Experiment)

"I knew that I wanted to touch peoples lives one way or another."

Welcome to Episode #1 in a 10 part series on "Parents in the Music Industry" - made possible with funding support from Music in Africa Foundation, The German Federal Foreign Office, Siemens Stiftung and Goethe-Institut.

Guest: Buyisiwe Njoko (Sun Xa Experiment)

Buyisiwe Njoko is a mom, a writer, a songwriter, a philosopher, a teacher, a free thinker, a humanitarian who believes in liberty and the vocalist of Sun Xa Experiment.

In this interview she talks about the importance of professionalism, having your affairs in order, being present as a mother, the role of the extended family, and the need for the industry to support the mental health aspects of parenting and performing.

Outro track: 'Ungubani' by Sun Xa Experiment. Music used with permission from rights holders.
Buyisiwe Njoko on Instagram Sun Xa Experiment on Instagram Sun Xa Experiment on Bandcamp Music in Africa Foundation Siemens Stiftung Goethe-Institut German Federal Foreign Office Buyisiwe on LinkedIn
17
NOV
2021

#025 The Gatekeepers | Angela Weickl

When they lose support, they lose their power...

With a career in the creative industries spanning 15 years Angela Weickl has fulfilled multiple roles - talent agent, music industry consultant, journalist, DJ, and radio show host to name a few. She is also the director of the South African chapter of shesaidso.

In today's episode we chat about writing under pseudonyms, a life-long love affair with music, her involvement with shesaid.so (a global community that consists of women and gender minorities from all sectors of the music industry), the process of creating a Ted Talk, being pro-artist, and how it's time to get a strong handle on your career.

Ang also talks about the extra hurdles that women and the LGBTQ+ community have to overcome in the music industry, and what YOU can do to help the problem.

What a rad conversation!

Outro music: 'Your Mother Never Taught You Manners' - Rose Bonica
Used with permission from rights holder.
Angela on Instagram Angela on Twitter
17
SEP
2021

#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 shesaid.so Parenthood Committee (a community of parents within shesaid.so, 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

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