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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#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

#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 and how much the SHOW matters! He also gives a little bit of breakdown of what actually goes down in the studio when you make a record.

This is a really accessible interview, whether you're a muso or simply a music lover.

Barry Berk is a filmmaker and music producer. He creates his magic at The Bass Station in Johannesburg and has recorded some of the hottest indie musicians in South Africa.

Outro music : 'Flutter By' by Door Peep, featuring Reign Afrika on vocals
Used with permission of the right holder
The Bass Station Website Follow The Bass Station on Instagram Follow The Bass Station on Facebook

#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 Musician.

In this weeks episode, we talk about the story behind the Fake Leather Blues Band, how less is more when it comes to jamming, painting the inside of your soul, a livestream from under a tree in Mozambique, and learning new ways to connect with your audience. Also, some super practical advice for artists!

If you want to connect with Conrad

Outro music mused with permission from rights holder.
Follow Conrad on Instagram Find Conrad on Facebook

#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 scriptwriter.

In this week's episode, Daniel talks about retiring from comedy, making kids music, writing serious songs, collaborations, low self-esteem, robots taking over the world and mostly it's a LOT of music talk. In fact, if you were looking for some new music suggestions, this would be the episode to listen to!

Outro Music : Bring on the Rain by High Society
Music used with permission from the rights holder.
Shotgun Story Spotify Playlist - Enjoy :-)

#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 cover charge you pay to see a musician play live is actually for.

It's full of goosebumps and reminders about the importance of why it matters that creators keep making their art.

Outro music by AusTebza
Used with permission from the rights holder.
AusTebza on Instagram AusTebza on Twitter AusTebza on Facebook

#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 communicate emotion.

This is one of my favourite episodes.

Outro music : Times Up 2 - Matthew Van der Want with Chris Letcher, Victoria Hume, Andrew Joseph and Nic Bjorkman
Music used with permission from the rights holder
Matthew van der Want on Twitter Matthew van der Want on Bandcamp WATCH van der Want / Letcher - Lockdown Live

#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 break the rules, using your gifts, creating multiple streams of income within the creative industries and of a world that doesn’t have to be this sad.

Outro music : Basimanyana - Tubatsi Mpho Moloi
Used with permission from rights holder.
Tubatsi Mpho Moloi on Instagram Tubatsi Mpho Moloi on Facebook Urban Village on Instagram

#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 Queen, booking for Oppikoppi, the difference between verse people, chorus people and bridge people, and the reason his guitar is gathering dust.

The truth is that he has done almost every music industry job out there and nothing has ever been to small for him. Whenever he hosts a major event he still believes it to be unlucky if he doesn't buy the first ticket or hand out the first 100 flyers.

"If it weren't for music I would still be selling slip slops in a surf shop in the Eastern Cape."

Outro music (Used with permission from rights holder)
"Be The Lion" by Southern Gypsey Queen, Black Cat Bones and Tidal Waves. (A one take improv version)
Gareth on Instagram Gareth on Facebook Buy Shotgun Xmas Listen to the Shotgun Story Spotify playlist (a playlist of tracks by - and recommended / mentioned by - the artists interviewed on the show)

#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 and some folk punk.

He is also the singer & guitarist from Fuzigish & Rambling Bones.

Connect with Jay Bones

Outro music : 'Play' by Rambling Jay Bones
Used with permission of the rights holder

Have you checked out the Shotgun Story Spotify Playlist yet?
It's a playlist of tracks by - and recommended / mentioned by - the artists appearing on the show.
Jay Bones on Instagram Shotgun Tori's 'Shotgun Xmas' on Bandcamp Shotgun Story Spotify Playlist

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