42 episodes

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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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

    #041 If you're an artist, you're never going to not be that

    #041 If you're an artist, you're never going to not be that

    So don't be afraid of being fearless in your songwriting.

    Ready to quit? Letting vanity metrics define your worth as an artist? Getting down on yourself because you don’t feel like you’re cracking a certain number of followers or likes on social media?

    Just STOP!

    Chock-full of advice and inspiration, Andrew Jed’s interview has some gems that will have you back in studio making music again. This is exactly what you need to hear today.

    Andrew Jed is a songwriter and musician in the most vintage sense of the term. He is a songwriter for the songwriter, a musician for the musicians, and a performer for the people. His songs are records of moments and experiences and nostalgia and half-drunk bottles of old rough-edged saloon whiskey.

    "Brakeman" by Andrew Jed. Music used with permission from the rights holder.

    • 43 min
    #040 Music saves lives. A reminder to follow your own vision and trust yourself

    #040 Music saves lives. A reminder to follow your own vision and trust yourself

    You are important.

    If you're in the entertainment industry, chances are you took a real knock over the past two years! But Naledi Tlailane reckons that the thick skin that entertainers have had to develop from a career full of auditions (and subsequent rejections) helped prepare them for the ultimate "No" of the COVID-19 lockdowns.

    Naledi Tlailane is an actress, storyteller, presenter, voice artist, and aspiring documentary short filmmaker. She's an art and drama practitioner mostly working with children from underprivileged communities and uplifting our environment.

    This week's episode is a small window into the life of a high-energy performer who gets to explore her goofy side in her drama work. Recorded sometime last year, Naledi and I chatted about creativity as a survival instinct, rejection as a tool for resilience, the importance of remembering where you started and WHY you do this!

    We also talk a little about the slow unfurling of the music scene post-covid, and how EVERYBODY should stay creative, whether or not it's your job.

    "Ethereal" by Rikus Nieuwenhuis (Karmic Kick). Music used with permission from the rights holder.

    • 25 min
    #039 It's Gonna Be Fine | Shotgun Tori

    #039 It's Gonna Be Fine | Shotgun Tori

    If the artists think so, it must be true right?

    Artists, more often than not, head into the dimly lit spaces that most fear to tread. They take the unpalatable aspects of being alive and transmute them into beautiful morsels that make reality and 'adulting' feel less lonely.

    In this episode, Daniel Friedman takes the driver's seat and shines a spotlight on your host Shotgun Tori's new EP 'It's Gonna Be Fine!'

    Riding Shotgun, she takes the guest seat, unpacking the making of this EP, the funding from SAMRO, the incredible musicians who feature on it, and whether she thinks it's actually GONNA be fine.

    Shotgun Tori is an indie folk singer/songwriter who believes that stories are to be shared and not left to wither quietly. Point in case.

    This EP was made possible by SAMRO's MCSF Initiative.

    • 39 min
    #038 Finish everything you do! | Bart Janssen

    #038 Finish everything you do! | Bart Janssen

    "The business is as important as the product."

    Bart Janssen is a producer, composer, and guitarist from the Netherlands and working with companies like Universal, Disney, and Talpa, he has developed a strong portfolio. Bart is a well-known session guitar player and has performed with acts like the Backstreet Boys and Il Divo. Aside from producing several radio hits in the Netherlands, his music features on TV, radio, and internet ads.

    We met over a decade ago, and his pop sensibilities have shifted many of the ways that I look at music. In this conversation, we focus on songwriting for other artists, as well as ways to make a living in the music industry.

    This episode is FULL of really great advice for anyone trying to make money making music.

    • 28 min
    #037 A catalyst for the magic | Jolene East

    #037 A catalyst for the magic | Jolene East

    “I’m not asking a boy to come to band practice, I’m doing my own music now"

    Jolene East (Jolling / The Honeymooners) is a singer-songwriter and a ukulele player, who loves to write authentic songs that bring out the emotions in people. Alongside her husband Steve East (Crystal Park / The Honeymooners), she also runs the venue Tweefontein Melkery.

    In this charming (and delightfully hilarious) episode, Jolene talks about how karaoke brought her closer to the music, releasing her new EP, showing Vanilla Ice how to sokkie and the extent to which she missed festivals during lockdown: “I want to have no shoes on and have a doring in my foot, slide in mud and ruin my outfit early in the day. It’s fine!”

    Her EP, "Fetch Me", was released worldwide through Just Music and can be found on all online platforms.

    Outro music: "I know I love you" by Jolling.
    Music used with permission from rights holders.

    • 32 min
    #036 Funding Opportunities for Musicians | Andre le Roux

    #036 Funding Opportunities for Musicians | Andre le Roux

    "It's not just about the money, it about a sense of self-worth"

    Andre Le Roux is the Managing Director of IKS Cultural Consulting, head of the Concerts SA Project, on the board of the Market Theatre Foundation and the Audit and Risk Committee of Music in Africa, as well as the Southern African Focal Point for the African Culture Fund.

    He is considered a highly regarded African cultural activist, and this week on the podcast we're talking about funding opportunities for musicians!

    In this episode: what's been lost in the sector over the last two years, the Concerts SA Digital Mobility Fund (and best practices!), how the act of applying for funding can get 'some people out of that dark place of being alone', sharing information with other artists, unlocking the nighttime economy in our cities, and the importance of visionary leadership.

    This should be required listening for any independent artist invested in their careers.

    To find out more about funding opportunities, head to the Facebook link below. To get in touch directly with regards to the Digital Mobility Fund, email DMF@IKSafrica.com.

    For general questions, email Hello@IKSafrica.com

    Outro music: Supa Tsela by Kgomotso Le Roux featuring DJ Clap.
    Music used with permission from rights holders.

    • 42 min

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mandymolls ,

Excellent!

Excellent interviewing and perfect first guest. Andra is amazing. Such a pleasure to hear her in interview. I loved listening to you both!

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