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.
#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.
#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
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#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 email@example.com
Outro music mused with permission from rights holder.
#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
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#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
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#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
Customer ReviewsSee All
Excellent interviewing and perfect first guest. Andra is amazing. Such a pleasure to hear her in interview. I loved listening to you both!