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Shottaz – Releases

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Shottaz – Sickness (prod. Grafta)

Available on all streaming platforms: Zodom Area are happy to share the release of Shottaz new song titled “Sickness”. The song is produced, mixed and mastered by Toronto based Kiwi producer Grafta. Having worked together on several projects in the mid-2000s, the crew is super excited to be reunited with the talented producer over a […]

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Shottaz bring the Vibes Up

Released in November 2019, the Shottaz Vibes Up EP is a 4 track Afro Dancehall project with one main agenda, ‘Raise the vibes’. Whether you at a party, in your car, working out, in isolation during this Covid 19 situation or when you are feeling low and just need something to lift your energy a […]

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I’m Back and I’m Done

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m back for the umpteenth time. You would be forgiven for wondering if this is yet another fleeting run of posts before I go silent for another spell, but heck it feels great to be writing again. It’s been an interesting year with many highs and numerous lows, but all in all […]

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SB.Shottaz Vol.2 New Beginningz in a Dub Den

Back for round two & twice as nice. SB.Shottaz return to the Dub Den to continue their quest into the sub-realms of Jamaican Bass. Two MC’s, Max & Hlats of The Shottaz, alongside Sandy Bay’s own, Ed G, in the mix.

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New year tings – Let us talk resolutions

Greetings to all! If you’re reading this post, I trust you made it safely through the festive period and are geared up for a colossal 2019 like me. I can’t start this post without acknowledging the monster year that was 2018. For the Shottaz, last year was significant because we made some significant strides and […]

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Wrapping Up Twenty Eighteen

As the year that is 2018 comes to a close, I personally have a lot to reflect on. From starting a new chapter in a different environment, to continuing on a musical path that was set 2 years prior, it has been an action packed year to say the least. Like any other year, it […]

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Building Connections – The Power Of Networking

Growing up, my mother used to always use the well known phrase “No man is an island” and from early on I grasped the essence of this statement. In life, we sometimes fall into a trap of trying to take on too much without seeking assistance. Unfortunately for me, I am not an exception when […]

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Jack of all trades – Learning new skills to keep the show alive

It’s been a crazy few weeks for me hence the radio silence on this blog. It’s been pretty challenging for me to stay on top of things, because we’ve been on the grind, working on some exciting content. I had an in-depth conversation with one of my peers recently, and he highlighted something that never […]

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Grind Life (part 2) – Best Foot Forward

Last week I posted about what it takes to be considered as being elite at whatever you do. My case study was a bunch of NZ/Aus artists that are currently operating at a very high level. One of these artists is a really good friend of mine who just started a high profile trans-tasman tour […]

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Grind Life – Operating At An Elite Level

If you have been following this blog over the last few weeks you’ll have read about our busy schedule recently. I have really enjoyed pushing the music to new listeners, and it’s been a blast gigging every week. Most importantly, I have learned a lot of crucial lessons which place me and my compadre in […]

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Clutching At Straws – A Curious Case Of Writer’s Block

Over the past month or so, I have used this blog as an outlet to express my views on creating music and it has been quite an interesting ride. On one hand, I have been forced to look at my musical journey from an objective perspective, which has been confronting at times. On the flip […]

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Coming Up For Air – The Art of Breath Control

Recently I had the pleasure of catching up with a bunch of kiwis at a mate’s birthday party. It’s crazy how simple things like using certain slang words and phrases without having to explain yourself can be quite gratifying. Needless to say, it was an enjoyable evening. What made it more interesting was the fact […]

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Lessons Learned – Gig Vibes

Last weekend kicked off a busy little period for the Shottaz. We have a few gigs lined up every weekend for the next month, and we have a big double release just around the corner. What this means is that we have been working hard for the last 2 months to ensure we are well […]

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Laying down a solid foundation – Building a strong structure

It’s been a busy couple of months in the Shottaz camp and I can’t stress enough how thrilling it has been seeing some of our music hit the streets. We have been working diligently for the last 2 years to set ourselves up for what you’ll be seeing us deliver in the near and distant […]

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Meeting Expectations – Doing it for the people that Count

Since I started working 9-5 in the corporate world, one thing has resonated with me from the very beginning. In my role, I have always had multiple stakeholders that rely on me for information and they always want it immediately. At first I got bogged down trying to impress my masters by pushing myself to […]

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The TrainWreck – What happens when preparation is lacking

Early this year I wrote a post about the importance of preparation, highlighting that rehearsing should be the cornerstone of any self respecting performer’s routine. I shared some scenarios that happened in the Yung Shottaz days which informed us of the need to make sure we are always ready for every show we book. Prior […]

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A Long Winding Road – Staying the Course

I recently finished a series of posts about the necessary steps for achieving, and defining, success. These posts were informed by the last 2 years of my career in music, which have been quite illuminating. In this short period, we have made progress in leaps and bounds, ticking off boxes like it’s going out of […]

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Artist Spotlight – Triplelan

Artist Spotlight returns with an interview with yet another African artist making waves in the New Zealand music scene. Triplelan has been making waves for a couple of years with his unique afrobeat/afropop sound. With an ear for catch melodies, and an excellently produced sound, the Uganda raised Congolese artist is a breath of fresh […]

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Stay in your own lane – Defining Success

I started a series of posts earlier this year about the ingredients of success, and before I could tie off the series life happened. Check out the previous posts about preparation, patience, and hard work to add more context to this article. I was having a conversation with a fellow musician the other day and […]

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Enter the Dub Den – SB Shottaz Mixtape Vol 1

Many years ago, when we still flew under the Yung Shottaz banner, we caught wind of a crew that was making serious noise on the Auckland dancehall scene. These guys were supposed to be the baddest selectas on the scene, riding with the toughest MC running the mic at the time. At first I didn’t […]

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Teamwork – It certainly makes the dream work

Sometime last year I was blessed with the opportunity to be interviewed on a platform called Foxii Network. I jumped at it without hesitation because I realised that I could share the Shottaz story with a unique audience. What was meant to be a concise discussion spawned into a 30 minute video of pure insight. […]

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Be Encouraged Today – Bringing Motivation On A Daily

Believe it or not, I started writing this post about six months ago. I had just moved to Melbourne and had bags of time on my hands so I was creating a lot of content. Out of the blue my situation changed. I was offered a job which I couldn’t refuse, given that my savings […]

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Allow me to re-introduce myself – Max Shotta’s blog (Take 3)

I’m back baby. The roller coaster ride that is this blog rolls on, despite life trying its level best to keep me in check. In case you weren’t aware, a lot of changes have happened in and around my life in the last 6 months that have slowed my grind significantly. I made a permanent […]

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Artist Spotlight: Unchained XL

Welcome to the first ever Artist Spotlight, Shottaz stylee. The idea is to introduce you to artist’s we see working hard and are worth checking out. We hope to help you discover new artists, giving you an insight into who they are in the process.   To kick things off, we are honoured to have […]

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Hard Work, Dedication – The Money Philosophy

Last week I wrote about patience and highlighted how it contributes to success. Another key component to achieving success is hard work. In order to achieve your goals, it’s important to ensure that you work hard throughout your process. Floyd Mayweather Jr, a great athlete of our time, immortalised the phrase “Hard Work, Dedication”. This is a […]

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Patience – An important key to getting the job done

“Some of the smartest dummies, can’t read the language of Egyptian mummies, and ah fly go a moon, and can’t find food for the starving tummies”  — Damian “Jr Gong” Marley (patience) Growing up I used to hear the phrase “Patience is a virtue” thrown around with reckless abandon. As time passed, I found myself using […]

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The Importance Of Preparation 2 – Ironing Out The Kinks

Last year I wrote a post about the importance of being prepared in the context of recording sessions. To jog your memory, I talked about session musicians, which are essentially hired guns. I pointed out the importance of preparation so that a session engineer’s time is not wasted. This post is a natural extension to […]

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Family Matters – Keeping The Real Ones Close

Nhasi ndirikuFARA and only the real ones know. I won’t even bother translating the shona phrase because the importance of the statement will be lost in translation. That said, I would like to say that over the last few months I have realised the importance of a strong family nucleus, and this is not limited […]

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New Year – Fresh Beginnings

2017 was a great year for the Shottaz on many different fronts, we released our first project in 5 years, got this website off the ground, started a merch line with 2 initial designs, and managed to score a few high profile gigs alongside some amazing musicians. Something that most people may not know is […]

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I’m A Shotta: I Shoot From The Hip

It has recently caught my attention that I have a certain personality trait. It can be perceived as being good or bad, depending on your perspective. I was out with friends one night and we had it all planned out to a tee. What the others weren’t aware of was an impending situation which would […]

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Trading Bars: Iron Sharpening Iron

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” — Proverbs 27v17 The proverb of iron sharpening iron has been slung around for centuries, and for centuries the crux of the statement has remained true. Over the last 2 years the proverb has rung true for me as I have witnessed exponential growth in my […]

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The Importance of Preparation: Tales of a Skilled Pretender

Sometime last year, the brother Hlats hit me up on a random Thursday afternoon and asked me to accompany him to a studio session. After requesting more details regarding this  “session”, with no luck in terms of clarification, I agreed to tag along for the ride. Unbeknownst to me, this would be my first foray […]

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The Art of Repetition: The Story of a Young Sage Named Hlats

“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” — Malcolm Gladwell (Outliers) If you haven’t read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, I highly recommend that you right that wrong as soon as you can, it’s a must read. Heck if you don’t like to read, listen to […]

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