Max Shotta's Corner

New Year Tings – Let’s Talk Resolutions

Posted on January 11, 2019

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 Read the full article…

Wrapping Up – Twenty Eighteen

Posted on December 21, 2018

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 Read the full article…

Building Connections – The Power Of Networking

Posted on December 14, 2018

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 Read the full article…

Grind Life (part 2) – Best Foot Forward

Posted on November 16, 2018

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 Read the full article…

Grind Life – Operating At An Elite Level

Posted on November 9, 2018

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 Read the full article…

Coming Up For Air – The Art of Breath Control

Posted on October 26, 2018

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 Read the full article…

Lessons Learned – Gig Vibes

Posted on October 19, 2018

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 Read the full article…

Meeting Expectations – Doing it for the people that Count

Posted on September 28, 2018
My own lane

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 Read the full article…

The TrainWreck – What happens when preparation is lacking

Posted on September 21, 2018

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 Read the full article…

A Long Winding Road – Staying the Course

Posted on September 14, 2018

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 Read the full article…

Artist Spotlight – Triplelan

Posted on September 7, 2018
Triplelan musician

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 Read the full article…

Stay in your own lane – Defining Success

Posted on August 31, 2018
My own lane

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 Read the full article…

Enter the Dub Den – SB Shottaz Mixtape Vol 1

Posted on August 28, 2018
sb-shottaz mixtape

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 Read the full article…

Teamwork – It certainly makes the dream work

Posted on August 28, 2018

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. Read the full article…

Spotify Playlist: TEN OF THE BEST – Week 6

Posted on April 9, 2018
ten of the best playlist week 6

This week’s TEN OF THE BEST playlist has dropped and yet again it’s a banger. A fe selections from left field but a good listen all the same. Have a listen and decide for yourself. Enjoy!!!   (Scroll down to the bottom of this post for he spotify playlist) Winner – Kardinal Offishal X Joey Read the full article…