This week’s artist spotlight is on @napalmnannyandtheshack !
- Tell me a little about yourself:
” I am the four-eyed creature that runs the pirate radio show/podcast. I am highly motivated by anxiety, anger and a sick obsession with the outskirts of society. Ultimately, my rebellion and inability to accept closed doors is what gets me up and running everyday. I use my punk roots to grit through the exhaustion and pick myself back up with the help of a very supportive music junky community, I could easily just work my 40 hours a week and sit home and watch tv, but that would be a disservice to myself creatively and my newfound motley crew of music nerds. “
2. How did you come up with your Instagram name?
“There’s quite a few elements that make up my instagram handle. My names Nancy but Nanny has been a childhood nickname that I could never shake off. Then Napalm Nanny was an idea for a roller derby name, which I then adopted as my radio/podcast name. Although I had friends suggest that I should just leave it as my name, I took inspiration from Little Stevens Underground Garage and included The Shack to my name. That, and I had plans to build a shack to record out of, but the realization that I struggle with Ikea furniture kept me following through with the plan. So, Napalm Nanny and The Shack was born.”
3. Can you talk a little about your podcast? How did you come up with it etc?
” The podcast is a combination of so many things. As a kid I always played with the radio and always walked away from the library with stacks of book and VHSs on a weekly basis. Then as an angsty teen from the south part of Los Angeles, I found an underground scene where music was played loud and finally matched the quiet anger inside of me. Running from the cops, raided punk/ska gigs, witnessing stabbings, being held at gun point, watching friends become victim to the punk scene and become homeless/addicts and my own struggle with sobriety, I always had music despite the chaos. So music and books were always an escape and held to high regard. Then I’ve always loved exchanging music/trivia/news with family and friends. I always want to find something new and love digging into the scandalous stories. My best friend, William, suggested I take my passion for strange and obscure history, music and niche scenes/eras and do something with it. So this train wreck is a solo act that is kept together with bubble bum, caffeine and and a fuck it attitude. “
4. What is the weirdest subjects you recently found out about?
“What strange facts and history don’t I find! There’s always something strange around the corner, but I recently dug up how Prohibition brought a resurgence of the KKK and lead to the deputization of klans members. I have also found how Nazi Germany looked at the United States systematic way to “clean” incoming migrant workers with Zyklon B and ultimately took inspiration to create the final solution in concentration camps. “
5. Do you have any exciting news or any events coming up that you would to share?
“There’s so much I want to do/plan! I would like to include/invite local musicians/artists to help host an episode. I would like to turn my daily/weekly doodles/cover art into zines and stickers. I would also like to begin to self-publish my writing. I know I sound like a mad woman and might be biting off more than I can chew, but the way I see it, if I’m going to lose my sanity over something it might as well be for something I love. However, in the mean time, I am beyond happy with the small community of weirdos that listen and like to discuss music/history/trivia. It’s a strange corner of the internet here, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. “
Thank you so much for the interview!
Until next time!