LISTEN: It's Gonna Be Fine | Shotgun Tori

It's Gonna Be Fine | Shotgun Tori

Remember banana bread tests, Zoom calls in pajama pants, and the alcohol ban of the Covid-19 lockdowns? Local folk singer/songwriter Shotgun Tori recalls those very things in her new EP 'It's Gonna Be Fine".

It's Gonna Be Fine Shotgun Tori
Shotgun Tori

Whilst funding to record music professionally is often hard to come by for independent musicians, as a recipient of SAMRO's Micro Creation Support Fund Initiative, Tori recorded and released a 6-track EP, that tells honest tales of the aforementioned lockdown, claustrophobia, divorce, depression and home affairs. (Despite what it sounds like, it's a remarkably optimistic take on it all!)

In a conversation with music journalist and comedian, Daniel Friedman, Tori unpacks the process of applying for arts funding, and talks about the steps behind the making of an album, being precious about her ideas, and whether she actually thinks that it's gonna be fine.

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Naledi Tlailane
Naledi Tlailane
Meanwhile, if you're in the entertainment industry, chances are you took a real knock over the past two years! But entertainer Naledi Tlailane (pictured above) reckons that the thick skin that artists 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.

This episode of Shotgun Story 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 chats about creativity as a survival instinct, rejection as a tool for resilience, the importance of remembering where you started and WHY you do this!

She also talks 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.

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Music used with permission from rights holders.

About Shotgun Story

The Shotgun Story podcast has conversations with independent artists (musicians mostly) about music, meaning, and the point of it all.

What drives them, how do they keep afloat, what are the difficulties they face (particularly in South Africa), and how do they tackle these challenges? (Keep an eye open for bonus interviews with industry experts who seek to answer these questions!)

It's an inspiring resource for anyone who loves music and has ever thought about making it and it's hosted by Shotgun Tori, a lo-fi indie singer/songwriter from Johannesburg, who believes that stories are to be shared and not left to wither quietly. Tori's imperative is to inspire creators to keep making art against all odds.

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