Oppikoppi Interview: Satanic Dagga Orgy

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What gave you the idea to start the Satanic Dagga Orgy band?
Ray McCauley came to us in a dream. Blame him.

Who inspires you?
Madonna. Besides being a fashion icon, she showed the world that even when you’re in your 50s, you can still show your vagina to anyone you want.

Is there a certain trend/fashion you follow in the SA music scene?
We like to think we’re the only band currently willing to wear speedos on stage.

Where do you get the ideas to write the music you write?
Mainly from Ray McCauley in our dreams, but also from current events and things that happen in our lives. They’re not always true reflections of the events, but a little exaggeration never hurt anyone.

What does your music reflect about you?
Probably our absolute belief in the right to freedom of speech. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, we don’t make art, we write fun songs that are easy to sing along to.

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Where do you see Satanic Dagga Orgy in the future?
Ideally playing festivals on Mars. How long in the future did you mean? Next year we hope to play more festivals and finally quit accidentally listening to U2.

What is the hardest part about being a band?
Telling our grandparents the name of our band. That and breaking strings almost constantly.

What is the best part of being in the band?
Getting Ray McCauley to speak to us in our dreams. Actually the fact we get to hang with each other almost every weekend and get into shows for free.

Do you guys get into a lot of agreements/disagreements about the band and music in general?
We run a very democratic process when it comes to decisions, our main arguments are about whose turn it is to bring the booze to band practice.

What is your favorite type of music?
Ska, Folk, Country, Punk, Blues and Pop. EDM in general can fuck off.

What time/day are you playing at Oppi 2015?
We’re playing at 12h00 on the Skellum Stage on Sunday 9 August. It’s Women’s Day so we’re hoping to put our poems in all of you.

Where can fans buy the album and find out more about Satanic Dagga Orgy shows?
We’re about the first 3 pages of Google results, but the best places to follow us is on Facebook (Satanic Dagga Orgy) or Twitter (@SDOrgyMusic) and you can download our music for free on bandcamp (bandcamp.com/satanicdaggaorgy)

Oppikoppi Interview: Francois Van Coke

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Photograph: Jaco S Venter Interview: Melissa Griesel

What gave you the idea to start the Francois Van Coke band?
I understand this is a stock standard question, but it is quite tough to answer this as I am a solo artist. I just want to make music.

Who inspires you?
Life, death, love and hate.

Is there a certain trend/fashion you follow in the SA music scene?
I don’t think so.

Where do you get the ideas to write the music you write?
Life, death, love and hate.

What does your music reflect about you?
Everything. I am quite honest in the music and songs I write. The songs are autobiographical.

Where do you see Francois Van Coke in the future?
I see myself on stage, on a couch, on a plane, in a field or in a van.

What is the hardest part about being a band?
Being away from home most of the time.

What is the best part of being in the band?
Writing new songs.

Do you guys get into a lot of agreements/disagreements about the band and music in general?
I have the final say what happens on stage or on my album.

What is your favorite type of music?
Rock music.

What time/day are you playing at Oppi 2015?
Sunday at 22.00 on the James Philips Stage.

Where can fans buy the album and find out more about Francois Van Coke shows?
My album is in the stores and available on iTunes. All my info is at www.francoisvancoke.co.za

Oppikoppi Odyssey 2014

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Not just anyone can go to Oppikoppi. You have to REALLY love music to want to be there and endure the 3 days of dust and partying.

The line-up this year promised to create a few highlights in many people’s lives with headliners Aloe black, Editors and Wolf Mother.

It was great to see so many vibrant souls in the campsites and definite camaraderie between the newer Oppikoppi generation and the veterans. We all have something to learn from each other, whether it’s the fact that you’re too old to party that hard or too young to remember to shower and buy extra cigarettes.

I had the pleasure of seeing some of my favorite artists, namely Spoek Mathambo, Nomadic Orchestra, Sibot and Toyota, Mr. Sakitumi, Louie Lvnd, Lex la Foy and (new found appreciation for) CT legends Dookoom. With every stage hosting some great bands is was tough running between all the different gigs and trying fit everyone in.

Some fun Oppikoppi facts
1. It was their 20 year anniversary so you can only imagine how people celebrated and revelled in the dustathon.
2. The Red Bull stage was the biggest rave Limpopo has ever experienced.
3. DJ Bob played every night, and the most legendary set.
4. Dookoom Salute! Breakfast with these guys was something special, and camping next to Isaac Mutant was an education.
5. The showers in media where decent.
6. There was the one place we ate and it blew my mind. I’d go back to Oppikoppi next year just to eat there again.
7. Always take an extra multi plug for the media centre.
8. The Running of the Gods was participated in with enthusiasm, but
9. The naked race took the cake – brave souls of Mordor.
10. People didn’t shout Oppikoppi as much this year. In fact, there was a lot less shouting and way more listening in my opinion.
11. The Oppikoppi team work damn hard to make the festival incredible for you so say thank you!
12. It was a contest for the best branded buffs; MTV, MK and Red Bull vying for the spot.

Thanks to Revolution and Hilltop for having us. Still finding dust in my ears.
By DJMelitia

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