South Africa’s most celebrated music festival is going down in August, and it’s going to be one moerse #jol! We here at Why Ed are already preparing ourselves by drinking only beer for a week straight and inhaling dust out paper bags. With that said, we’re asking Oppikoppi artists 7 questions about the festival, and sommer delving into past experiences. Their answers may serve you well in the quest to make your very own Oppikoppi experience one of the most memorable.

We took some time out of our festival preparations to ask Tanya Schoeman, lead singer of Tuin, a few questions about Oppikoppi 21: The Fantastic Mr. VOS VOS!

Tuin is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter who started making waves in the South African Music industry in the beginning of 2014. She blew the minds of the Otterlake and STRAB festival fans with her pop-indie/blues tunes and is set to do the same with a full band at Oppikoppi 2015. Tuin is known to blow the crowd away with a vocal that will give you goosebumps all over.

Tuin will be playing a set at Oppikoppi, so are there any pre-show rituals you go through before going on stage? If so, will there be any tweaks to your pre-show for Oppikoppi?

Usually before I go on stage, I look at myself in the mirror and say: ” I see Pride, I see power, I see a bad ass motha, that won’t take no crap from nobody!!!!!” Ok just kidding, that’s a quote from the movie Cool Runnings.

No, all I do before I go up, is smoke a cigarette, it’s the only thing that calms me down.

What’s the one thing you will never forget to bring to any festival, including Oppikoppi? Or is there a difference between the two?

A straightener (laughs). Kobus De Kock Jnr. Lead singer of the Black Cat Bones bought me a bag with this weird looking cat on the back for my birthday, so I never go to a festival without it, hehehe.

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If you could describe Oppikoppi in one song excerpt, what would it be?

I would have to quote this whole song, all the lyrics are just so perfect… Lucy Sraggan- The Beer fear:

Last night I told ya I loved ya
Woke up blamed it on the Vodka
I genuinely thought I was dyin’
And I could see that smile you were hiding

Last night I told ya I need ya
That’s the last time I drink tequila
Super lemon and his sidekick salt kid
I start cryin’ and verbally assaulting

Last night I asked you to marry me
That’s when I remembered the brandy
I wake up and claim I didn’t say it
Screwed if I ever wake up in Vegas

Wish I could stop and I’m not joking
Drinking too much and socially smoking
Wish I could stop, start to behave and then
Wake up in the morning and never miss a day again

Last night police had to frisk me
In the cells thanks to bells fine whiskey
Whoops, I think I said too much like
Do you like my bracelets
Oh wait, they’re handcuffs

So last night I said, “I want your babies
Forget the ice it’s not nice to drink Baileys
I drink that much that I forget
Of every embarrassing thing that I say next
You said, “I got on one knee,” and there’s no way
Unless I’ve been drinking—oh, wait—Rosé
Sailor Jerry’s Rum. I think I drunk a ship full
Please, please someone provide me a disbrol.
Sailor Jerry’s Rum. I think I drank too much
Showing randomers way too much love

Last night I called you a loser
I think that was after flamin’ Sambuca
I shouted at you “do me a favour”
And that’s when I fell off the pavement

Wish I could stop and I’m not joking
Drinking too much and socially smoking
Wish I could stop, start to behave and
Then wake up in the morning and never miss a day again

‘Cause I’d love to learn when to shut my mouth
Wake up in the morning and be in my own house
Do a last shot and know when to stop
No more photos on Facebook of me doing the robot
Know when to leave and when to lock my front door
Start waking up and cheesing in a bed full of people
Sitting in a cupboard with my weird best friend
But I’m only young so I’m not gonna pretend

I wish I could stop ’cause I’m not joking
I love drinking too much and socially smoking
I don’t really wanna learn to behave amen
And I, hey, just missed another day again

What have you done so far to prepare for Oppikoppi?

The band has been practising very hard and I am so excited for you to hear the songs and hear what these amazing muso’s have done with them. I am a very lucky girl to be able to share a stage with Alouise Peens: Bass, Gerrie Pansegrouw: Electric, Annie Curtin: Drums and last but not least Elisha James: Keyboard.

Pink drinks, beer or tequilas at Oppikoppi? 🙂

I am more of a Jagermeister, Brandy and Coke kind of girl but if I had to choose one of the above, it would be beer, well, Black Label to be specific.

If you could describe Mordor/District 9 in one word, what would it be? And why?

MasterCard… ’cause it’s priceless

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever witnessed at a festival?

Well, it’s not a thing, it’s a person… Elisha James, my keyboardist, if you’ve met him before you’ll understand, hehehe

We would like to thank Tanya for her time and her great answers. Be sure to catch Tuin at Oppikoppi! It’s going to be a blasty-blast!

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