Oppikoppi going down next week. It’s so close! Moerse #jol a few hours from Snor City. Are you prepared? Do you have a camping chair and a friend who can carry you? And do you have your tickets yet? If not, click here. With that said, we’re asking Oppikoppi artists 7 kief questions about the festival  and even asking for a few hints and tips for first-timers. We had a chat with The Tazers.

The Tazers are a psychedelic rock & roll band that resides in Johannesburg, with Jethro Lock on Lead Vocals & Guitar, Tim Edwards on Drums & Backup Vocals and Guido Assmann on bass.

In their short time together, The Tazers have torn through the South African music scene and shared stages with Van Coke Kartel, Shadowclub, The Narrow, Desmond & the Tutus & many more. The band is notorious for hitting the road, having toured twice in this year alone playing shows all over the country.

At the end of February 2016 The Tazers released their 2nd EP which consists of 6 tracks, all in a similar vein; with a heavy influence from 70’s psychedelic dream rock. They wish to take the audience back in time to an era they wish they could have experienced, hence the title of the EP ‘Time Machine’. The songs were all written by The Tazers, and aim to push their music forward by blending the old rock & roll style of their first EP with more washed out vocals, phased out guitars and groove oriented basslines as heard in Time Machine.

What’s the one thing you will never forget to bring to Oppikoppi, other than instruments?

Wet Wipes and GEES!

Haha, starting strong! If you could collaborate with any artist (dead or alive) for one show, who would it be? And why?

Guido: Jimi Hendrix because of his spontaneous electrifying energy.
Jethro & Timothy: Damon Albarn of Gorillaz & Blur because of his versatility as a composer and his creative ‘far out’ approach & ability in producing quality music.

the tazers

Which of the artists performing this year are you looking forward seeing? And why?

Looking forward to seeing Sol Gems because PSAAK, Medicine Boy because dusty dreamcore, Urban Village because culture, Boxer because Star Wars references, The Ts & Cs because MAATES, Go Barefoot because tour bros, Femi Koya because there’s a first time for everything, Vana and The Oh So Serious because folk jols and Kongos because their new album is insane.

Where is the best place at Oppikoppi to wind down, or have a few beer with the mates?

Top Bar without a doubt. Once you’ve taken the trek up you need to ‘chill’ (drink beer) before you have the energy to make it down in one piece.

What has been your fondest memory of Oppikoppi?

Guido: Reaching the Top Bar a few years back and realising it was the place I visited when I was about 8 years old. That moment threw me straight back.

I remember Valiant Swart playing on stage and, back then, there was a big pool table in the bar. Some lady with huge boobs taught my sister and I how to play pool. This has to take the cake!

What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever given you before or after a show?

Before (Technically): We were flashed by the Fishwives back in the day during soundcheck at a show in Grahamstown.
After: Some random Muslim guy came up to us after one of our shows at Manila Bar in Cape Town and just handed us 2k in cold hard cash. He said something along these lines: “You guys are so rad, you deserve to be bigger, so here take my money”. It’s safe to say we partied hard that night.

Coffee, or another beer when waking up at Oppikoppi? Explain.

Coffee and Beer in that order. Nothing wakes you up like a sterk coffee and nothing cures a hangover like another beer does. It’s a recipe for a great success.

A big thanks to The Tazers for their time. Be sure to check them out when they gooi at Oppikoppi next week!