A quick pre Oppikoppi chat with Satanic Dagga Orgy

Satanic Dagga Orgy hail from Johannesburg and have been jamming non-metal non-demonic folky tunes for the last few years and according to their Facebook page they are affiliated to the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, The Justice League of America, The Avengers and The Sonic the Hedgehog Fan-fiction Club, they do not play shows with pseudo-intellectual bullshit artists and they play songs about love, life, Twitter, Satan, magic mushrooms, pastors, sheep and Johannesburg.

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With a name taken straight off a tabloid headline, it’s clear that Satanic Dagga Orgy don’t take themselves too seriously.  The same, however, can’t be said for their approach to music.  Drawing influence from pop music and punk rock, their grooving folk jams fill the space between the two extremes and get the crowd bouncing along from the first chord to the last beat of the snare.

They have been described as “The Slipknot of Folk” and even “The South Park of Music” and have managed to rack up some noticeable achievements in their 2 years of existence. They played Oppikoppi and Krank’d Up in 2015, released 2 EP’s, had 3 coastal tours and they have been retweeted by Reel Big Fish. Earlier in this year, they started an initiative to raise money to rebuild the Klein Libertas theatre in Stellenbosch. Satanic Dagga Orgy were also recently added to the line-up for Oppikoppi 2016 (which is happening from 5-8 August).

I recently had a chat to SDO about Oppikoppi and a few other things. This is what he had to say:

When you think of Oppikoppi, what comes to mind and why?

When we think of Oppikoppi we think of a prawn braai. It’s one of the most lekker things to do, but there are still prawns. Oppikoppi is one of our favourite times and places on the planet, so our second thought is almost always “When can we go back?”

What have you been up to lately?

We’ve been busy writing new material, some of it will debut at Koppi, as well as working on a music video and planning for our next studio session, where we’ll be releasing our first full-length album.

What do you think of the current state of SA Music?

We’re super happy with the spirit of togetherness and support we feel from most of the people and bands we play with, and from talking to them, it seems like this is a general sentiment. It feels like there is a special energy in our scene at the moment and we just hope it goes from strength to strength.

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What is your favorite quote about Folk Music?

Well, theres a quote and there’s a meme. The quote is “if it’s got more than 4 chords but less than 20, its folk music” the meme relates to saving cats from folk-music households. SDOHQ has three cats. We dare anyone to try and remove them.

What can audiences expect from your set at Oppikoppi this year?

More energy, more laughs, more sing-a-longs and if all goes according to plan, some naked people spraying booze into the crowd. We’re amped!

I’d like to thank Satanic Dagga Orgy for taking time to answer my questions. I wish them all of the best with their future musical endeavours and I will definitely be checking their set out at Oppikoppi 2016.

General Admission tickets for Oppikoppi cost R850. Get yours now or you’ll be paying R950 for a late ticket.

Watch this space for regular updates in the Music and Interviews categories on Running Wolf’s Rant.

Photos by Laura McCullagh.

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Henno Kruger
Blogger, Desktop Activist, Twitter / Facebook Addict, Music Festival Addict, Avid lover of South African music, Founder and owner of Running Wolf's Rant and co-founder of SA Music Zone
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