Christo (aka Baas de Beer) is a freelance MC, DJ, comedian, writer and full time Lover of Music. His corporate involvement in Activation Media (a brand personality management company) affords him the opportunity to stay on the cutting edge of social media, events and marketing.
I recently had the privilege to catch up with one of the unofficial mayors of Pretoria (aka Snor City) before next week’s Oppikoppi festival. This is what he had to say.
Describe Oppikoppi in one sentence
Dirty, dusty, easy-going, fun, friendly… and that’s just the girls.
Just kidding… Koppi is like Douglas Adams’ 42, the answer to the meaning of life, the universe and everything.
Which artists are you most looking forward to at Oppikoppi 2013 Bewilderbeast?
Obviously Deftones and Yellowcard… but even more so Fokofpolisiekar, the Black Cat Bones, Andra, Cortina Whiplash, Jeremy Loops, Mango Groove, the Koos Kombuis tribute set… Ok, I’ll stop now – I need to save my energy to run around between the stages…
If there was an Oppikoppi superhero, what would his/her name be and what exactly would his/her powers be?
Bewilder Bra – curing Hangovers with a strum of his air guitar!
What is the funniest thing that you’ve seen at Oppikoppi over the years?
A general one would have to be girls (and guys) doing the walk of shame (thinking that anyone actually cares what they’ve been up to). I call them dust sluts.
What is your idea of the perfect Oppikoppi Babe?
A wild child capable of enjoying Koppi without clinging onto her guy the whole time. She also has to point and laugh at girls actually wearing major makeup, high heels and such.
If you could give Oppikoppi virgins one little piece of advice ahead of the festival, what would it be?
Honestly? Don’t get so fucked that you miss the festival. I know it might sound strange ahead of an event infamous for its wanton debauchery and drunken adventures, but do you really want to be the sad sack who missed his favourite band coz you can’t handle your tequila? Pace yourself before you hate yourself.
If you could mix a special Oppikoppi drink, what would it contain?
Last year this one seemed to work quite well for me:
Take a 2 litre coke bottle, with about 750ml coke left in it. Add 750 ml bottle of brandy, 1 Monster and mix. Drink. Repeat.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Christo De Beer for taking time to answer these questions. If you spot him at Oppikoppi 2013 Bewilderbeast give him a high five or at least buy him a shot. This was the second time that I’ve interviewed him – read the first interview here.
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