For Dalston Superstore's first ever edition of Mancunian party institution High Hoops, we welcome enigmatic DJ and producer DJ Octopus. The self confessed 90s MTV addicted, vinyl supporter & Akai lover has been making waves with releases on Hot Haus Recs, Hypercolour and Chi Wax, and we can't wait to see what he has instore for the lazer basement! We caught up to find out what makes him tick.
Hi DJ Octopus! We can’t wait to have you play at High Hoops! We’ve noticed you’re quite the man of mystery online. Can you tell us a bit about yourself?
Hello fellas, first of all thanks for inviting me, I'm really glad about it! So, I’m a Venice-based DJ who started buying records more than twelve years ago. My first residency was in a club focused on underground house music called Flow in Padua in 2009. Almost everything started from there. I started producing music with my partner in crime Sagats (as Die Roh) after a workshop where Lucretio (from the Analogue Cops) showed us how to build the specific saturated machine sound that we are still loving. Nowadays, I share the studio with a crew composed of Steve Murphy, Sagats, Lucretio and Madi Grein in my hometown. The synergy between us is one of the most important things for me, as a DJ to have a constant view on what’s happening in the dance music scene and as producer to research gear and technical solutions that could make the difference.
How has your 2016 been so far?
2016 has been a great year for me, I had the occasion to travel a lot for DJing, meet new people and this is one of my biggest pleasures.
You’re described as 90s MTV addicted, vinyl supporter & Akai lover in your bio. What is it about nineties nostalgia that gets you?
When I was I kid I was totally fascinated by the MTV channel. I've never been a big fan of cartoons and I spent all my afternoon watching music videos, that’s why I can still remember the entire lyrics of the main pop hits from the nineties. If I can find the time I would love to present my passion for pop music in a project one day.
If you could chart your career back to one track that started it all, what would it be?
Somebody already asked me that - I tried but it’s impossible to answer!
What is the weirdest/best place you’ve ever played?
Small clubs are the best for me. So maybe for it's mazy appeal, one of my favourites is Wilde Renate in Berlin.
What are your favourite spots to go digging for tapes and vinyl gems in London and beyond?
Weirdest edit or remix in your record bag?
For sure a dubplate, Air – Sexy Boy (Steve Murphy Mix)
Favourite track of 2016?
Lucretio – Family Boy. Simple, effective outstanding sample.
Can you let us in on any plans you have in the pipeline?
I have a couple of releases that I am really proud of coming, one on Shall Not Fade and one on Hot Haus Recs. Plus I am working on a new label by me and Steve Murphy that will have a different taste from our previous work, something more minimalistic and experimental.
Can you give us a hint of what you have in store for us at High Hoops in five words or less?
Warm, powerful, old school, eclectic.
Catch DJ Octopus at High Hoops on Saturday 17 September from 9pm-3am at Dalston Superstore!