We are very excited to welcome one of our favourite labels to NOYZ for our first label spotlight. Octopus Recordings has gone from strength to strength in 2012 after being spearheaded by its label boss and much respected producer in his own right, Sian.
Sian is currently on an extensive tour of the U.S and Australia and he kindly took the time out to take part in this interview.
Hey Sian, we at NOYZ are huge fans of your music and the music you put out on Octopus, Thanks very much for taking the time out to do a label spotlight for us!
No problem. Thanks for inviting me!
1. You launched Octopus Records in 2007. What made you want to start the label and how did you come up with the name?
Well originally it was just a small limited edition label, releases once every 6 months or less, and 2 years ago I took it over and began seriously focusing on regular releases. As with most interesting labels, it was created to be a home for music that didn’t fit anywhere else, we were making dark, clubby, big room or peak time tracks that had unusual production techniques and a similar vibe, so I felt a platform to launch this type of sound, with its special look and feel, was essential. The name is basically a symbol of adventure for me, seeing these nimble amazing animals in the wild in the Mediterranean as a kid, and being stunned by their almost supernatural powers and behaviour, the word fits perfectly.
2. The first release on Octopus was an original E.P by yourself titled Flood E.P and it featured a fantastic remix by the mighty Gui Borrato. A very impressive remixer for your first release! How did that come about?
Yes it was very generous and typical of Gui, he is a genuine music lover and just liked the track a lot. We had met and talked a lot,and his attitude and knowledge made him number one choice to launch the label, that gave us a nice start. Also it was just before he really blew up, which is something I always try to do, spot new talent rising.
3. How would you explain the musical direction of Octopus and how has it evolved since the label began?
It’s always been about specific sounding tracks, ranging from dubbier and chugging tracks right up to full force slammers. This has evolved into a more precise vision of club sounding stuff. It’s all about what I play in clubs actually, within my spectrum of taste, a true mystery ride!! Any track that hits me hard and makes me think of an atmosphere will get my interest. If you look back at our catalogue I guess you can see these are all tracks aimed right at the dance floor.