The Face interviews Octo Octa

From the moment Octo Octa places a vinyl on a slip­mat, she’s mov­ing, danc­ing from record box to mix­er to decks while pump­ing out slam­ming, feel-good club music. An Octo Octa set is an oppor­tu­ni­ty to cre­ate sweat-drenched ecsta­sy shared by both DJ and dance­floor, and her pro­duc­tions cap­ture this feeling.

From the mes­sages of love, togeth­er­ness and sur­vival that charge her sets, to her sig­na­ture deep and dreamy pro­duc­tions, elec­tron­ic music has long been a lan­guage for Octo Octa, aka Maya Bouldry-Mor­ri­son. Her discog­ra­phy invites you into inti­mate chap­ters of her biog­ra­phy; Between Two Selves, her 2013 debut album for the left­field dance label 100% Silk, explored the ten­sion caused by dis­placed iden­ti­ty. And Where Are We Going?, released four years lat­er on San Fran queer col­lec­tive Hon­ey Soundsystem’s imprint, sees her pro­cess­ing life post-tran­si­tion, work­ing through the gulf this ques­tion posed.

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