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Part of the Honey Soundsystem takeover
JUST ANNOUNCED: Octo Octa will play at Oasis festival’s 5th edition in Morocco. Joining her will be a multitude of electronic music’s most prominent artists; from The Black Madonna, Avalon Emerson to Rødhåd and Paula Temple. Grab tickets here.
We featured Maya Bouldry-Morrison, better known by her stage name Octo Octa, last year in our sexual diversity feature. Since speaking with her last, she’s continued to be a leading figure in the LGBT community, inspiring others to be proud of who they are. This will be explicitly expressed, more than ever, through her music in the form of her forthcoming album on Honey Trax; the record arm of Honey Soundsystem. Her sophomore full- length, Where Are We Going?, intertwines autobiographical elements with four-to-the-floor house and techno tracks. It comes soon after an EP on Skylax as well as a remix contribution to Delicate Instrument’s EP Don’t Fear It.
Explained by the the artist; “Do you feel better?” — is the line Maya Bouldry-Morrison aka Octo Octa repeats like a mantra on the final track of her newest and second studio LP. “It was the question every single person asked me after coming out as transgender,” she told Honey Soundsystem. “Overall I do, but no, I don’t feel better at every moment, which is why the track slips out with a dour bass drone in addition to a beautiful pad. These days, both emotions are ever-present for me.”
This honesty, portrayed through her music, is why she is so respected. With such a talent translating the situations she’s experienced, and continues to experience, into such beautiful music, Octo Octa continues to captivate and inspire. This can also be said for her performances, playing at events most weekends. From Techno Queers in New York, the Honey crew in San Fransisco and you can also catch her at the end of the month at Dalston Superstore in London for Trans Day of Visibility.
In the build up to this next release, Honey Trax released an EP featuring three stand-out tracks from the full-bodied work. She’s also returned to Tracks Of The Day, the sixth artist on the Honey Soundsystem showcase, and we couldn’t be happier to welcome her back. Queer Underground Dance Music can mean many things to different people, and the following selection includes music that has either had countless spins on the dance floor at a Honey Soundsystem party or were touchstones of influence along her journey in music.