TOTD // 18/03 // Octo Octa

Published: March 18, 2017, words by Oli Katz

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.

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Le Tigre

Deceptacon (DFA Mix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Bands like Le Tigre and Gravy Train!!!! were extremely important as the queer soundtrack that I shared with a few friends and my long time partner during high school. It was a window into a world that we didn’t really feel like we had access to in New Hampshire. My partner got to see both of them in Boston at the Avalon which is right across from Fenway Park. The show was during game seven of the Red Sox’s first world series. I didn’t get to go because my friend’s parent, whose car we were borrowing, refused to let us drive into the middle of the madness.”
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Nathan Haines

Earth Is The Place (Restless Soul Peaktime Mix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

““Cause I’m A Woman!” – Not too long after coming out my friend Brian, DJ Wey, showed up at one of the shows I was DJing and gave me this record as a present. This may have been one of the sweetest things anyone has ever given me. It speaks so directly to me as cheesy as that may sound. I still play this consistently as the last record of my set and I always love the people that connect with it and ask me about it afterwards. Love, love, love it! ”
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Karen Pollack

You Can't Touch Me (Murk Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The first and only time I played shows in Australia I went with Bobby Browser and Magic Touch. I was doing all live gigs except one in which I was going to have to DJ publicly for the first time. I was terrified and I also didn’t have any records with me so I went on a download spree via Soulseek so that I could burn a handful of CDs. On the trip Dre and Damon turned me onto a ton of Murk recordings. This was one of the tracks I played that night and let’s just say the fall out was very fun :)”
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Bigger Than Life

High And Mighty

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I play a lot of records that have lyrical content and there’s typically a reason I pick those records. High and Mighty is very much one of those records: “I know that I can be anything I want to be The only thing I have to do is believe in me Can’t you see; I’m feeling very special about me Got a whole lot of dignity””

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