Octopus Recordings is one of techno’s leading labels for over a decade now with a consistent output ranging from minimalistic modern classic techno to out and out warehouse bangers, led by one of the genre’s most unique and prolific artists Sian. The Octopus presence in India has been growing stronger over the last few years with techno pioneer Arjun Vagale and the upcoming Shaun Moses releasing on the seminal imprint. 2021, brings another chapter, as Hyderabad’s Aardy , also the main man behind Hydrozoa Recordings, and Shaun Moses combine to drop their debut collab. We got in touch with them to get an insight to everything Octopus and how this unfolded.
When and how did your association with Octopus start? Why did you choose to have your debut collaboration release here?
Aardy : I have been closely associated with the label since 2013, and then been the A&R Coordinator since early 2018, so the choice was obvious. also I feel the tracks fit the current vibe of Octopus very well.6AM · Premiere: Aardy, Shaun Moses “They Don’t Know” (Robert S Remix) – Octopus Recordings
Shaun : I feel the labels forward thinking approach & not following any trends is what makes it stand out .
Aardy : The label has always been up there, ever since inception, and huge shout out to SIAN for building it the way it is. It is not an easy task to stay among the Top Ten selling Techno labels, with the amount of music coming out these days. Having said that, the Octopus has always moved forward and looked beyond what rocks the boat “today”, focusing on future style, yet staying morden in approach is what makes Octopus what it is.
Shaun : I’ve loved Robert’s stuff for a long time now . I support a lot of his music consistently at my gigs and his stuff always hits the nail on the head . Surprisingly enough Raj also loved his stuff and so it was a mutual decision to approach him to do the remix which he thankfully obliged in and nailed it to perfection.
Aardy : I have always been a fan of Robert’s productions. It was a coincidence when I heard the same from Shaun. To be honest, Robert loved the original the moment I sent him the track and was up for the remix and totally I love what his version sounds like.
Shaun : Yes for sure ! . I personally play a lot of intelligent stuff nowadays which I wouldn’t previously do and it’s amazing to see the crowd enjoy it and want more .
Aardy : Music is always evolving, irrespective of genres. There is a definite growth in audience when you compare the last decade or so. This is just the beginning, we have a long way to go.
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Shaun, Aardy : We’d like to see promoters & venues take risks, give local & National artists the exposure they deserve.
Had it not been for the pandemic , it would’ve already happened , but nevertheless we will aim to carry out last year’s plans this year .
Aardy, Shaun Moses – They dont know Ep is Out Now.