Monthly Archives: June 2016

Artist of the Week: Octopus Recordings Founding Father Sian

It’s been some time since I’ve stumbled across an artist so unique that I was curious to dive deeper into the method behind the madness. This time around it is Dublin-born, Spanish-raised, Los Angeles-transplant SIAN who infuses his broad range of personal interests into each piece of music he creates, and does so seemingly effortlessly.
His interests? Quite fascinating. They range from entomology, cosmology and marine biology, to the social impact of the rave generation and those influences can be seen in each of his original tracks  — more about that last bit in our exclusive interview 😉
A master of modern, classic techno, Sian is a man wearing many hats these days. With releases of his own and a record label, Octopus Recordings – among the top 5 labels of the  in the world in its genre – and  touring like a madman, it’s safe to say Sian is on the fast-track to having a blockbuster year.
We sat down with Octopus Recordings founder  SIAN just ahead of his epic house and techno showcase at Exchange LA this Saturday to pick his brain on a few topics — Enjoy!
‘Out Is In’ came out fairly recently. I’ve read in past articles that you aim to title tracks in a manner that hint the inspiration behind the track, or the creative process. Is this one of those instances? If so, can you share the story behind ‘Out Is In’?
Indeed, this track is built around that big, freaky vocal.It mirrors the production in the way that it goes round and round, gets weird, loops back on itself and eventually makes sense! Also the way the vocal is processed, lots of strange frequencies and phasor effects, kind of feels creepy and a little surreal, like many of todays news headlines!
What criteria do you use when considering an artist for your label, Octopus Recordings? Describe a striking moment in scouting new talent – perhaps a time where you found yourself completely and unexpectedly blown away?
For me it´s all about dedication to one idea, sticking with your crew and living it, 100%. There are so many talented artists out there, but the sweat and blood needed is key for us.The amount of hassle, bullshit, stress, drama and failure in every artists career, can only be handled by someone who really really wants to make it.I have seen so many people drop out fast, due to things not going their way immediately.The times i have seen this spirit in people early on, I instantly wanted to sign them to our roster.
Being born in Dublin, raised in Spain and now based in Los Angeles – three very different areas of the world – what kind of similarities do you find among the dance cultures of the three locations?
It seems like wherever you go in the world, a lot of smart young, (usually good looking) people gather around the electronic music scene, it sounds naive to say it unites people of similar demographic,but it kinda does.We often remark on how in any City i play or live in,we see a lot of striking similarities, the way people dress, dance or play—it´s super connected somehow.
What is the best part about curating a showcase such as your upcoming one at Exchange LA this weekend? The most challenging?
The best part is being able to show off what we do and bring in artists that we genuinely want to hear,we are taking over the whole lineup, so it´s purely our vibe! The challenge is always about making it perfect and going off without a hitch,the lights,sound and vibe at our shows requires a lot of attention,and we really put so much into every party.
Much of your inspiration and unique style of production is attributed to interests ranging from entomology, cosmology and marine biology, to the social impact of the rave generation, however is there a person in particular that you’ve also drawn inspiration from in establishing your career?
I´m really into Cinema,i try to look up to directors like Ridley Scott or Nicolas Winding Refn for both career and artistic inspiration,i love their futurist and forward thinking aesthetic, and also how their success was won with time, and perseverance.
Speaking of the social impact of the rave generation…would you like to elaborate on this a bit more for fans? 
I think this music throws us all together and smashes down a lot of walls : gender, politics, religion, social class, etc.For example,growing up part time in Ireland we saw how people on all sides of borders,sexual orientation or income got down together, within a strictly Catholic country.
Summer is proving to be a busy season for you! What are you looking forward to most this summer? 
Yes! It´s great to see our hard work moving things along,i have some important shows like Mexico City,LA,New York,Chicago,Miami,Bogota etc.I am super stoked to get on the road and showcase what´s coming on the label and my own release schedule!
When the madness dies down later this year, what are you looking forward to most?
I am thinking around October or November i might try take a week off and go scuba diving in Oahu or Maui, but i say that every year,and the madness never ends.
Many thanks to Sian! 


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#FreeTheNipple at Enchanted Forest Gathering

Yes, you read that correctly. #FreeTheNipple, a movement championing freedom of expression for all by proclaiming women should have the same rights as men when it comes to walking around topless, has been sweeping the nation by storm and now, infiltrated the festival circuit as well.

While the majority (if not all?) festivals implement some sort of no nudity rule, NorCal’s Enchanted Forest Gathering does things just a little bit differently. Deep in the heart of Northern California out at Black Oak Ranch an intimate festival with a grand scheme.

Enchanted Forest Gathering’s mission has been to nourish and activate personal growth within its participants, inspire collective sharing and redefine conscious celebration. To that end, they have continued to build upon a safe and alcohol-free environment which serves as fertile ground for a new kind of festival experience and a container for an experimental way of life. This experiment inspires attendees to find deeper, more meaningful stimulation free of alcohol, setting a remarkably different tone for a gathering and encouraging new kinds of expression.

So bust out those nips and get ready to twerk your buns off  as Enchanted Forest Gathering gears up to celebrate its sixth year! 

The 2016 music lineup features over 70 internationally-acclaimed live and electronic musical acts, including headliners Shpongle, The Polish Ambassador,Ayla NereoHamsa LilaPANTyRAiDMinnesota, Fana Fi AllahAutografLila Rose, and Thriftworks. In additional to the stellar music, the festival offers a movement festival within a festival with over 50 movement classes for flow artists, yogis, and dancers such as the holistic Twerkshop, Yoga of Bass, Soul Moves and Intuitive Contact, coupled with over 60 educational workshops covering subjects around sexuality, science, spirituality, ancestral arts, wellness, nutrition and nourishment.

Full lineup for Enchanted Forest Gathering below!

For a glimpse at what makes Enchanted Forest Gathering a unique experience, watch the 2016 Official VideoDance With Us

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Full Music lineup:

River Stage: Autograf, Andreilien, Reid Speed, Soohan, Drrtywulvz, Champagne Drip, Eurythmy, Saqi, Morillo, Psy Fi, Dragonfly, Irieyes, Brian Hartmann, Sharu, Manoj, Subducto, Quilici, Genji, Origin

The Hearth Stage (Live): Ayla Nereo, Hamsa Lila, Fanna Fi Allah (2 sets), Lila Rose, Youssoupha Sidibe, Suzanne Sterling, Matthew Human and Friends, eO & Kyrstn Pixton, Cello Joe, AmaeLOVESLife, Freedom, Whiskerman, Masha Campagne, Christopher Worth, The Abe Train, Randy Todd, Elijah Ray, Shawn Barry, Marya Stark, Mama Crow, Maesyn, Cheraki, Buddhabee, Sweet Medicine

Mighty Oak: Shpongle, The Polish Ambassador, PANTyRAiD, Minnesota, Thriftworks, Bluetech, Stélouse, CloZee, Love and Light, Nominus, KRNE, Atyya, Living Light, Shamanic Technology, Sixis, Devin Kroes, Haana, Neptune

Mighty Oak Silent Disco: Nasja, Acacia Beats, YoHm, Soules, Syrius, Taotempo, more TBA

Shower Party Stage: Artists TBA