Self confessed 90s MTV addict and one half of Die Roh alongside Sagats, DJ Octopus aka Marco Zain, is one of a number of producers and DJs based in and around Venice that explore the outer fringes of House and Techno. Alongside the likes of Steve Murphy, Lucretio and Raw MT – who featured on Hyp 222 – DJ Octopus is a member of the Riviera project that showcases talent based around the muddy banks of the Brenta river in the Veneto region in northern Italy. The group has issued a number of releases on Muscle Records – an imprint they set up to the explore the dirtier side of dance music, with all tracks having been recorded to tape.
Having recently released the ‘Untitled’ EP on DJ Haus’s always-on-point UTTU, on Hyp 225 DJ Octopus further traverses clammy House, with tracks such as ‘A Day At The Lake With Carlos’ from the ‘Circling’ EP (also released on UTTU), 90s classics like ‘The Choice’ by Chicago duo Chez N Trent and range of yet to be announced tracks. One element that is noticeable throughout is Zain’s affinity for the more raw and heavily saturated aspects of dancefloor cuts, demonstrated by the frantic vocal chops on ‘Movida’ by collaborator Steve Murphy.