Manchester raised, Oxford based Octavia Freud frontman Martin Andrews makes solo lo-fi space pop music with a personal and political edge.
Martin uses a roland VT-3 to create his vocal alter ego and merges it with cut up beats, stabs of sub bass and guitar riffs to form a dark futuristic dystopia. A sound which will appeal to both the retro music heads and romantic hearts.
Martin has previously performed in numerous other live electronic acts on bass, guitar and vocal duties with shows at the ICA, Flèche Dor in Paris and Isle of Wight's Bestival festival. He has previously performed live on XFM and recorded vocals for electronic producer IDC, with the track 'Modern Touch' earning single of the month in Mixmag magazine and the high praise of S'Express Mark Moore. Martin's tracks have previously been selected by Andrew Weatherall for his DJ sessions, appeared alongside Goldfrapp on the influential 'Robopop' electro compilations and been remixed at Death in Vegas' Contino Rooms.
Martin has also championed emerging live electronic music, having spent several years promoting London's Heavenly Social's 'Neural Ohmlette' live club nights and set up the monthly Basement and Yard sessions at Modern Art Oxford contemporary art space.
As for the future, it is now time for Octavia Freud's music to shine. Octavia Freud is ready to become your new favourite band.
When asked to describe his latest project, Martin explained...
"Octavia Freud is my alter ego for when I want to make strange lo-fi electronic music. I use a voice FX to pitch shift my voice. This frees me up to explore feelings that may have been around for a while or have yet to form. Words then tend to focus on themes of identity and freedom. Some of these draw on my family background and developing slightly different values around the roles men play and how this impacts on gender. Recording as Octavia Freud gives me the distance to process some of these experiences so I guess there is a level of authenticity there."
"It also gives me a space to be creative with other people's lives and experiences that I can put into the songs in order to share their voices. I spent some time working with families and young parents who felt unheard and voiceless so some of the songs incorporate their experiences. Having an alter ego enables me to absorb other people's stories into a new persona."
"The early demos were produced using just a Boss RC50 looper pedal, live bass, guitars and old synths. I wanted to get back to basics and get a feel for creating something new and raw. Recording the album is a way to bring all these ideas together in one place and see if it comes together as a whole piece. I am currently putting together a live set for gigs, developing some visual ideas and exploring collaborations so I can start to play the songs out. I don't really know what response the album and live shows will get but i am enjoying the writing process and experimenting as Octavia Freud and the world it creates."