OCTOPUSS - Rock Funk Power Trio
OCTOPUSS are an Italian power trio of mind-blowing impact, with international relevance. The group's musical style, influenced by bands such as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Beatles, consists of rock with an emphasis on funk. The band, characterized since its debut by an energetic and steamy-hot performance on stage and its over the top live acts, is composed by Reepo (guitar and vocal), Garrincha (bass – founder of the Italian multiplatinum band “Le Vibrazioni”, and member of the Italian "Superband”) and Nick Turri, replacing the former drummer Luca Capasso.
Octopuss have a large experience in live performance: they are one of the few European independent bands which can count about a thousand of shows held in 3 continents, Europe, North America and Asia. They have performed at any array of venues and festivals all over Italy, plus tours in U.S. (playing at famous East Coast and West Coast music venues), U.K., Europe, and recently 10 outstanding tours in China, becoming the European band more significantly active and present in China, invited to perform at the most prestigious Asian Music Festivals in front of hundreds of thousand fans and at main Television Networks reaching over 70 millions viewers in the Big China, in addition to hundreds of performances at most famous livehouses all across the Chinese Country. The band has also opened for big international acts as Deep Purple and Scorpions and has received various awards and recognitions (among them, winner of the Jack Daniel’s Challenge for Rock TV as "Best Italian Rock Band" was invited to perform at the “Global Music Event” at Lynchburg, Tennessee, to represent the Italian rock scene in the U.S.).
Currently Octopuss are recognized as the European band that has played more shows in China during the last 6 years and they are actively busy promoting cooperation and cultural exchange between the European and the Chinese rock scenes. They have often been invited to collaborate with local rock icons, but also embassies and institutions, and they have been awarded by Beijing’s University of Science and Technology for their cultural exchange activities between Europe and China. Reepo, the band’s leadsinger, has also worked with the Chinese rockstar Xie Tianxiao - with whom the band has a strong artistic relationship result in many collaborations in China - on the recording of his last album ”那不是我”, playing as “guest guitarist” on some tracks of the record, which has brought the musician to win the “Asian Grammy” Golden Melody Award as “Best Chinese Rock Artist 2018”.
Octopuss have achieved, also, a world class production and top studio recording. Thank to the contacts collected with the hot performances held in California during their previous U.S. tours (which included shows at famous venues as The Viper Room and The Cat Club, in Hollywood), Octopuss have moved to Los Angeles and have been invited to legendary Shangri-La Studios, in Malibu, by Beej Chaney (singer/guitarist from “The Suburbs”, who was both impressed and fascinated with the Italian band's unique and “so tight!” sound) for the recording sessions of their highly anticipated new album “A Nut For A Jar of Tuna”. Shangri-La Studios definitely represent a milestone of Rock music’s history: converted to a recording studio to precise specifications of Bob Dylan and “The Band” in the 1970s, location of Martin Scorsese’s documentary “The Last Waltz”, this studio has a peerless list of artists recorded such as Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Mark Knopfler, Black Sabbath, Carlos Santana, ZZ Top, Metallica, U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muse, Lady Gaga, Eminem, Ed Sheeran, Adele, … and recently the Italian act “Jovanotti” with the production of currently studio’s owner Rick Rubin.
The album, produced and mixed with multiplatinum British producer Gary Miller (David Bowie, Simply Red, Slash & Fergie, Andrea Bocelli, Lionel Ritchie, Donna Summer, …), with the collaboration of Beej Chaney and Eric Lynn (sound engineer: Eminem's The Marshall Mathers LP 2's, Metallica's “St. Anger”, Ed Sheeran’s “Don’t”, ZZ Top’s “La Futura”, …), already released within Asian territories, is soon to be released in Western countries too.