Octex biography

Jernej Marusic aka Octex is one of most profiled and internationally established Slovenian electronic artists, operating somewhere in between club and avant-garde, exploring the boundaries of dub aesthetics and sub bass frequencies, placed in variable rhythmical time frames.

Already, after the first release, on compilation Elektrotehnika Slavenika (NSK/Wire, 2000), his music got noticed by the late, great John Peel. His debut album Idei Lahesna (Tehnka, 2002) is regarded by many as one of the best dub-techno albums, for which he received Slovenian Bumerang awward for up comer of 2003, and two years in a row placed amongst 10 finalists of Radio France International Electronic Music Award. Video for the track Emergon got airplay on MTV, VIVA, Onyx TV… Withe the release of his second album Variations (rx-tx, 2005), he showed his desire to get away from established musical trends and push the sound further, deeper and more experimental. He continues in that direction on Every Sound Tells a Story (rx-tx, 2009). In 2012 french label Entropy Records released Dead Center of Nowhere, an ambient sequel to Idei Lahesna, recorded some 10 years ago, but till then never released.
Besides that he has released music on numerous labels (Mute, EFA, STHLM, Public Records…) and remixed artists such as Laibach, Marko Furstenberg, Gabriel Le Mar, Ultra Red…
This year he released debute Streeteepy of his new sideproject Pavemental, which focuses on his unique take on urban hip hop beats.

In the meantime he is busy performing his audio/visual live set at festivals and clubs all around Europe, such as ARS Electronica (Linz), Club Transmediale (Berlin), ISEA (Helsinki), Dis-patch (Belgrade) Exit (Novi Sad) White Night (Riga), Flussi (Avellino) ...

In last years he also became interested in improvised music, doing solo improv sessions centered around modular synthesizer, or peroforming with other musicians ...