Sitting down with EU creative director Ross Westland, Octavian went on to discuss what it was like growing in France, how he got his Octavian moniker, and how the Essie gang formed, amongst other topics. Check out some excerpts from the interview and Octavian’s Boys of Tomorrow Vol. 4 episode below.
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On how he got into music:
I got into music when I was like 14, but I didn’t rap, I used to play instruments like piano and shit like that. I started rapping when I was like 16. I took it seriously at 18 and then it popped off at about 21.
On his name:
Octavian’s my real name too – my birth name.
How was Essie gang was formed:
Essie Gang basically used to be called SE, it stood for SE Gang – South East Gang. But because there were more and more people from North and West we just changed it into Essie Gang. It’s just a group of friends, it started out pretty much like family, and now it’s more like a collective of people who do their own work; other rappers & producers.