The Volt Per Octaves

The Volt Per Octaves


Whether performing as a duo or with an explosive backing band, the husband and wife team "The Volt Per Octaves" are sure to excite the crowd with their own brand of Synth-Rock, based on the legendary "MOOG" synth sound.


In a quiet region of California's central coast, the husband and wife duo "The Volt per Octaves" have certaintly made a dent in their dream.The dream of bringing Moog synth to the masses has fueled a long strange journey for the young couple. Anna and Nick Montoya have turned the clocks back on the digital revolution to join the great analog revival. In doing so they have created a hearty following of hip youth that gather frequently in Santa Barbara, California's (far removed from L.A, but still too close) bar and night club scene.

Nick and Anna met in 1997 at age 14. Three months into their freshman year of high school they found out they were to become parents. Knowing that such an event could bind them together forever they decided to follow through with young parenthood. Fast forward to eight years later, their six year old daughter Eva is the only known first grader that can play "Popcorn" on the Minimoog synthesizer while attenuating the filter cutoff with serious know how.

Anna's musical background stems from her parents love of music. She grew up on a farm in a tiny town call Standish, in north-eastern California. Her mother taught her piano, while her fathers superb drumming gave her the rhythym to keep it all together. As well as being influenced by the music her older brothers were listening to in high school. Bands like Bauhaus, Aphex Twin, Skinny Puppy and Portishead gave her a new perspective on music. Anna started performing with her father's band at the ripe old age of ten. In high school, between juggling parenthood and homework, she found time to front her brothers rock band "Fluid 9" and with amazing crowd control! With the audience mesmerized by her voice, smile and blue vinyl pants Anna decided persuing music could be benficial to her life force.

Nick however comes from somewhat a musician-less family and had to put the pieces of his musical life together in other ways. He grew up in Pasadena California, a suburb of Los Angeles. His father listened strictly to classical music, while his mother on the other hand loved music of the 60's and 70's. His earliest musical memories are of musicians ranging from Steve Winwood to Stevie Wonder to Bach. But with the influence of his older sisters, he started listening to bands like "Primus" and "The Red Hot Chilli Peppers" as early as age eight.He started his first band,"Putrid Existence" when he was eleven and produced their first two albums on a karaeoke machine by age twelve. He recalls that his love for the Moog synth started by hearing "so much of Los Angeles' pop radio stations in the 80's" and " listening to my mom's albums". In 2003 Nick professed his love for the Moog to the world by getting the company's logo tattooed on his arm.

Since starting The Volt Per Octaves, with the intention of at most playing a few local gigs,
the band has taken it a bit farther than that. In May 2005, they won the right to play their Moog music
at the 2005 Moogfest that is held annually at BB King's Blues Club in the heart of New York City's
Time Square. Upon returning home, the band was contacted by Keyboard Magazine and have recently been interviewed by contributing editor Steve Fortner for a feature due out by late 2005 or early 2006. Getting press of this caliber is a challenge for bands with high paying recording contracts, but this unsigned partnership of life and music has seemed to pull it off.


88MPH EP - 2005- Putrid Records

Set List

Mausoleum Melody *

Flembo of the Opera *

88 MPH *

Radioactivity (Kraftwerk Cover)

Thetainduced *

Piano Drop (Ross Harris Cover)

Eleven, 12 ( Sesame Street - Segway Tune circa.'79)

* - Original Material


We can arrange sets ranging from 25 mins to 2.5 Hours. Sets with Band tend to run longer (than a simple duo set) due to
the jam band aspect of the musical pieces. The set above would last approx. 60 mins (w/ band), 45 mins (as duo).

This is an average length set. We can however play shorter or for up to 2 hours.