The Volt per Octaves were born in Santa Barbara, California in 2004. Consisting of the husband and wife team Nick and Anna Montoya, the duo set out to bring Moog synthesizers back into the spotlight. In a day and age where multi-gigabyte samplers and laptop computers rule the electronic music scene, The VPOs are adamant about performing their original electronic music sans any CPUs.
With the intention of at most playing a few local gigs in Santa Barbara, The Volt per Octaves have taken their Moog music a bit further than that. In May 2005, the band got the chance to open up the official "MoogFest" that is held annually at BB Kings Blues Club in the heart of NYC's Time Square. This great experience led to an endorsement with Moog Music Inc, in which the band represented the company at the 2006,2007, and 2008 National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) convention. They are also featured artists @ Moog Music.com. In January 2006, an interview with the band was featured in the nations leading synthesizer and music technology publication Keyboard Magazine (Jan '06). Just one year later, Keyboard Magazine asked Nick to become a contributing writer.
The couple released their debut album "Sleeping In" which was recorded in Humboldt county in August 2006. The relaxing nature of the ancient redwood forest served as a perfect breeding ground for such a mellow, Mooged out record. The album also features a remix by platinum award winning producer Anthony J. Resta ( Duran Duran, Elton John, Missing Persons).
The VPOs just released their sophomore effort "Moogsaic" , which features collaborations with synth masters Roger Manning Jr. (of Beck, Air, Moog Cookbook) and Ross "Rossangeles" Harris (of Dj Me Dj You, Sukia). As well as a collaboration with fellow Santa Barbarian "Bizzarro Lord Zool". And most importantly, a cameo by their daughter Eva, on Melodica and whistling!
The Volt per Octaves are currently working on a third studio album featuring collaborations with Brian Kehew (Moog Cookbook, Air, The Who) on Mellotron, Justin Meldal-Johnsen (Bass Player extraordinaire and musical director for Beck) on Bass and the "Wizard of Woo" Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads). The album will be released winter '08. At the same time the family of Moogers will release their "Remixes and Rarities" album featuring a great number of VPO remixes, covers and O.G VPO material.