• 50+ Awesome Fanfics to Read for Vinyl and Octavia Day!

    I couldn't find a drawing of Vinyl reading, so have this instead. It's cute enough right?

    We have a ton of fanfics for you all to read! Sorted in order based on genre. Head on down below the break for an overwhelming amount of best music horses!

    Slice of Life

    Some Nights You Make It 
    by Cynewulf

    Vinyl lives a rough lifestyle, and it grates on more than just her health. When Octavia comes looking for her, Vinyl flees out of shame.

    Vinyl and Octavia: University Days 
    by DawnFade

    A refined mare fresh out of high school and a dropout following her dreams find themselves forced to spend a lot of time together. With the help of a meddling psychology tutor and their new classmates, can they find what they've been looking for?

    by JapaneseTeeth

    "I'm going to be famous!", "I'm going to be the next big thing!", "I'm going to be a superstar!" Octavia couldn't even count how many times she'd heard her roommate claim that she was headed for fame and fortune. But the worst part is, Vinyl might not be wrong. At least, not entirely.

    Running by 
    Wanderer D

    Expectations. Fame or infamy. Family. Friends. Work. They all define everypony in different measures. Sometimes the feeling is positive... and sometimes... sometimes it gets to be a bit much.

    "I'm great fun at parties, I swear!" 
    by Raugos

    Vinyl Scratch never expected to feel the need to say that in front of a crowd.

    Exit Through Canterlot 
    by TheBrianJ

    After the most important night of her career is ruined and its saboteurs not even so much as punished, Octavia's life changes. She begins to pursue a path that has never been seen before in Canterlot, where concertos and rhapsodies give way to controversy and rebellion. A path where symphonies are composed with cans of spray paint.

    The Things Tavi Says 
    by shortskirtsandexplosions

    My roommate's name is Octavia, or "Tavi" for short. She likes vintage red wine, soft pillows, and long walks on the beach. But, more than anything, she loves music. She loves it with a passion that radiates with every burning color of the spectrum. Each day I spend with her... or without her, I learn a little bit more about life, about the sick beat to which we all dance, whether we know it or not. I hope you don't mind if I say a few things about her. Just a few things. One can learn a lot from Tavi. After all, she saved my life.

    To Gladden The Hearts Of Mares 
    by Cynewulf

    Vinyl's all but dropped out, but somehow she manages to hang on to a passing grade. Most of her motivation has to do with a certain Octavia, her best friend (inexplicably) and the fact that it's the best place to hang out with her. Vinyl loves seeing her at school and chilling while they do homework, but sometimes she just wants to hang out on her own terms, you know? Do something that's not, well, kinda lame. Or something. PBR isn't lame, right? Well, it is, but Vinyl is destitute and the convenience store down the street sells them at a bit for a pint... All's good that starts good. She's pretty sure that's how that goes.

    To Be 
    by Nyronus

    Yo, the name's Vinyl Scratch, and all told, I've got it pretty good. I do what I love, I love what I do, and what I do is make music that gets ponies pumped. I mean, you've probably seen me around. Truth be told I'm kind of everywhere—from Canterlot to Manehatten—doing fashion shows, clubs, weddings, and at least two royal shindigs post-changeling invasion. Funny thing about that though...

    by Pascoite

    Partway through her morning practice routine—and routine it is—Octavia seems to have gained an audience. Well, if that mare wants to listen, she'll get a good show.

    Fine Tuning 
    by Tayman

    Octavia has been tuning her cello for way too long, and Lyra is getting sick of it.

    Movements of Fire and Shadow 
    by InquisitorM

    Much of Luna's life has returned to normal in the short years since she returned. It takes a pony very close to her to spot that something is haunting the princess again and that she's been sneaking off after nightfall for some time. When that pony has all the tact of a battleship, the only thing for certain is that things are about to get heated.

    Ode to Friendship 
    by Cloudy Skies

    Where the world was once her stage, the stage is now her world, and Octavia feels trapped. Will the appearance of a certain pink pony stop her descent, or will she get to mope in peace? Will Octavia get to eat her cucumber roll while she's at it? The answer to the last question is probably "no".

    Party. Sleep. Repeat. 
    by A Pony Farce

    Vinyl Scratch's attempt to introduce Princess Luna to Canterlot's nightlife after her 1001 year absence takes a turn for the worse thanks to stubborn DJs and old rivalries.

    Sketchy Salad Symphony 
    by Sketchy Sounds

    What's it like to live in Canterlot, home of the princesses, assorted renowned celebrities and sophisticated ponies? Well, it all comes down to who you are, really - and if you happen to be a fairly ordinary earth pony, you can get on with life quite easily with few distractions. But what happens when life plays you an interesting hand, and suddenly you're thrown into the spotlight? This is a tale of the everyday, and how it can turn from ordinary to extraordinary with a twist of chance. This is a tale of friends, of laughter, of love and of life. This is a tale of who we are, and how we got here. This... is Sketchy Salad Symphony.

    No Longer Lost 
    by KiroTalon

    It could have been just another night. Instead, Vinyl Scratch leaves a show to find herself suddenly presented with a chance to make a difference in the life of a filly no one else will look twice at. Now if only she can convince Octavia she's not making a huge mistake...as usual.

     by Terrasora

    The secret to getting through life is finding someone you can be yourself with.

    Vinyl and Octavia Eat Cereal and Nothing Happens 
    by Bootsy Slickmane

    Vinyl and Octavia sit down and eat some breakfast cereal. Nothing ensues.

    Feel the Music 
    by Rated Ponystar

    On her way to Canterlot High for her music club, Octavia meets Vinyl Scratch and is annoyed by the music blasting from her headphones. After getting yelled at, Vinyl responds by making odd gestures with her hands. It turns out, Vinyl Scratch is deaf, and she feels music instead of listening to it. Feeling ashamed, Octavia wishes to make it up to her, but is surprised by Vinyl's request.

    Back When We Knew Everything 
    by The Princess Rarity

    High school graduation is right around the corner -- and Vinyl and Octavia aren't ready to face the facts. So they talk about the future, and cherish their current time together.


    The Vinyl Scratch Tapes 
    by Corey_

    After the invention of radio, DJ-P0n3 (aka Vinyl Scratch) holds the first Equestrian talk show with her co-host Octavia. Octavia quickly finds out her superior is slightly eccentric, leading their broadcast to be constantly derailed, yet somehow remain popular. These episodes were recorded for historical significance and transcribed. These are the Vinyl Scratch Tapes.

    My Roommate Is A Vampire 
    by Dennis The Menace

    There was only one explanation. For all of it. All of the strange, erratic behavior. Her irrational fear of the sun. Her nocturnal habits of locking herself in in the dark and closing all the blinds. Wearing her sunglasses everywhere, even inside! It was time to invest in some silver, garlic, and a wooden stake.

    A Survey of the Work of Vinyl Scratch (Abbreviated)
    by Meta Four

    Vinyl Scratch, the mare behind DJ PON-3’s purple shades, is boldly exploring new frontiers of electronic dance music. Meanwhile, Spilt Ink, music critic for Sound on Sound magazine, is just as boldly exploring how far he can stick his head up his own rectum. Trace the trajectory of one mare’s career—and one stallion’s sanity—through this peek into the music world’s sordid underbelly: the album reviews.

    by Tigerhorse

    Octavia has a musical history and a side to herself she'd rather not have to explain outside of Ponyville. Inside Ponyville... well, everything was fine until she spotted Vinyl Scratch. What was she doing here? Don't panic, Octavia! Don't freak out, don't lose your mind, don't.... Oh well.

    The Way it Was Meant to be Played 
    by TheBandBrony

    Octavia wakes up one morning to find that she can’t play any of her instruments at all -- It’s almost like her cello wasn’t meant to be played with hooves in the first place! Together with Vinyl Scratch they must figure out what the hay is going on around here. Or maybe they’ll just end up breaking Octavia's cello.

    First Meeting 
    by Terrasora

    Octavia and Harmonia Philharmonica were on their way to Manehattan, ready to fulfill their duty as granddaughters and visit Nana. Vinyl Scratch and her brother Long Play were traveling back home from a concert in Canterlot, the first that Vinyl had ever attended. Pure serendipity facilitated these pairs' first meeting.

    by Terrasora

    Every pony in Equestria knows the names Octavia Philharmonica and Vinyl Scratch. Every musician in Equestria knows and reveres their talent and most semi-jokingly complain that Octavia and Vinyl's relationship should count as a monopoly on musical talent. Very few know their early story, years ago when Octavia had only just left Canterlot Conservatory and Vinyl was... well, being Vinyl.

    Mercy! Mercy! Mercy! 
    by AcreuBall

    Vinyl Scratch hadn't been expecting to see Octavia again. They'd had a fight—the kind of fight that an apology won't quite fix—and Tavy had left to go to school in Canterlot without another word spoken between them. Now, three years later, Octavia is back. But this isn't the aloof, introverted mare Vinyl had been best friends with, way back then—Tavy is different now. She's straightforward and down-to-earth, has given up cello to play the upright bass... and she smokes now? And what's with all this talk of jazz?

    Sonnets by Twilight 
    by MrNumbers

    "Twilight isn't exactly a social pony." Could win me the Understatement of the Year award. However, what most ponies don't know is that Octavia, a high-class socialite, isn't exactly much better herself, despite countless rumours about a liason between her and a certain DJ. Now, drawn back to the upper-classes that she tried so desperately to get away from, can Twilight Sparkle find solace, and companionship, from one of the very socialite ponies of her past that she is so desperate to escape?

    A Mile in Her Horseshoes 
    by Fire Gazer the Alchemist

    Apple Bloom really screwed up this time. Her newest Twilight Time project, a body switching potion, fell into the hooves of Ponyville's resident DJ. Now Vinyl and Octavia are stuck in each other's bodies with no way to change back. Looks like they'll have to learn to live like this for a while.

    The Day of the Million Billion Octavias 
    by Horse Voice

    Once, Octavia Melody had a Really Bad Day. She tried to fix this by spreading the Really Bad Day to the ponies who caused it. As it happened, the scene was set for the Really Bad Day to spread hither and yon, until everypony was having it. The history books called it "O-Day." The survivors knew it by another name. This is not a clopfic.


    Black And White 
    by Bluesparkks

    Shortly after her lyre is desecrated by magically altered parasprites, an irritated Lyra receives a package from a pony she hasn't heard from in years. And if the contents are anything to judge by, that pony misses her very much...

    by PaulAsaran

    One lonely night, Vinyl decides to use her old two-way radio to relieve the tedium. In doing so, she stumbles upon the voice of 'Adi,' who has a story so crazy Vinyl isn't willing to believe it. But Adi is desperate, so desperate that Vinyl knows something really is wrong. Can her words help Adi overcome whatever is really happening? Even if she can instill hope in this stranger, is hope worth anything against seemingly insurmountable odds? All Vinyl can do is sit before her radio and talk. Perhaps it will be enough.

    This Nearly Was Mine 
    by BillyColt

    Stoic. Calm. Unflappable. And above all, professional. These are attributes that the pianist Frederic Horseshoepin likes to pride himself on. But sometimes it's difficult to stay professional. Frederic finds it difficult to maintain a veneer of stoicism when he has to deal with his own feelings. What can he do when he's in love with a mare that he cannot hope to have?

    It’s Not Like I’m Deaf 
    by Arreis of Avalon

    Vinyl takes a walk after the wedding before returning home to her roommate, Octavia.

    Elegy of Emptiness 
    by Bad_Seed_72

    Vinyl Scratch knew from the day they met that she and Octavia would be friends forever. They were inseparable, indivisible, invincible. Nothing would change that, Octavia promised. Nothing. However, as time goes on, not all foalhood promises seem concrete. Time, after all, changes everything.

    The Strings that Make No Sound 
    by ChaoticHarmony

    When we lose all of what makes our world be special, how can we even bear to keep going in life? How does one even begin to start coping with such a thing? One cellist, called Octavia by those who knew her, does just this. She throws the cruel destiny that the harsh fates had bestowed upon her aside and stands proudly upon the stage of the world to play her instrument, her life, louder than any other. She plays on the strings that make no sound.

    Music and Madness 
    by TheBandBrony

    The conductor takes his bows, smiling with pointed teeth as he drives me to insanity.

    by NTSTS

    Octavia has always played the piano. From a young age, it was her mother's dearest wish that she would learn, and she couldn't let herself disappoint her mother. So she played the piano. But that isn't to say she wanted to. This is the story of her life, told by her. It's a story about music, family, and self-discovery.

    by Aqua Bolt

    Octavia and her childhood friend Allegro con Brio have grown distant ever since he moved away when they were thirteen. Now, caught in a dream, she must relive a series of scattered memories of him through the helpless eyes of an observer cursed with the gift of hindsight.

    by DawnFade

    Vinyl Scratch visits her father.

    by Pale Horse

    Octavia: Prodigy. Virtuoso. Artist. And, no matter how much she wants to deny it, Pie. I miss you. Please come home. I'll be waiting for you.

    Silencing Song 
    by Pen Stroke

    During an evening performance at a private manor, Octavia is shown one of the rarest and finest instruments known to Equestria, a Stellar Variance cello. Just being in the same room as one is a dream come true for Octavia, but then she is given the chance to play it. It is an opportunity Octavia can't pass up, no matter the consequences. Yet, the next morning Vinyl finds herself at the same private estate, searching for the friend and roommate who never came back.

    A Puppet to Her Fame 
    by Kaidan

    My unicorn parents called me a worthless mud pony. They pushed me every day to overcome my lowly status. When I woke up one morning with my cutie mark, I thought they would love me. I couldn’t have been farther from the truth. It was not destiny or enjoyment that led me to discover the cello and composing. My parents made that decision, deciding before I was born I would continue their family legacy of famous musicians. They did not realize what that decision would cost them.


    by Avensis Astari

    Octavia is a high-class pony. Fine alcohol is her wont, and uncouthness her intense chagrin. Such is her surprise to find herself lumbered with an insufferable oaf of a DJ pony. However, sometimes these situations work themselves into a satisfactory resolution all the same.

    Court Musician 
    by Pascoite

    Celestia's personal assistant, Pinwheel, wishes she could find a way to get the Princess to relax at the end of a stressful day. She's even found the perfect pony to help. Help Celestia, that is. Because it doesn't seem to help Pinwheel at all.

    Somepony Else's Story 
    by OtterMatt

    Vinyl Scratch walks into a bar. There is no punchline.

    Audio Therapy 
    by Bookish Delight

    Lemon Zest is under a dark cloud. Literally. Nothing's gone right for her friends today, and there's nothing she can do to help. Or so she thinks. Just when she's at her lowest, Canterlot High's premier DJ shows up at Crystal Prep to lend a hand, an ear, and the perfect song.

    Destination Unknown 
    by Pale Horse

    Two passengers on a train ride toward an uncertain future. One is a pony. The other only pretends to be.

    Flip a Coin and She Smiles 
    by Aragon

    Octavia's and Vinyl's life together. You think it's simple, and I'm going to prove you're wrong. So, heads or tails?

    Time Enough For Wub 
    by CoffeeMinion

    Star Swirl the Bearded has lost his memory. He's arrived in modern-day Manehattan on a mission of dire importance, but he can't remember any details—including his name. Vinyl Scratch has lost the pony she loved most. She moved away from Ponyville to bury her heartbreak under big beats and big-city bravado, but the memories remain. Time and memory collide as Vinyl and Star Swirl explore the mystery behind his mission, and discover how to make each other whole again.

    All the Stars in the Sky 
    by Lynked

    Every month, Octavia plays privately for Princess Luna as she paints the night sky. Each time, Octavia feels that familiar feeling, one she's rarely ever felt before. Now she has decided that it is time to announce these feelings. However, she has a secret, one she has kept for longer than she can remember. But surely the Princess of the Night would be able to understand her own creation, right?

    Claro de Luna 
    by James_Corck

    It's a shipping story between Princess Luna and cellist pony Octavia, touching the theme of mortality versus immortality. What would go through your heart when you can't age but you see your loved one aging before your eyes?

    I'll Sweep You Off Your Hooves 
    by Alexander-Crossover

    It's just like any other party in Canterlot, except this time Frederic is a guest rather than a member of the ensemble. With the evening to himself it may finally be his chance to confess his true feelings to the mare he has long held feelings for but if he can't work up the nerve he may miss out forever.

    The Gentle Nights: Audience of One 
    by PaulAsaran

    Octavia Melody is calm, patient and longing to break the boundaries of class through her career as a musician. Princess Luna is lost in the eddies of her past, struggling to belong in a new age that doesn't seem to want her. A chance meeting after a disastrous gala gives these isolated souls a chance to find companionship and comfort. As Luna seeks solace in Octavia's soothing music, Octavia comes to recognize the princess's loneliness and fears. When it's your duty to protect other ponies' dreams, who protects your own? Octavia might just be willing to try.

    by chillbook1

    Vinyl Scratch had been mute all her life. She's long since accepted that. It doesn't get in her way as much as one might think. But, when it comes to telling Octavia how she feels, there could be no greater obstacle.

    She Woke to Fur Elise 
    by 71NYL-5CR4TCH

    Vinyl Scratch is always up for a good party! But when she partys a bit too hard, even for her standards, she wakes up in a mysterious place with no memories of how she got there, and only the soft sound of Fur Elise to greet her listening ears.

    by 8_Bit

    Newly-together couple Vinyl Scratch and Octavia have just spent the night out on the town. Vinyl blasted their favourite nightclub with major wubbage while Octavia discovered a new drink at the bar. Now Vinyl has to escort home a marefriend more drunk than she's ever been, and in her intoxicated state, Octavia says just a little bit too much.

    Love is (Color)Blind 
    by VashTheStampede

    Vinyl Scratch and Octavia moved in together a few months ago, and have been together even longer. Be that as it may, Octavia has never seen her lover without her trademark glasses, and she can't help but wonder why.

    Vinyl and Octavia: Girl Friends 
    by Girls of Canterlot High

    Being a complete introvert, Octavia is very surprised when a strange looking girl in her music class calls her a peculiar nickname. Her name is Vinyl Scratch, and for some reason, she acts like Octavia is her best friend! Who in the world is this girl???

    See White 
    by AcreuBall

    Not only did the Canterlot Elite miss the point of Rarity's latest fashion line, but they had taken her artistic statement to be the complete opposite of what she had intended. With her friends in Ponyville for the duration of the Canterlot Fashion Week, Rarity finds herself alone in the city in the middle of an artistic crisis. The DJ that had been doing the music for Rarity's show extends a helping hoof to her, and provides Rarity with some emotional support—Vinyl Scratch style. Late-night drinking with Vinyl and her roommate, Octavia, ensues.

    Playing the Scales 
    by King of Beggars

    Spike needs to get out of Ponyville, and when an advertisement for an affordable travel package finds its way into his mailbox, he jumps at the chance. Little does he know that he isn't the only one who took the offer. What will come of his chance meeting with this beautiful mare? Friendship, or something more?

    Ç ® υ § Η Ξ Ð by shortskirtsandexplosions

    It's just another normal week of Vinyl Scratch attending school with the most beautiful creature on the the face of the earth.

    Now Available on Vinyl 
    by AmberRoss

    Octavia and Vinyl Scratch couldn't be happier together, but the cellist's friends can't seem to see why. When Octavia has an important meeting, will the mare that's stolen her heart seal the deal for better, or for worse?

    Melodious Desideratum 
    by Desideratium

    You are a quiet and introverted musician. You dislike showing off your talent (for music or magic) but the opportunity of a lifetime arises, and going against your character, you accept. But when a certain grey mare enters the picture, you realize that you've gotten into more than you bargained for.

    Once More, With Feeling 
    by Earl Grey

    Octavia is pointed in the direction of Carousel Boutique by a respected colleague. She intends to commision matching uniforms on behalf of her ensemble leader, the esteemed Frederic Horseshoepin. Octavia has misgivings however, when informed that the boutique in question is in Ponyville, a backwater farming town. Can the proprietor of Carousel Boutique prove to the Canterlot mare that she has what it takes?

    In Nomine Equi 
    by CanterlotGuardian

    The first time I saw her eyes, they struck a chord within my soul. One that I have never experienced before. It was like I was coming alive for the first time. But it was only a glimpse, and then she was gone. I am not going to let this go, though. I will discover who she is, why she is here... and why fate almost brought us together. My name is Octavia, and I will stop at nothing to find her.

    Concerto al Tramonto 
    by TheLastBrunnenG

    Twilight Sparkle loves concert season, and it's not because of the music.


    The Dancer by Yip

    Octavia's creativity pays off one day during a concert, where a special piece she adds as a finale brings out a new fan. But the fan appears out of nowhere, and no pony else seems to notice her but Octavia. And all she does is dance.

    Duet in the Folk Style by Pascoite

    Big McIntosh has a unique way of appreciating music, and Octavia certainly provides an experience. Octavia would love to get in touch with her earth pony roots, and Big McIntosh has the deepest roots around. They could learn so much from each other about why they do what they do, and they just might gain some insight into their own simple gifts in the process.

    You Cannot Give Up Again 
    by Selbi

    About to let go of all her dreams of the future, Octavia is salvaged by a memory and the only pony who could save her.

    Vinyl's Heritage 
    by DemonBrightSpirit

    Octavia and Vinyl have been dating for months, but neither has had a chance to introduce their significant other to their families. Vinyl always dodges the issue, but when Octavia is insistent, they have a fight. This leaves Vinyl with no other option than to have Octavia over to meet her parents. Maybe she should have told Octavia who she really was?

    Forbidden Melodies 
    by Regocomics

    Octavia Melody's love of music has revolved around a single influential and prestigious work of art, the song May Our Sun Shine Forever. Since she was a filly, what has been the Equestrian national anthem for generations has continually inspired Octavia to perform, shaping her into the promising cellist she is today. Though the completed original was lost to the passage of time, the remnants of the final masterpiece composed by the Grand Maestro Glissando has been the cornerstone of not only Octavia's career, but modern music theory in Equestria. When the tattered remains of an ancient songbook possibly containing the original song in its entirety is found, the Equestrian Society for the Performing Arts and Princess Luna begin planning a concert series to celebrate the work's eventual restoration. However, their meeting screeches to a halt once Princess Celestia vehemently forbids anypony from playing the original in the concert and demands its restoration to cease immediately. Octavia Melody finds herself at a loss, wondering why the princess of the sun would silence such a beautiful song meant to bring light to the world.


    Mission: Implausible 
    by JohnPerry

    One is a cellist playing at Canterlot's most elite parties. The other is a DJ-for-hire looking to make the big time. Both are secret agents. And together they'll team up to take down a powerful baked goods cartel.

    Vinyl and Octavia Machete Their Way Through the Jungle 
    by DoctorSpectrum

    Vinyl Scratch and Octavia are on holiday when they are separated from their tour group, and get lost in the jungle. Hope you survive the experience, ladies!

    The Life and Death of a DJ 
    by Syn3rgy

    "My life has run its course; I've planted my hooves firmly on the ground and ridden the ups and downs to my greatest potential. I've loved, I've hated, I've cried, I've laughed... but most importantly, I've overcome." A simple life, floating on the wind. Brace down and buckle up as you are taken along on the wicked rollercoaster ride that is Vinyl's life. Stand beside her as she first learns of her talents as a musician. Hold her hoof as she braves whatever life throws at her while buskering on the streets of Manehatten. Cry with her as she faces old fears and overcomes new ones. Cheer and revel in her marriage and success. Laugh wholeheartedly at her comedic small mistakes and happenstances. Most importantly however, understand the rocky and twisted road that shaped the DJ we have all come to know and love.

    The Perfect Little Village Of Ponyville 
    by McPoodle

    Vinyl Scratch wakes up to find herself the personal student of Princess Celestia, sent to the obscure village of Ponyville to oversee preparations for the millennial Summer Sun Celebration. Vinyl can only imagine two possible explanations for what has happened: she has tumbled into an alternate universe where she's Twilight Sparkle, or, after everypony telling her she'd do it eventually, she's finally gone and lost her mind.

    And thanks to Whisper Key for the compilation!