St. Petersburg, USA

Vigilante Injustice


Behind the Music

Obviously, there are issues and situations Ian investigated in the writing of The Outlaw Ocean that are completely unknown to most people. The book definitely had an effect on me, personally. Having spent much of my own teenage years living on a small sailing vessel - I had the youthful and fanciful notions of my ability to 'pull up anchor' and go literally anywhere. The reality is that the boundless possibilities, freedom and opportunities the sea represents are in contrast to the sheer lawlessness covering most of the planet, unbeknownst to almost everyone. I found this particularly compelling.

Both The Outlaw Ocean Music Project and the Mural Project are new ways for artists from across multiple disciplines to come together in a community, united in the purpose of amplifying the original work. My goal is to spread the knowledge of the book, using a genre of music not always associated with 'activism' or social awareness.

The subject matter investigated in The Outlaw Ocean are global in their impact, and largely unspoken. The issues the book illuminates are reflected throughout current events, such as the current suspension of fishing season(s) in Alaska due to both climate change and overfishing. As part of a music collective that has always been particularly involved in addressing political and social issues, my hope is that this music evokes the spirit and intent of the book, and will give listeners a gateway to further education (and perhaps subsequent action), where possible. 

About 3kStatic

Heavily influenced by the pioneers of industrial electronica, the music of 3kStatic has been described as anarchist disco – most notably for the project’s strict and continuing adherence to both the genre-clashing “cut and paste” sound creation and forward-facing political agitation of the Berlin Dada movement of the 1918-1920 Weimar Republic.

Substantial further influences include the Situationist / Letterist multi-media art of Guy Debord and the collaborations of William S. Burroughs and Byron Gysin.

Melding those esoteric influences with contemporary leftfield/IDM and post-industrial house 3kStatic has somewhat quixotically notched numerous Top 25 dance tracks and radio/club play worldwide.

The music of 3kStatic has been released on 19 labels worldwide since the 2003 debut LP “Perversion: For Profit.”

Winner of the 2021 Scripps Howard Award for Excellence in Innovation in Journalism

The Journalism behind the Music

All music in this project is based on The Outlaw Ocean, a New York Times Best-Selling book by Ian Urbina that chronicles lawlessness at sea around the world. This reporting touches on a diversity of abuses ranging from illegal and overfishing, arms trafficking at sea, human slavery, gun running, intentional dumping, murder of stowaways, thievery of ships and other topics.

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