Abstrakt Sonance

Salmon Arm, Canada

Guardians from the Depths


Behind the Music

As soon as I got involved with The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, I started writing down all the ideas that came to my mind on a piece of paper. After only a few nights of reading Ian’s book and watching the reporting videos, everything started to shape together and I constructed a whole storyboard that inspired these three songs. Through these tracks, I wanted to construct a journey through The Outlaw Ocean. It starts off with setting sail into the unknown sea — you know there’s peril ahead but you also have a glimpse of hope and courage. The second song is meant to convey what happens when you actually run into those perils, and how to overcome these obstacles. The last song is meant to be the crew heading back to port, feeling accomplished and that their journey was successful, but knowing there’s still an endless fight ahead of them. 

Working on this project truly changed my perspective of the ocean. I’ve always known it was a dangerous place, but reading some of the horrors that happen at sea truly shocked me. It’s hard to believe much of this stuff still happens today, and it’s important to bring it to light. Consuming all the elements of The Outlaw Ocean Project has been incredibly moving, and it’s remarkable to see how this team is doing something to make a difference. I feel very grateful to play a small role in it. 

Abstrakt Sonance
About Abstrakt Sonance

A sound design enthusiast, Abstrakt Sonance is a passionate and boundary-pushing producer. He has pushed the sound system culture in Canada for over 10 years, from running his own nights, labels, and now traveling the globe. He tours four continents consistently with ever-evolving sets that are never even close to the same. With an array of raw energy and emotion, he manages to express deep emotion in his tunes while still delivering raw and powerful bass lines that have been moving dance floors throughout the globe. The impact of Abstrakt Sonance's music has grown exponentially, and his tracks can be found in the crates of underground selectors and international headliners alike. Pushing boundaries of sound design while maintaining a raw subwoofer focus sound, his productions have been influencing the scene worldwide.

Abstrakt has managed to retain his individuality while gaining support from artists throughout the bass music spectrum. His unique and powerful sound has captivated listeners everywhere and receives regular spins on BBC Radio1, 1xtra, and Rinse FM. Drawing from a catalog of exclusive dubplates from massive producers across the scene, he not only delivers massive anthems, but also obscure and rare heaters. With a powerful and energetic stage presence, and seamless multi-deck mixing, Abstrakt Sonance's sets are a one-of-a-kind, unforgettable, experience and are not to be missed.

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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