Berlin, Germany

Rainbow Warriors


Behind the Music

Our musical approach is generally quite happy and funny. We thought about adjusting our style for this project, since The Outlaw Ocean is quite dystopian, but we decided to take on the challenge of keeping our original approach, while finding humorous clips within Ian’s audio library to supplement the style. The hilarious conversations between sea captains, like the one with a Greenpeace ship called “Rainbow Warrior,” serve as a base for one of our tracks. It is so much fun integrating these conversations into our music. And ideally, listeners can more easily grasp a complicated theme when the song puts them in high spirits.

One of the chapters that really touches us is “The Lone Patrol,” which highlights the problem of overfishing, something our whole generation is responsible for. Illegal fishing plays a huge role in overfishing, sometimes harming whole fish populations. This chapter taught us that patrolling the waters can make a big difference.


The best proof of love is trust. This is not only true for relationships in life, but also for the creative arts. Whether in your own talents or in the well-meaning fate, trust paves the cheerful way to happiness. The Berlin based electronic duo, AKA AKA, prove that trust in your own personal work does not only disperse, but is also spelled with elements of courage, faith and strength of purpose. “Woody Woodpecker,” their debut release in 2009, stands out for its didgeridoo intermezzo and deep bass. It was featured as the third best track in the “minimal category” at the 2010 Beatport Music Awards. The track also reached No. 1 in the genre. Since then, the two have played hundreds of live DJ shows all over the world for which they received several No. 1 reader poll ratings in German music magazines.

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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