All Good Funk Alliance

Springfield, USA

Fata Morgana


Behind the Music

My creative process began when I familiarized myself with Ian’s investigations and writing. I explored all the sounds he provided to see what caught my interest and what would work musically. I then tried to capture the mood.

Through participating in this project, I learned that there are so many ways of living and of making a living. All of us are trying to survive in one way or another. Some are motivated by nefarious reasons and some by benevolent ones. It all goes to show that life can be very complicated. What shocked me most about the stories in The Outlaw Ocean was the lengths to which people will go to survive or to make money. They do what they need to do. It’s literally a life or death situation in many instances and the lawlessness that prevails is like the wild, wild west. There’s no accountability. You’re on your own out there and this requires a sense of fearlessness.

I really love working on these kinds of projects that set parameters. I love working with the various parts and seeing what I can do with them. It’s much harder to start from scratch. With this kind of project, there are moods to incorporate, there are sounds provided and there’s a story. So, I’m really glad I was able to work on it. Thank you Ian and everyone else for letting me be a part of this!

All Good Funk Alliance
About All Good Funk Alliance

When it comes to All Good Funk Alliance, always expect the unexpected. Made up of Frank Cueto and Rusty Belicek, All Good Funk Alliance has opened up for the legendary James Brown, written songs for Coca-Cola and appeared on the Breakspoll Top 50 list. In other words, these guys are no strangers to the funk. And while their musical tastes range the gamut, they consistently deliver a sound that is funky, fun and fresh.

All Good Funk Alliance has long been lauded by critics and fans alike, and DJs looking to inject flavor into their sets invariably seek out that unmistakable AGFA sound. Their remix of big band legend Woody Herman's track, "Mambo Herd," was met with critical acclaim, and the boys recently signed a major remix deal to put their indelible, funk-infused spin on Kraak and Smaak's hit album, “Plastic People." When AGFA's release, "REC," dropped in 2007, “Properly Chilled” described it as "modern funk mixing the best of hip hop and funk lots of percussion breakdowns." Turntable Lab has also raved about the duo's sound, summing it up as: “continually hitting the head-nodding nape."

Since 1999, All Good Funk Alliance has released music on a host of labels, including its own heavyweights: Funk Weapons, Super Hi-Fi Recordings and Baffin Island Beat Brigade. Frank and Rusty have played at clubs and festivals around the globe—from Canada to Australia.

Recognized as influential pioneers of the Nu-Funk and mid-tempo breaks sounds, AGFA's innovation and originality has earned them universal respect across the breaks industry.

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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