Tours, France



Behind the Music

The Outlaw Ocean is a must-read. I never would have known about the crimes and terror happening at sea had it not been for Ian’s reporting, which is a testament to how essential this kind of journalism is. This book paints a holistic picture of what the reality of the ocean is, from the crews on these ships to the poachers to the stowaways. No rock is left unturned.

Art possesses an ability to express the issues people face and bring words to life. You can see it in the effect of Picasso’s “Guernica” and John Lennon’s song, “Imagine.” With my tracks, I tried to replicate the dark atmosphere illustrated by some of the sources Ian spoke to, creating a musical ambiance that transports listeners to the scenes themselves. This book has already made such an impact, and I wanted my music to do the same — to touch people in a visceral way and enable them to understand a fraction of what might be felt when out on The Outlaw Ocean.


A real driving force behind the French scene, ATILI erases borders, breaks down barriers and genres and has established itself as a major producer of electronic music. With more than eight albums and dozens of singles and mixtapes to his credit, ATILI knows how to put his talent at the service of rap or reggae, thus counting many collaborations. No doubt more will come to expand the list, starting with the next album, already in preparation.

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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