Blake Skowron

Chicago, USA



Behind the Music

When I think about The Outlaw Ocean, my mind immediately envisions an ungoverned territory rife with discord and plagued by issues such as whaling and illegal fishing. That’s primarily what I was expecting to read upon starting Ian’s book. I never thought abortion would be part of the story of the seas until I read ‘Adelaide’s Voyage.’ The stories of women utilizing the lawlessness of the ocean to get abortions because their home countries wouldn’t allow it especially resonated with me given that I believe women should have the choice of abortion.

As I continued to read Ian’s book, I felt influences from the book bleeding into the creation of my tracks. Just how ‘Adelaide’s Voyage’ broke from the expected, I wanted to take a different approach with my music by creating a sense of development with my songs. Starting off with a lighter note, I tried to make the mood shift with the sounds of each track to take the listener from one emotion to maybe a handful of them. Reading The Outlaw Ocean is a journey, and I wanted listeners to experience a voyage while listening to my record.

Blake Skowron
About Blake Skowron

Unlike most from his region, Blake Skowron is a young producer who has deviated from the foundations of electronic music solely created in Chicago — exploring sounds from all over the world and fusing them into states all his own.

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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