Tokyo, Japan



Behind the Music

Most of the earth is ocean, but few have a true concept of what happens in international waters. For me personally, I had heard much of Sea Shepherd’s activities in Japan but always felt it was a problem happening in a far off place. Reading Ian’s book made me realize Sea Shepherd’s (and many others) impact, extending far beyond just the ocean.

The level of insight and detail in The Outlaw Ocean was integral when creating my tracks for this music project. It’s difficult to convey the essence and complexity of a problem only through music and art. It often helps to have a pre-existing work like The Outlaw Ocean that unravels such issues, and which musicians can be inspired by to craft music that then draws attention to those same issues. One of my own songs, which was made from the perspective of a movie director, was created by imagining scenes in the book and the character’s emotions and contemplating what sounds would fit them best.


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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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