brothel. & JV.

Fort Collins, USA

Warning Shots


Behind the Music

It is hard to pick a chapter or story that moved me the most. I was drawn into how Ian immersed himself into such a threatening environment so that he could show his readers how complex the issues of lawlessness on the high seas are. I can only imagine the truths he discovered about not only the situations he reported on but himself. As a traveling man, I can only assume that his voyages were both adventurous and humbling experiences. Upon reading The Outlaw Ocean, I felt a strong urge to bring the listeners as close to his point of view as possible through my music. 

brothel. & JV.
About brothel. & JV.

Based out of Denver, the emerging producer known as brothel. and JV. were producer and bassist for the world touring act I See Stars based out of Detroit. Their take on electronic music is innovating and genre-blending. 

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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