Behind the Music
When crafting my tracks for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, I decided to utilize field sounds of maids singing as a way to highlight the feminine spirit of The Outlaw Ocean, found in chapters like “Adelaide’s Voyage.” This chapter reminded me that we are only able to weather any storm when we band together to support those that cannot stand on their own. As I read the suspenseful sprint from the dock through the storm, I knew that this chapter and its characters would be the subject of my first song.
To me, The Outlaw Ocean and Ian’s reporting tear away the veil of ignorance that many of us have towards the harsh realities that don’t directly impact us. While we may not see the effects ourselves, we need to see perspectives of the world that are unfamiliar and foreign through the scrutiny of a magnifying glass, so we can no longer ignore them.
Ian has shared the nitty gritty details of The Outlaw Ocean, now it’s up to us musicians to capture the emotion behind these stories. Just as Ian didn’t sugar coat his storytelling, I didn’t with my music — I want these songs to confront the drowning feeling of hopelessness that leads to recognizing injustice. I think when the public begins to open themselves up to more empathetic experiences through the mediums of art and music, the general outlook on these issues will positively change.
Dozier, aka Alexandria Rowan, feels like suppressed laughter, sexual frustration and hopeful dreaming. She's a transdimensional vagabond, with a knapsack full of stories and soundtracks. On her travels she's been influenced by the likes of J Dilla, John Coltrane, world fusion, U.K. grime and boom-bap. Got the road trip munchies? Her pockets are chock full of psychedelic-noir eye candy.