Burlington, USA

Ebb & Flow


Behind the Music

News clips and documentaries all have music. It only makes sense to have musicians and producers involved in the process as opposed to using stock sounds or songs from music libraries. The content in a project like The Outlaw Ocean Music Project is more focused and exists symbiotically.

I have always approached music with a visual and narrative based method. Because of this, it has always been a dream of mine to participate in a project of this nature. I immediately wanted to be involved when I saw the content, read the material and saw how well thought out Ian’s plan was. The entire project seemed truly unique and inspirational. On top of that, the topic and subject matter is important to share with the world in as many ways as possible.

Using this platform to spread knowledge regarding this topic is something that could potentially make a huge difference. I have never seen an ocean project and music project collaborate to this magnitude. I could see this becoming a new platform and a common model for fundraising.

About Es-K

Quantity is not synonymous with quality. Vermont-based producer Es-K is one of the rare artists capable of creating an abundance of progressive, captivating music. Between 2012 and 2014, he released 24 volumes of his “Spontaneous Grooves” series via celebrated instrumental label, Cold Busted. Totaling over 300 beats, “Spontaneous Grooves” was a testament to his work ethic as much as it was the strength of his Madlib-like range. “Building Bridges,” one of his many collaborative projects with Smif-N-Wessun's General Steele, is jazzy but hard-hitting. The insightful rhymes are complemented by Es-K's skull-cracking drums and brilliantly arranged samples. His 2018 solo album, “Koan,” displays another of his many sides. Heralded as one of the “Best Beat Tapes on Bandcamp,” “Koan” is a meditative record of alternately lush and expansive suites, each offering the listener a chance to escape or reflect. With over half a million monthly Spotify listeners, Es-K continues to work tirelessly to create new beats that both meet his high standards and expand the scope of instrumental hip-hop.

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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