Fake Blood

London, England

A Dark Ocean


Behind the Music

Using music to broaden the possible audience for an issue is clever and necessary in the 21st century. Music can carry information and experiences. It provokes emotion by enhancing a story or image. Our hope is that it helps to fuel the listener’s curiosity and awareness. For this project, instead of basing a track on a single musical idea or sample, I took the mood and atmosphere of a particular story as inspiration. Before making each track, I would listen to and read the source material-- Ian's words and field recordings-- and then use that as a starting point. By sharing my music for this project, I hope to help draw attention to the issues Ian has covered. If listening to one of these songs leads someone to look into the story behind it, then that's great. 


I have always been very wary of the ocean. Its vastness and danger make me uneasy. The sea is like a wild animal-- I can appreciate its beauty, but it is not my friend.

Fake Blood
About Fake Blood

Fake Blood is London-born producer Theo Keating. He has previously recorded as “The Wiseguys,” “Touché” and one half of “The Black Ghosts” and has remixed many artists across multiple genres.

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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