Trélivan, France

48° Nord


Behind the Music

Having lived by the sea for most of my life, I’ve always had a fondness and awareness of the ocean and its shores. However, little is known of what is happening offshore. Ian’s book opened my eyes to the crimes committed in international waters, and the testimonies he spotlights are not only illuminating, but also served as a deep source of inspiration. His idea of combining journalism and art is incredibly intriguing. It helps expand the awareness of this subject, while simultaneously bridging a true artistic parallel between the two creative universes.

I focused on Ian’s stories in order to immerse and familiarize myself with the emotions he might have felt while reporting. Working with the tales of the book in mind as we produced the music was unique and quite extraordinary for us. I wanted to create a coherent and accurate musical representation of the book that meshed with my creative style. I focused on using some of Ian’s speeches in my tracks — they all felt so raw that it was almost like living through the experiences with him. In my opinion, it brings a great coherence to the project and plunges the listener into the heart of The Outlaw Ocean.

About Fatbabs

Well-known as the favorite beatmaker of the emblematic French Reggae artist, Naâman, Fatbabs got noticed in 2012. He produced Naâman's 1st mixtape, which had a huge success with the song “Skanking Shoes,” and produced his next 3 albums. The 2nd album, “Rays of Resistance,” went even further and gave Naâman and Fatbabs their 1st certified gold record.

In 2017, Fatbabs released his first solo project “Daily Jam,” a rich and personal musical trip that the beatmaker delivers with passion and generosity. Fatbabs jams with Hip-Hop, Reggae, Soul, Funk and Jazz.

Fatbabs won a remix contest in 2017 organized by Wax Tailor and is featured on the album “By Any Remix Necessary.” He also won the Phryme (DJ Premier and Royce Da 59) Remix Contest in 2014.

On November 15, 2019, Fatbabs released his very first solo album “MUSIC IS FOR KIDS,” a true producer album with over 20 guests singers including Jamaican legend, Sizzla.

For 2021 Fatbabs is taking new directions. Invited by Ian Urbina (New York Times reporter) to participate in "The Outlaw Ocean Music Project,” Fatbabs will release his EP “48 ° Nord” on February 12th. Fatbabs jumps on the occasion to offer a Trip Hop Instrumental EP. This is a brand new exercise for him — with sound recordings at his disposal, ready to be sampled to create a musical adaptation of the book, “The Outlaw Ocean.” 

“48 ° Nord” compiles sounds captured on the spot, loaded with stories and emotions that liven up Fatbabs’ melodies.

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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