Fed Conti

Torino, Italy



Behind the Music

I believe in this idea that I like to call cross-art and multimedia exchange, a concept that manifests itself in something like The Outlaw Ocean Music Project. It’s an idea that gives me a story to be inspired by, a new enthusiasm for music and a mission to transform a piece of journalism into sound. Like journalism, good music can be a vehicle for change. Music is a universal language that can connect with listeners quickly as the first step to helping them understand an issue. 

Music touches emotions instantly. It can reset an audience’s mind, preparing them to receive a message and understand the bigger picture beneath the landscape of sound. With a project like this, there’s so much simmering beneath the surface that will capture a large listenership. With my tracks, I tried to design a setting of sound that was both realistic and abstract using Ian’s field recordings of navigation noises and radio communication to help bring the listener into an open state of mind. From there I created a rich and non-linear compilation of tracks that were complicated and eclectic.

Fed Conti
About Fed Conti

Born as Federico Conti, Fed grew up as a jazz-rock musician playing Hammond organ, piano and keyboards. He started to be known later mostly as Fed Conti, since he started his contemporary music producer career beside his musician roots. 

Fed Conti’s music has been featured in TV Series such as "CSI Miami" and "Burn Notice," as well as in the movies "Mr Popper Penguins" and "American Mary.” He was signed by Chesterfield Cigarettes for a European concert tour and advertising campaign. Fed Conti's music also appeared in advertising campaigns by international brands such Coca Cola, Ford, Fiat, Always, Infasil, Lancia and video games by Atari. He personally selected and developed music compilation concepts for lifestyle and luxury brands such Maserati.

He has unleashed his original work and remixes on many renowned labels including Ministry of Sound, Island UK, Universal UK, Hed Kandi and Cafè del Mar. His music has been supported by DJs such Danny Tenaglia, Mr V and Laurent Garnier. The legendary Roger Sanchez and Carl Cox have selected his tracks for their compilations, while techno artists such Radio Slave and Magic Johnson have been remixing his original tracks. 

Fed released many different forms of music also under various monikers including his most popular alter egos "Mahjong," “Mr Gone” and "Nardis," plus parallel project slike “La Boutique,” “Eyes Of Love,” “De Madrugada,” and “Sun & Soul Shades.”

Some previous collaborations as a producer also include Sugababes, Fabri Fibra, Cube Guys, Alex Gaudino, Grum, Kym Mazelle and many more.

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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