Fed Nance

Ferrara, Italy

Exploring Voids


Behind the Music

Ian’s kind of journalism is essential to exposing criminals that operate with impunity against mankind and nature. Before becoming involved with this music project and reading The Outlaw Ocean, I was not aware of the rampant exploitation occuring at sea. This book opened my eyes to issues few have any knowledge of and the characters — like the South Korean sailors of the Oyang, who were victims of unscrupulous companies and complacent governments — deeply impacted me. 

My goal with this music project was to create contrasts between the different parts of my songs, using deep sounds and chasing rhythm patterns. In incorporating these elements into my tracks, I hope to create a stimulating body of work and communicate my own emotions when reading each chapter to show how deeply the book affected me. I think this vision of creating music from journalism is incredibly innovative — art can add depth to the images and stories of The Outlaw Ocean, creating a powerful result capable of fundamentally altering public opinion.

Fed Nance
About Fed Nance

Fed Nance is a musician, producer and beatmaker from Ferrara, Italy. He is best known for his work as an indie producer and live guitarist, touring intensely for the years with different projects and artists. In 2020, he started his solo project, leaning into his love for jazz and hip hop, creating a unique and dense mix of crooked jazzy guitars, high-flying saxophones, drunk synthesizers and sharp drum breaks, using vintage reel-to-reel tape machines to record his tracks. There are no music samples in his music: everything is written and performed by Fed. His first LP ‘Midnight Hiss’, a 22 tracks instrumental LP, has been released for Dezi-Belle Records, a record label based in Berlin. His other singles and EPs have been released through different record labels around the world.

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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