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Behind the Music

Working on The Outlaw Ocean Music Project and having a wealth of audio samples available to me presented an incredible opportunity to branch out of my creative comfort zone. Normally I feature external sounds in the introduction of my songs to lead fans in. Here I found myself using those sounds as the drops to the tracks, or taking small elements, like the creaking of a ship, and fattening them up to make them the focal point. One clip in particular that I used as a pre-drop was of someone warning a crew during an especially turbulent time on a ship. There’s a stigma in the EDM world where everyone thinks a DJ just defaults to using “1, 2, 3 jump” as the pre-drop in a song, but when I heard this clip, I thought it would present an interesting and impactful alternative.

This is one of those projects where you don’t entirely register the gravity of until you dive in. Before, I knew nothing of the atrocities happening at sea until I explored the files of ambient sound offered. Once I began dissecting each sound for production, I was in absolute shock. As someone who uses their lifelong stutter that they got bullied for as a mechanism for storytelling, I really appreciate what exactly Ian is doing here. All it takes is listening to one clip to understand how passionate Ian is about these issues, and how important they are to the rest of the world.

About Fluencee

With his unique approach to electronic music production, Los Angeles-based DJ and producer Fluencee has burst onto the contemporary crossover scene with a groundbreaking sound and a story to tell. After being bullied throughout his childhood due to a lifelong stutter, Fluencee finally chose to own it by speaking “fluently” through his music.

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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