Tampa, USA

/shattered dreams/


Behind the Music

I’ve recommended The Outlaw Ocean to countless friends for a multitude of reasons — it’s a wonderful read, as interesting as a fictional novel about the high seas, but all real with activist calls to action. The way Ian has shed light on such unknown and overlooked issues through an anecdotal method of presentation left me thoroughly invested in the book - I wanted to never stop reading. I feel it’s so important to further your knowledge and become aware of such issues. Without Ian’s journalism, I would’ve never known many of these human and legal rights abuses, nor the extent of environmental impact. 

Personally, I really latched on to the mistreatment of workers shown in The Outlaw Ocean. I tried to capture this emotion of dismal hopelessness and twisted manipulation that lead to some of the awful situations they were victim to in my tracks. Everything down to the titles of the tracks were chosen with this in mind. Additionally, one of the sounds played throughout nearly the entire EP is a clip of workers chanting a rhythm as they pull in a fishnet in the dark and cold night. It was so representative of the emotions I felt for them and the conditions they were trapped in. 

Traditionally, I would say straight facts is how most would likely consume content of this nature. However, presenting it additionally through artistic and musical form imprints these stories on people emotionally and makes The Outlaw Ocean Music Project as a whole all the more powerful

About fluff

fluff is a 25 year old sample-based instrumental producer based out of Tampa, Florida. Sound design through captured samples, real life experiences and anything he can pull a sound from, characterises his music. fluff can be described as that little sound when there’s a piece of dust on the cassette tape, but the little dust mote is the entire universe of that Doctor Seuss movie. With influences ranging from hardstyle to ambient space soundtracks, fluff hopes you enjoy the little worlds on dust motes he brings to your ears.

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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