Freddy River

Tyler, USA



Behind the Music

I never thought about how music could have a role in spreading any type of awareness on issues like those explored in The Outlaw Ocean, which is why I love what Ian is creating with The Outlaw Ocean Music Project. Media can be an incredibly powerful thing. A journalist’s words can reach and impact many people, educating those that might not be as knowledgeable. Reinforcing the importance of this information through song can be incredibly valuable. Music plays a huge role in documenting issues to the world by triggering emotions and reactions through sound. 

When you look at the ocean, you see beauty. Ian’s reporting reveals how the lawlessness and intensity behind that facade of beauty. I wanted to reflect this contradiction in my EP, “Offshore,” making my music sound peaceful and dark at the same time — just like the ocean.

Freddy River
About Freddy River

Growing up in a struggling and toxic environment in the city of Los Angeles, California, Freddy River found his passion from teaching himself piano at the age of 10. He would not know that he would end up becoming an extremely dedicated musician by the age of 17, putting his life into his work and releasing tracks on Spotify and iTunes under the name David Eppik. In 2018, Freddy attended Hampton University for his freshman year of college. However, he dropped out after 10 months of attending to escape the troubles of his family and to pursue music full time. 

After changing his alias, multi-genre producer, artist and songwriter, Freddy River, began a fresh start to his musical journey in late 2019 with a new wave sound of electronic music mixed with R&B. The 20 year old producer plans on becoming the most influential and genre-fluid artist in the industry ahead. Freddy’s first official release was an EP titled “Volume One,” which was the first installment to a series which he plans to release throughout his career to showcase his musical growth and progress. The young artist has been greatly influenced by artists such as Kanye West, John Legend, Kendrick Lamar and Frank Ocean. He also takes inspiration from many genres, such as alternative R&B, indie pop, electronic and more. Freddy’s next step in his career begins with a new EP, “Offshore,” inspired by The Outlaw Ocean — a book by New York Times best selling author, Ian Urbina.

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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