Fukkk Offf

Hamburg, Germany

Diving for Treasure


Behind the Music

Reading The Outlaw Ocean not only inspired me to write a soundtrack for its stories but to also experiment as a musician in a way I never have before. This project gave me the opportunity to branch out from the “hard electro” sound I’m commonly known for. This took the form of floating rhythms that provide the phantom melancholic feeling of traveling on rolling waves toward unknown adventures. And the inspiration didn’t stop after I read the last page of the book. The audio material Ian collected during his reporting motivated me to make a full-length LP for the project. 

I feel proud of the music I’ve made, and I hope my interpretation complements the experience of reading the book or maybe makes listeners curious to learn more. Personally, being part of this project has been an eye-opening and amazing collaboration that’s enabled me to have adventures of my own as an artist. I’m so grateful to Ian for asking me to participate, and I hope listeners learn as much as I did while producing these songs.

Fukkk Offf
About Fukkk Offf

Bastian Heerhorst aka Fukkk Offf has been renowned for some time in his hometown for storming live sets in clubs scattered around Hamburg’s red light district. “Die sündige Meile,” or “the sinful mile,” as it is known, has seen its walls shaked and thighs quaked by the throbbing depths of Bastian’s big room, Fukkk Offf sound. Many a night you witness the frustration on the faces of lonely old men as they realized that the brothels were empty. All the girls would be down at the club shaking their money makers to the sounds of our young hero. These same streets are where the Beatles made their way in the early ‘60s. John Lennon was once quoted as saying, “I might have been born in Liverpool, but I grew up in Hamburg.” After starting his music career, Bastian was contacted immediately by the heads at Coco Machete Records in New York City. Having heard of the exploits of the girls in Hamburg, dressed up in skiing outfits, going wild to his sounds and ignoring their nights work, the contact was made.

Winner of the 2021 Scripps Howard Award for Excellence in Innovation in Journalism

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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