Funk Fiction

Los Angeles, USA

Dystopian Waters


Behind the Music

I’ve written music for video game soundtracks before, I listened to soundtracks for movies and TV shows. But I had yet to encounter a soundtrack for a book until I started working on The Outlaw Ocean Music Project. It’s unconventional, which is exactly what makes it exciting for me.

More than that, the journalism was something that I found important and that stood out. The book itself was captivating, and reading it was an immersive experience that stirred my imagination immediately. Ian’s writing style is so riveting and candid, providing me with an unfiltered and raw inside look into the crimes at sea going unnoticed in the world. This insight allowed me to write my music more accurately. In addition, the source material and field recordings he collected really allowed for the shaping of the overall sound and mood of the music.

Funk Fiction
About Funk Fiction

Also known as Funk Fiction, Pejman Roozbeh materialized by the coastal waters and urban sprawl of Los Angeles. As a ‘90s kid, he grew up influenced by the 16-bit era, Nicktoons and the advent of electronica. Though a funkster at heart, he comfortably dissolves genres; blurring the lines between ‘80s RnB, nu-disco, ambient chillwave and deep house. As a composer, Funk Fiction’s projects cover eclectic video game genres, and as an artist, his music spans from choice originals to freshly reimagined covers of video game favorites. Blessed with celestial waves from the ether, he embodies funk so good it comes from fiction.

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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