Los Angeles, USA

Ghostly Lives


Behind the Music

Until being exposed to The Outlaw Ocean, I had never heard of anything like this. Most people I spoke with hadn’t either. This book and Ian’s reporting opened my eyes to a portion of humanity mostly ignored by the Western world and showed me a way of life so brutal and different from my own. It’s a powerful body of work that’s capable of inspiring people to enact change, big or small.

Like a journalist, an artist also has the ability to shine a light on issues that would otherwise go ignored by bringing stories to life. With this project, I felt compelled to portray the toil and suffering of enslaved crewmates — a sense of forlorn aggression, an urgent but lonely chaos found in few other circumstances. I had a specific story and crewmate in mind for each song I crafted and with it, a distinct set of emotions. Eril Andrade’s story was one that impacted me deeply. A man who needed work like anyone else, but with far fewer opportunities, his life was lost the moment he stepped foot on a fishing boat. As a small tribute to his memory, I dedicated my track, “Voiceless,” to him and his plight. I hope that I, along with the other artists on this music project, can create an awareness for the sake of workers like Eril.


HOUNDTRACK, a.k.a. Scott Korchinski, is an electronic music producer from Los Angeles. Influenced by artists like thook, Laxcity and weird inside, as well as bands such as Circa Survive and Deafheaven, HOUNDTRACK makes melodic and hard-driving tunes.

His music has been featured on several Spotify playlists like Fresh Finds and Friday Cratediggers, and is currently on Brain Food. On the live performance front, HOUNDTRACK frequently plays in the Los Angeles area and recently played in support of Medasin at 1015 Folsom and Fakear at Rickshaw Stop, both in San Francisco.

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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