Ontario, Canada

Heavy Seas


Behind the Music

It’s always important to analyze and address the ugly parts of our world, and how it manifests itself in our behavior. Ian’s investigative work in The Outlaw Ocean does just that by providing a glance into the inhumanities that go on in the unseen world of the ocean: the visceral picture of human trafficking, as recounted in ‘Jail Without Bars;’ the tense stories of pursuing and stopping illegal fishing trawlers. 

Combining these snapshots with the medium of music helps to further elucidate these complex issues, activating something in us that triggers an emotional response. For me, I wanted my tracks to convey the hope, fear, excitement, bravery and uncertainty that I imagine the vigilante crew of the Sea Shepherd experienced while chasing The Thunder. All of it — the reporting, the visuals, the music — weaves together to highlight a clearer perspective of the ocean that I hope people will consume and learn from.

About Intjay

Intjay is from the Maritimes in Canada, and his name comes from his personality type INTJ, The Architect.

He started making beats in 1998, with an old Windows computer and some cassettes. Using built-in software that allowed him to copy sounds and “paste mix” them over drum breaks to create 5-second loops, he would then take the loops and make a pause-tape on a cassette. The process of creating beats this way was very therapeutic. He fell in love with the art of beat-making, and he hasn’t stopped producing since.

A few years back, he discovered the genre lo-fi hip hop on Spotify. He was instantly obsessed and listened to as many lo-fi artists as he could find, all incredibly talented artists that seemed to be creating the same sound he had been manifesting over the years without realizing. He found my tribe.His goal when making music is to capture the nostalgic lo-fi aesthetic and feeling of when he first heard beats on early ‘94 cassettes. He tries to take the listener to the headspace he is in when creating music. Thank you for listening.

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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