Jarod Glawe

Frankfort, USA

Virgin Waters


Behind the Music

I’d never released pure instrumental tracks before working on The Outlaw Ocean Music Project. I had to take a dance record and somehow remove vocals from it to make it more ambient. While it was difficult to accomplish, it was also really rewarding and incredibly authentic. With this project, it almost feels as if we’re swapping lyrics and replacing them with melodies and rhythms rich in vital information about the world. 

It’s every musician’s goal to express and enable listeners to feel certain things. It’s a storytelling technique not unlike literature — there’s an introduction that foreshadows what’s to come, the verses explain different scenes and build up tensions and then there’s the climax, when the tune of the song really captivates you. A great project tells a serious story and conveys the emotion of it, without evoking too much tension and manages to maintain energy throughout, which is exactly what I aimed to do with this project. I try not to get too hung up on the story and emotions, and focus on experiencing and expressing as much as I can in an effort to make every song great. Music is incredibly effective in drawing out emotions from people and, if you want to enact change, creating something that people can truly connect with will help that.

Jarod Glawe
About Jarod Glawe

While new to the scene, Jarod Glawe is stepping out with what is clearly a polished and deliberate sound. A superb wordsmith from beat one, bar one, Glawe’s slick production and clear intent to wow his listening audience are evident in his upcoming tracks. Having just turned 24, Glawe has already started to leave a lasting impact in the music scene — with remixes from artists like Thomas Gold, Mokita, Orjan Nilsen and AMPM, as well as working in the Chicago hip-hop scene for rappers including Twista.

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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