Jason Stephenson

Peterborough, Australia

In 2 Deep


Behind the Music

Each story that Ian recounted in The Outlaw Ocean truly mesmerized and captivated me. Everything read so vividly and I felt like I was there along with Ian the whole time. It made the music creation process even more invigorating, as I selected the stories that rang true for me and worked with my producer Ori to sort through the concepts we wanted to convey in each song. 

Music is the perfect mechanism for storytelling. It crosses all borders and boundaries, and has the potential to transport you somewhere mentally within seconds. With my tracks, I wanted them to take listeners skimming along the surface of the ocean before diving deep underwater. I wanted people to almost taste the salt water in their mouth from the splashes of the waves as a boat speeds through the water. I wanted the whole production to feel like a journey and, as I listened to my work “The Next Frontier,” I think that’s exactly how it turned out. 

Jason Stephenson
About Jason Stephenson

Jason Stephenson is from Peterborough, South Australia. He loves all things to do with music, relaxation, meditation and spirituality. He loves to learn (or in some cases, un-learn) all things in life. 

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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