Behind the Music
What moved me about The Outlaw Ocean was this recurring theme of isolation, which showed itself most explicitly in the chapters “A Rusty Kingdom” and “Jail Without Bars.” As a current resident of New York City who has only ever lived in large cities and towns, I am constantly around people. There is rarely a time in my life when I cannot see or hear human activity, whether in real life or in connection via the internet, so the idea of complete isolation is rather terrifying. I wanted to capture this idea of space, time, minimality, and vastness in my EP.
My goal is not to make listeners feel solitary, but encompassed within an expansive sonic world. Whether that brings about positive or negative feelings will likely depend on the individual listener, but this feeling of space is important. I want each new and seemingly small sound to have a large impact, as I imagine it would out on the open ocean.
Based out of Brooklyn, New York, Jobii is the jazz-inspired lo-fi project of producer and drummer, Gabe Millman. At three years old, Gabe began to experiment with drums in the most accessible way possible - by banging on pots and pans using wooden spoons as drum sticks. After encouragement from his grandfather, he started learning in a more traditional way and spent the years following his tenth birthday playing in several different bands. In college, Gabe studied piano, mallet instruments, music theory and history, as well as focusing on his major of sound recording technology. This experience ultimately helped to sculpt the acute sense of harmony and melody synonymous with the Jobii project. After working as a mastering engineer between 2015-2017 in Nashville, Tennessee, Gabe moved to Brooklyn, New York, in early 2018 to focus more on production. From here he released the debut Jobii EP “English Breakfast” in December 2018.