Joey Fehrenbach

Phoenix, USA

Boundless Sea


Behind the Music

Storytelling through music is one of my highest priorities when writing my tracks. Personally, I could write a million words and it still wouldn’t even scratch the surface of what I can otherwise communicate through my songs. Rather than standalone songs for an album, I decided to approach my contributions to The Outlaw Ocean Music Project as more of a cinematic soundtrack that captured the essence of the world Ian shows, appealing to all of the senses. I was intentional in the audio samples I selected, such as crashing waves or sounds of clockwork, and the tones I sought to elevate in both songs. I wanted to create vivid soundscapes in which people can smell an approaching storm and feel the oncoming terror — as with “Boundless Ocean” — or experience the claustrophobia that shifts to wonder as you delve deeper into the sea while listening to “Nautilus.” 

Ian addresses some serious issues, and I knew that anything I made should have just as much weight to it. This project was an entirely new experience for me, and I really enjoyed having the opportunity to score music for evocative stories. 

Joey Fehrenbach
About Joey Fehrenbach

Joey Fehrenbach is a melodic downtempo musician inspired and influenced by ‘80s electronic pop music. Coming from a long line of musicians, Joey began creating music at the age of 13 and has been writing music ever since. His sound is emotionally charged and designed to connect with his listeners.

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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