Jordan Maxwell

Gold Coast, Australia

Perilous Tides


Behind the Music

I discovered through this project how truly large the oceans are and about all the troubling conditions that people worked in while at sea. There is an amazingly large amount of people that I’ve learned about through The Outlaw Ocean, all of which have unique cultures and lives at sea. The book truly expands your idea of how dangerous and overwhelming the ocean is. 

This project taught me about the sheer power and magnitude of the ocean and the struggles of the people who travel it. I hope with my participation in this project to expand and develop my relationship with literature and to help share the stories of these seas and some of the people working within them.  Creating music for the project was challenging for my synthesis/synth creating ability, and I had to find the right sounds to express the power and strength I wanted to display in these tracks for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project. I used sound samples such as sirens, ocean or boat noise, and edited and warped them into the deep intimidating and harsh sounds I was searching for.

Jordan Maxwell
About Jordan Maxwell

Jordan Maxwell is a 22-year-old lo-fi hip-hop and progressive rock producer from Gold Coast Australia. He’s played the guitar and piano for the majority of his life and began his journey in the music industry six years ago when he released tens of lo-fi beats and songs online. 

He received wonderful fan feedback on his music in 2017 and has continued to produce new music, changing and developing his style into a more heavily guitar and beat driven instrumental sound. He has worked with a handful of artists and samplers including Shiloh, Charlie Robbins and Wes Ambler. 

He is very excited to be a part of The Outlaw Ocean Music Project and hopes his music is enjoyed by everyone.

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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