Phoenix, USA



Behind the Music

What really amazes me about The Outlaw Ocean is that there’s so much corruption and lawlessness going on all over the world. Yet, this is the first I’ve heard of these events and situations that Ian has not only written about, but lived through. There’s a pattern going on - a vacuum of authority and power - all these really big grey areas, fostering this environment for crime and corruption to take over. And that’s why what Ian has done is so important: it gives us all that much more insight, and that much more clarity on these unseen things that are constantly happening all over our planet.

In my music, there’s an obvious note of nostalgia that can be found on every track, and even though it’s a motif in all my music, it holds special meaning for me. I remember, way back in 2nd or 3rd grade, I wanted to be an ocean biologist… zoologist... it was my dream to take a submarine down to study anglerfish. So this album is something that I want listeners to connect with like that, not just to listen to, but to experience. I want them to feel like they’ve made a discovery - to feel like they’re there in the moment of the piece, and each piece has its different moments. 

For my part on this project, I hope the final outcome will be that the music points people to the information behind the music, thus using the music itself to help listeners become more informed.

About </body>

</body> is an electronic music producer from Phoenix, Arizona. His chosen genre, Vaporwave, emerged in the 2010s. Vaporwave’s genre is defined by its slowed-down, chopped samples of smooth jazz, R&B and lounge music from the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Winner of the 2021 Scripps Howard Award for Excellence in Innovation in Journalism

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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