Lester Nowhere & o k h o

Prato, Italy

Terra Di Nettuno


Behind the Music

I rarely start creating music with the idea of maintaining a certain mood. However, I’ve noticed that some of my best work has developed from this idea of depicting or conveying a specific emotion or story. I am not always able to create something like this, but within the deeper stories of The Outlaw Music Project I was able to play with a new type of sentiment — sadness.  

My goal for my music is to successfully represent the gravity and importance of Ian’s stories of an abused ocean and its victims. Therefore, the tone of my music shares a certain kind of melancholy that is inspired by the weight of Ian’s reportage, and hopefully contributes to a broader knowledge of these issues. 

Lester Nowhere & o k h o
About Lester Nowhere & o k h o

For their album “Terra di Nettuno” for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, beatmakers and producers o k h o and Lester Nowhere teamed up to produce a jazzy blend of beats. They both tend to make sound that is a blend of hip-hop, trap and phonk music in the lo-fi genre. Lester Nowhere has independently released many projects. His album “Extra” was released on the web label Radio Juicy and he is studying audio and sound engineering in Rome, but secretly hopes to get rich with his beats and move to London.

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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