Istanbul, Turkey

Other Life


Behind the Music

One of my first exposures to The Outlaw Ocean stories was a slideshow of images, shared to me by Ian, detailing the horrors happening on the seas. I was instantly moved and knew I wanted to get involved. 

As a whole, The Outlaw Ocean took me on an adventure. Looking through the images and reading the stories, I instantly began imagining the emotions behind the characters portrayed and based my tracks on the different chapters they were in - including my favorite, ‘Rusty Kingdom.’ Overall, I wanted to maintain a pensive composition across the album. 

Oftentimes we are entirely blind or unaware of the issues right in front of us. This kind of reporting allows us to get a closer look at the heart of a matter with sincerity and raw authenticity. Presentation of such heavy topics demands a form that enables people to consume and understand at their own pace. I think the music project only furthers that aim. More than that, the music helps grab the attention of audiences, as music so often tends to do.

About Lodos

Lodos, located in Istanbul, Turkey, has been cooking tracks since the late ‘90s. Having experimented with distant genres ranging from various flavors of electronic music to Turkish pop, nowadays Lodos has settled on house as his le plat principal. Lodos managed to gain the support of les chefs de cuisine Armin van Buuren, Tiësto and Paul van Dyk. Under his Turkish pop repertoire, he has worked with prominent Turkish artists, including Sagopa Kajmer and Birol Giray. Lodos can be found with his team in Istanbul at his kitchen Turquilla Studio, opening his pantry to the forthcoming Turkish youngsters interested in the secrets of his recipes. We encourage future generations to check Turquilla's website and become a part of Turquilla to be involved in projects like The Outlaw Ocean.

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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