Mad Zach

Larnook, Australia

Eye of the Storm


Behind the Music

To me, music and art are about that which cannot be spoken and only be expressed through a different medium. If I could put my feelings into words, I wouldn’t have to make music. It’s about tapping into your greater creative force and conduit for those emotions you can’t quite articulate. With that vision in mind, I’d say that this music is a meditation on what I felt as I read The Outlaw Ocean. Stories like those Ian reports on in this book uncover larger moments in time. 

Storytelling is a critical part of communicating and preserving the culture of humankind, and Ian’s book helps record that culture and reveals some less savory aspects that were previously unknown. Music lands differently for each person, but, when combined with the rich narrative of The Outlaw Ocean, it can be an avenue for the imagination. I think this pairing can be very powerful, adding another layer of depth to a complex body of work.

Mad Zach
About Mad Zach

Mad Zach combines sonic influences from hip-hop, jungle, techno, dubstep and trap, yet still remains unique in his own right. With releases on labels such as Deadbeats, Saturate, Plasma Audio and Robotech Neo, his tracks have received support from the likes of Aphex Twin, Barclay Crenshaw and G Jones. Simultaneously aggressive and introspective, Zach’s genre-bending style both invigorates and entrances his audiences.

Mad Zach’s live sets fuse the elements of controllerism and DJing into one. In 2017 he played Coachella, Hard Summer, What the Festival and Shambhala, as well as a string of headline dates. To close the year he is supporting G Jones, Eprom and Rezz on a number of different tour dates. Zach is strongly endorsed by production tech companies Native Instruments and Ableton, and his live performance videos for them and predominant DJ blog, DJ Tech Tools, have garnered over 10 million views on YouTube.

Mad Zach's label "Mad Lab” has been the vehicle for his recent releases "Belittle No One" and "Tunnel Snare," with a string of new singles lined up. In 2018 he will open up the stage for releases from other genre-bending producers in the same vein to release on Mad Lab, curated by Zach himself.

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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