Marco Faraone

Ibiza, Spain



Behind the Music

This is a very special and hard time for everyone, especially people in the music industry. Reading The Outlaw Ocean while alone during my lockdown in Barcelona — far from family and friends — enabled me to experience the book in a unique mindset that is reflected in my album. Each chapter, such as “Storming the Thunder” and “Adelaide’s Voyage,” is an emotional journey that deeply resonates with a reader. The story of Rebecca Gomperts in “Adelaide’s Voyage” and her dedication to helping other women especially touched me.

Over the years, journalism has covered the most important moments in history, informing people and unveiling new discoveries. Similarly, music has a fundamental role in alerting the public on the kinds of issues journalists seek to investigate and spreading awareness through evocative works of art. For me, the most important message I want to spread with my tracks is the feeling of hope despite bleak circumstances. This is something that I feel is important now more than ever, given the worldwide pandemic. More than that, I want my tracks to compel people to read The Outlaw Ocean and learn of the ongoing problems at sea. The oceans are the largest part of our planet, and what happens there should be known by everyone across the globe.

Marco Faraone
About Marco Faraone

A native of Tuscany, Faraone grew up immersed in music - his father was a DJ in the ‘80s, working for a local radio station, whilst his grandfather was a folk singer and musician. Taking inspiration from a clutch of these local influences, his initial foray into DJing was dominated by the many hip-hop records that comprised his then-modest collection. Years later his sound graduated to drum n’ bass, before eventually settling on the discerning techno vibe for which he is best known today.

It was at this juncture that Faraone became a resident at Florence’s globally-renowned Tenax club, a regular slot that meant he quickly graduated from “crafty up-and-comer” to one of modern techno’s most recognised and respected names. It paved the way for a career that’s since seen him DJ at the likes of Fabric, Panorama Bar and Amnesia and alongside household names such as Jeff Mills, Chris Liebing and Ben Klock.

Anyone familiar with his output - as a DJ,  producer and label owner - will be all too aware that his is a sound that’s impossible to pigeonhole. Marco's productions have graced some of the scene’s most respected labels as well as his own much-respected UNCAGE imprint, which is lately in the top chart with almost every release.

Now based in Ibiza, Marco Faraone has just released an album and a strong EP on Rekids and one upcoming EP on Defected. Marco is about to release a new album inspired by The Outlaw Ocean, a book by Ian Urbina.

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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