Vancouver, Canada

Black Water


Behind the Music

Reading The Outlaw Ocean can best be described as inspiring — for me as a person and as an artist. Each chapter of the book resonated with me and influenced the creation of my tracks in a different way, enabling me to create an EP that captures the isolation, conflict and occasional beauty expressed in Ian’s reporting. Most of the time, EDM serves as a chance to provide music that helps us take solace from the darker parts of life. This music project has given me the platform to venture into something different from that - to tell real stories that address sensitive issues while still doing what I love. Many will read The Outlaw Ocean and contemplate it’s contents before returning to their everyday lives. Yet for the people Ian spoke with in his reporting, these stories are their everyday lives — an endless stream of grueling labor, fear and tragedy on the lawless seas. But the idea that someone could hear my music and be moved to investigate further is precisely why this collaboration is so important.

About MDK

MDK (Morgan David King) is a 28-year-old music producer from Vancouver Canada. Heavily inspired by the soundtracks of his favorite video games, his signature blend of bass music & chiptune (coined “wubstep” by his fans) strikes the perfect balance between nostalgia and modern EDM. Morgan’s music has accumulated millions of online streams, and has been heard by Team MDK fans across the globe. “Press Start,” his most-played song, has nearly 20 million views on YouTube alone. MDK’s music has made appearances in multiple video games (“Need for Speed: Payback,” “Geometry Dash,” “Osu!”), and he has worked on various media projects with AAA companies such as EA Sports, Riot Games, and Image-Line/FL studio.

With three albums and a plethora of singles under his belt, MDK has no intention of slowing down anytime soon.

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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