Night Runner

Morelia, Mexico

E Mare Libertas


Behind the Music

From the moment we received Ian’s invitation, we knew we wanted to be part of this project. Many of us will simply read an article like Ian’s, share it on social media, worry about it and then call it a day. Others will feel powerless and voiceless in the face of these overwhelming issues. The Outlaw Ocean Music Project helps to captivate new audiences to these important issues and trigger action while also helping to fund storytelling endeavors like Ian’s. 

Because of how serious these issues are, we wanted our songs to reflect that and not sound too cliché or cheesy. For instance, we mixed calm nature sounds with very anxiety-inducing gunshots from Ian’s reporting trips to bring an intense experience grounded in real events. We’ve learned what an untamed paradise of adventure, crime and tragedy the ocean can be from writers like Jack London, Joseph Conrad and Hugo Pratt. Now, from Ian, we’ve learned that things haven’t changed at all. We’ve learned exactly how close we are to experiencing an environmental catastrophe within our lifetime. Urgent actions are needed to prevent this, and it involves all of us. 

Night Runner
About Night Runner

Night Runner is a synthwave duo formed in 2013. They have released three albums and an EP. The first one, “Starfighter,” was well received by the audience, which led it to get almost two million views on YouTube. They have worked for film directors such as Mark Pavia as well as renowned artists such as Dan Avidan from Ninja Sex Party and Game Grumps.

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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