Oakland, USA

A Silent Despair


Behind the Music

My connection with the sea runs deep. My artist name is “ocean” spelled in a different way. I was born on an island and grew up near the open water. My father has been sailing with the U.S. Navy and Merchant Marines for over 30 years. He spent much time around the Horn of African and has been attacked by Somali pirates, which is part of the reason why the chapter “Armed and Dangerous” was especially poignant for me. My fascination with the ocean always came from a place of respect for how immensely powerful, dangerous and scary it can be. Throughout my music career, I’ve curated and produced my performances to capture the dark beauty of the sea so it felt like the opportunity to participate in The Outlaw Ocean Music Project was meant to be.

Music and art draw a primal connection between people. When you hear or see something moving, you feel drawn to it. It can help highlight issues and communicate the organic feelings associated with it to a listener. When I created my songs, I wanted them to capture three different sentiments — the sense of something terrifying, the everlasting conflict between those who ravage and those who stand to protect, and the endless possibility felt when you look at the horizon on the open sea.

About Oshiin

Known for his genre-bending sets, love for gritty bass and ethereal and powerful dark sounds, Oshiin has garnered the attention of many listeners across Northern California and beyond.

His versatility as an artist can be reaffirmed by those he's shared the stage with, including Borgore, Louis The Child, Flosstradamus, Protohype, Valentino Khan and more.

Making his start in 2014 by creating an event promotion company, Spectre 11, Oshiin was driven to produce quality shows for his community while refining his sound as an artist. Since then he has continued to perform at clubs like 1015 Folsom, District 30, The Park and Ruby Skye, in addition to various events in the area, such as Stilldream and City Of Trees Music Festival with Blink-182.

Stay tuned, as Oshiin is an energetic and multi-talented artist who is primed for the spotlight.

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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