Los Angeles, USA

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Behind the Music

My favorite part of working on The Outlaw Ocean Music Project was shifting through the wealth of sound samples provided from Ian’s reporting trips and prose provided in the book, and piecing out what I could translate musically. From the hour-long audiobook unveiling the dark and mysterious world of The Outlaw Ocean to the cawing of birds, there was so much to explore and use creatively. I found much inspiration from the simple sound of bells tolling, which I immediately began to imagine melding it into the melody for a hip-hop section in one of my songs. The timing in Ian’s recording of it is inimitable and precise, just as all the storytelling is in The Outlaw Ocean.  

I’ve never been part of a project that accompanied another body of work that gives life to the songs. This has been a unique experience for me as an artist. It provided me with an opportunity to push myself to think outside the box and use subtle elements to really elevate a song. The Outlaw Ocean Music Project is an incredibly innovative way to inform people about this reporting and, more importantly, these stories and issues. Ian paints such a clear and perspective-shifting picture of the problems at hand.


Hailing from Scottsdale, Arizona, the sounds of PIERCE are not for the faint-hearted. Now relocated to Los Angeles, California, PIERCE brought the heat from the desert to his production style. He dropped his debut EP “Audi” via Spinnin’ records in 2016, and a follow-up EP released in 2017 titled  “Hijack” through Insomniac’s Bassrush records. Since then, he has had releases on Buygore, Dim Mak, Mad Decent and, most recently, a collaboration with IVORY that came out via Never Say Die. PIERCE has an arsenal filled with heavy bass, hard-hitting trap and an innovative sound design that has received support from big names such as Herobust, Liquid Stranger, Spag Heddy, Riot Ten and many more. With a ton of scheduled releases on the way, PIERCE is set to be a game changing force in the bass music scene.

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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