Vienna, Austria

Darkest Voids


1Darkest Voids
3Time Was Running Out
5Here We Go
Behind the Music

It was new for me as an artist to have pre-existing sounds, stories and the framework of a project from the start of the creative process, and have to work to capture the tone of these elements with my music. It was fulfilling to see all these components come together — the field recordings, Ian’s prose, my songs— to make an overall unique body of work. The Outlaw Ocean Music Project is such a fresh approach to storytelling, with each part feeding off of the other. 

Music is such an emotionally triggering experience that can push you in moments of high intensity or even comfort you at times. With this specific project, there are a number of ways you can connect to that experience. You can approach it from the reporting first — hearing the story and hearing as the rhythms and melodies help the story evolve — or you can start with the music, enjoying the added dimension of spoken words to a remarkable work of journalism. Either way, I wanted to compose a listening experience in which the tracks could be heard both as one long, continuous piece or as stand-alone pieces.

About Powernerd

Powernerd: Sounds of the future, compounded with the present. 

Power: Music made with a powerful mixture of electronic Synthwave and eclectic live performances that have rocked worldwide audiences. Formulated by a programming humanoid who takes the sounds of the ‘80s, mixes them with modern and futurist art styles, and gives them to Lazerdiscs Records to let loose.

Nerd: Acid-infused Automaton on semi-acoustic drums backed by a biomechanic-blend of shredding and haunting melodies on guitar, as well as key mashing for kicks by a machine who looks and jams are all-man: one man. The sounds and visuals are a spectacle, and all nerd! Powernerd — either playing live in your city making the buildings shake, or in your living room bumping on your stereo — is a force that doesn't shy away from trying new takes on the genre, with incorporating new sounds, new equipment or just new costumes. As for why we stick with the formula? Powernerd doesn’t believe in playing it safe, and neither should you.

The Journalism

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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