Seattle, USA



Behind the Music

I was shocked by what I learned in The Outlaw Ocean, since prior to reading the book, I hadn’t been aware of the frequent crimes that happen at sea. Therefore, I set out to write ominous, intense music to represent the morose crimes that take place. I ended up naming one of the songs on my EP after “Armed and Dangerous” because the chapter truly showcases the severe depravity of the ocean. It paints a picture of the dark and lawless nature of the sea and helped me envision and set the tone for a similar vibe in my music.

I wanted my music to have complex, sinister overtones, representing the immense levels of crime. To evoke this dark atmosphere, I incorporate a lot of cinematic feelings into my tracks that feature melancholy melodies and sounds. Overall, I hope that my music creates soundscapes that send a clear message and this EP makes people more aware of the injustices occurring on the ocean.

About Quackson

Jackson Wells aka Quackson is a DJ and music producer hailing from Seattle, Washington. Making a name for himself in 2018 for his viciously disruptive bass lines, Noiseporn dubbed him as, “One of the leaders of the mid-tempo genre.” Going into 2019, he was named one of the "Top 40 Artists to Watch" list by YourEDM, and has quickly garnered support from many avenues in the electronic music industry, including his first official label release on Dim Mak's "New Noise."  

Quackson’s music is a cinematic, ominous, bass-driven journey, with heavy twists and turns, engaging the listener from start to finish. In addition to several successful releases within the mid-tempo genre, he is expanding his horizons to encompass multiple facets of bass music, creating a sound that is distinctively "Quackson." His influences include G Jones, Moody Good, 1788-L, 13 and many more. 

Moving towards 2020, Quackson plans to continue refining and innovating his sound with every release. With the EP "Abandon," coming out in 2020, Quackson’s year ahead appears to be bright and full of promising new material. Whether it is his passion for electronic music or his unparalleled work ethic, Quackson plans to continue working his hardest to make music that will make an impact on the industry.

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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