Bari, Italy

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Behind the Music

As a musician, I used to inspire myself through travel — the discovery of new territories, smells and landscapes. Because of the pandemic, the last few months have been very difficult for me. When Ian gave me the opportunity to be part of this project, I didn’t hesitate to jump in and break away from my usual patterns. So every morning, for about a month, I woke up incredibly early to allow myself to think and ruminate about the songs I wanted to create. I think you can really open your mind to inspiration during that time right before dawn, when it’s still dark outside, and connect your thoughts with the frequencies of that specific day.

Each song on the album — with the sounds of waves, dolphins and such — takes you right into the narrative of The Outlaw Ocean. It’s a new way to experience reading this incredible work of journalism. Telling a story through music, and making a listener live in the mood of that moment, helps heighten the impact felt when consuming this material. I have always been convinced that music can function in place of the things you can’t articulate. At times, there were tracks that seemed to be composed on autopilot. I just let my emotions run through them. The emotion that comes from a note or frequency can’t be replaced by a voice.

About Qubiko

It is common to see an artist that emerges from the most humble origins, to become someone able to revolutionize the market. Qubiko, who was born in a small town in southern Italy, has evolved in seven years, experiencing various kinds of electronic music. Qubiko grew up in a small neighborhood where he used to listen to jazz music and drum rhythms thanks to his father, a professional saxophonist. Qubiko was very recognized because of its top positions in the charts of Beatport and Traxsource in recent years, standing in style Deep House, House and Tech House. Their performance sets around the world are loaded with a lot of energy and passion. The Qubiko mission is to enjoy the music he loves with his audience, the transmission of a Furore provided from start to finish, creating a steady pace along with electrical increases that blows up the dance floor. Innovation is a daily and essential mission to Qubiko, all without leaving his humility and constant work ethic.

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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