Schwarz & Funk

Augsburg, Germany

Large As Small


Behind the Music

When we make music, we don’t anticipate what emotions the listener will feel. We have some input like The Outlaw Ocean that triggers emotions in ourselves, which we then flow into our music. This rather creative, organic process is like a black box — you can’t look into it and just understand how it works — it just happens. 

While working on the project, we found that each sound effect we use evokes stories that have serious impact. For example, when we sample a sound of a gunshot that could have potentially ended someone’s life, we cross a border and know that this is not just musical entertainment anymore. Our goal for our music in this project is to create tension that on one hand reflects dignity, deepness, and wideness and on the other hand, reflects the hard fate of the events that happen on the ocean.

All the stories in The Outlaw Ocean are so fascinating and shocking at the same time. What shocks us the most is how much less a human life seems to be worth on the ocean, not to mention the lack of respect some people show for animal life and the environment. The approaches of the protagonists trying to make a difference left quite an impression. And the story of Lang Long in “Sea Slavery” got deep under our skin.

Schwarz & Funk
About Schwarz & Funk

Inspired by the balearic house vibes of Ibiza, the passionate Germany-based producers Bob Schwarz (audio engineer) and Jesse Funk (house DJ) established the musical project Schwarz and Funk in 2001. They turned out to be a perfect team and established the joint boxbergstudios in Ibiza and later back home in Germany. Since then, Schwarz and Funk have represented deep chillout music, fine lounge tunes and soulful house vibes loved by music enthusiasts all over the globe who are bored by tepid jingle-jangled mislabeled as chillout, lounge and house music. By now, their tracks are signed by record labels like Sony, Warner and Kontor, and also released worldwide on well-known compilations such as the Café del Mar and on their own label, boxberglounge.

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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