Los Angeles, USA

Lights in the Distance


Behind the Music

One of the elements of The Outlaw Ocean that struck me most were the feelings of loneliness and isolation. The notion of being left to the primal lawlessness of the sea — looking out and seeing a never-ending uniformity surrounding you — was captivating to me. I tried to capture the intensity, reflection, fear, desperation and isolation, as well as hope and triumph that Ian captures in his reporting. 

I wanted to use my music to help inform listeners and spread the message of The Outlaw Ocean. To accentuate some of the darker moods, I relied on minor chords and elements of distortion. At the same time, I used heavy drum breaks and soaring synthesizer leads to convey the determination of those at sea. I brought in various audio elements and textures to define my depiction of the overall atmosphere of the ocean.

About Shimo

Shimo is a Los Angeles-based producer and beatmaker. An avid piano and keyboard player, Shimo utilizes original elements of New Age, Jazz Fusion, Lofi and Trip Hop. His music is heavily inspired by gritty audio textures and recordings of foley sounds found in nature.

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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