New York, USA



Behind the Music

I am always fascinated by sounds from real life, and love to forge sonic worlds for my songs to sit in. Having a chance to do just that in songs like “Chasing Thunder” using Ian’s own set of dedicated audio samples was inspiring and led to the creation of work that’s purposeful, intentional and in connection with a bigger story. It was one of my favorite aspects of The Outlaw Ocean Music Project.

The best stories always have an emotional impact — they make you feel something and compel you to make changes, be it internally or externally — and that’s the impact I always want my music to have on a listener. Normally as an artist, I create music that is inherently personal and based on my own experiences, and try to form emotional narratives rooted in that. In the case of The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, the context of creation was different and provided an opportunity to compose works from perspectives vastly different from mine. It was challenging, but also refreshing, and allowed me to tell other’s stories, which was humbling and fulfilling for me and will hopefully be incredibly powerful for others.

About ShiShi

Raised on three different continents, ShiShi's music reflects his global citizenship, blending sounds and influences from all corners of the world and showcasing his Indian musical heritage. In 2017, his record “Aarti” was released alongside the international charity, Pratham USA, to raise money to fund educational programs for underprivileged children in India. The song has now amassed over 6 million streams worldwide. 

In 2018, his remix of VALNTN's “Moan” reached No. 3 on the Hype Machine popular charts and his single “Give Me Love” garnered the support of Major Lazer. In 2019, he played his largest show to date at Terminal 5 (New York City) to over 2,000 people and released his debut self-titled 12-track album, earning the cover spot on Spotify’s official “No Borders” playlist. With over 20 million global streams under his belt, he was featured in a documentary produced by Spotify for Artists on rising artists in the fall of 2020.

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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