The Hague, Netherlands

The Void


Behind the Music

Reading The Outlaw Ocean brought about so many emotions for me — from sorrow to new hope, from sadness to kindness, from powerlessness to anger, from the beauty of the ocean to its deep dark secrets. It was all quite overwhelming and incredibly inspiring. While reading, there were moments when I had to pause and work on more ideas I had for the songs I was creating. With these songs, I hope to translate all those stories, emotions, and thoughts into music so that more people can connect with the book the same way I did. I am so grateful to be a part of this special and unique project.

About Shook

Shook is an independent producer, composer and musician based in the Netherlands. In his own words his work is inspired by, “Timeless forces such as love, change and art, (which) originates from the ’70s, early ’80s synth-pop, disco, funk to anime and futuristic soundtracks.”

In 2013 he released his self-titled debut album and later released the synth-pop and jazz funk inspired “Spectrum” in 2014, from which “Milestones” was featured in the very first episode of Netflix series “Better Call Saul.” He was commissioned for remix works by major artists such as Kimbra, Jamiroquai, Phoenix, Ellie Goulding and many others.

In mid-2016, Shook was diagnosed with Pancreatitis. He has been in hospital care for over a year and continues to recover. He is determined to create music whenever he can. Balancing between life and death and being hospitalized for months, Shook started to appreciate life in all its pure and delicate forms.

Listening to Shook’s latest productions is like watching a Ghibli movie with compositions by Joe Hisaishi. While in the twilight zone between awareness and epiphany, you can feel the influences of many artistic and obscure composers and musicians. Shook has developed a personal form of electronic music, creating his own melodies on vintage synths, acoustic pianos and recording drum shots to build his rhythm patterns. He merges Japanese ambient and Indonesian gamelan with an uplifting mixture of electronic pop, jazz and funk.

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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