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Behind the Music

Before reading The Outlaw Ocean, I was completely ignorant about the human crisis described in the book. The chapter “Sea Slavery” especially, shook me to my core. When reading the chapter, I had a guttural response to the atrocities, and my brain immediately started to form a narrative that would somehow give me hope that these children survived in some heroic, cinematic way.

I started thinking about the story of a fictional Thai child called Channarong, which means “experienced warrior,” whose story my EP will document. The story begins with Channarong being conned and grifted into joining a maritime company with the promise of high seas adventures and riches, only to find himself on an outlaw fishing ship, trying to survive in pure chaos, nursing his own wounds and narrowly escaping death daily.

By the end of the EP, Channarong manages to survive and escape with his fellow seamen. They ruminate on their ordeals and how they helped each other to survive, and in doing so, they become princes of the oceans.

I hope that the sequence of songs in my EP paints a picture that begins with false promises of high seas adventures, continues with the true horror of being captive in a boat, and finishes with hope, strength, and overcoming adversity.

These men, women, and children go through unspeakable horrors, yet somehow they form a bond and still find a way to survive, despite odds that would be unfathomable to the rest of us.

To me, it speaks volumes about preserving your humanity and respect for fellow humans, no matter how dire your predicament.

About Starcadian

Starcadian is an independent electronic producer and musician. His music first gained notoriety with the release of his hit music video for the song “HE^RT” and subsequent screening at the SXSW music festival. Since then, his music has been featured in HBO shows, commercials for Korg, Asics, League Of Legends and collaborated with Teenage Engineering, Izotope and Arturia on the development of various synths.

He often describes his songs as “ear movies” and albums as “original soundtracks,” as they often incorporate aesthetics of timeless fantasy and sci-fi films, while weaving a narrative that spans across all releases, Starcadian also directs, edits and post-produces his own music videos, including the festival favorite short film, “Freak Night.”

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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