Calgary, Canada

Forgotten Shores


Behind the Music

The emotion that struck me most poignantly while reading The Outlaw Ocean and when crafting my songs was contemplative sadness. I wanted listeners to experience the somberness I felt as I read of the people and situations in the book, such as those trapped at sea with no way of getting home in the chapter “Jail Without Bars.” 

About Stilz

From Calgary, Alberta Stilz has gone from rocking the turntables to creating stylized cinematic retro electronic music. In a career that has spanned 19 years, Stilz has released a host of high-quality singles, EPs and LPs in hip-hop/rap to synthwave.

Stilz has not been confined to the studio, with the highlight being his performance at the Calgary Underground Film Festival for the Canadian premier of Ex Machina. The wheels-of-steel has helped craft an artist with a humble, urban base that has been used as a platform for a Synthwave-wonder.

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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