I spent a lot of time thinking about what I wanted my music to express for this project. Because most of the music I create is instrumental, so much of my process is consumed in trying to convey an emotion or feeling without spelling it out in lyrics. In this project, I want to explore the duality that I kept running into while reading The Outlaw Ocean: the oceans are a vast, open and free place, but there’s a dark side that comes with the territory. So, I really want the songs to express the darkness that exists within the beauty.
The stories in the chapter “Sea Slavery” were so heartbreaking. I think this chapter works as an interesting microcosm for the book as a whole, in that it takes the reader to a very shadowy and hidden place in a world where we seem to have access to everything. I learned that this is what good investigative journalism is meant to do: shed light onto the dark corners of the world. As a reader coming along for that journey, it’s hard to not be affected by these stories. This chapter touched me not only because of the exposure to the harsh experiences that these men are currently going through, but also because I was forced to confront my own privileges. Because of the context I was born into, I most likely will never have to be in the same position as the men who work on fishing vessels at sea, and that really struck me.
Teen Daze is the moniker of producer Jamison Isaak. Over the course of his prolific career, he’s released six full length LPs and numerous EPs on labels such as Lefse and Paper Bag Records. In 2017, he started his own label FLORA which released three of his most critically acclaimed and successful albums to date. Jamison Isaak also creates music under his own name, Pacific Coliseum and Fradette & Isaak.