Atlanta, USA



Behind the Music

Each track has a loose theme that allows it to translate feelings of distress and urgency, as well as hope, but is still abstract in a way that listeners can form their own thoughts and conclusions, which is what I think good art is meant to do. I wanted everything to feel more organic, so I relied more on string instruments than I normally do to represent the waves and the tide. 

The Outlaw Ocean Project has truly deepened my perspective and understanding of the sea, and the ways in which mankind needs to exist more harmoniously with it, and I wanted my songs to contribute to the ongoing dialogue surrounding the complex issues associated with maintaining a balanced relationship with the ocean. In combining the compositions of this music project with Ian’s articles, I believe we’re providing an immersive experience that expresses a message for change.

About Toadface

Toadface originally was a huge gamer before music heavily influenced his life. He drew early inspiration from his brother, Yheti, who showed him bits and pieces of how to produce, and from electronic producers who were making great music. His unique production style flawlessly fuses elements of trap and dubstep together with amphibious grooves implementing their own twist.

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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