Madrid, Spain



Behind the Music

Selecting parts of the book to take inspiration from for our songs and to construct our work around was one of the most challenging aspects of the creative process because each story in The Outlaw Ocean felt incredibly significant. Each new page brought so much heart-wrenching and intense emotion that we oftentimes had to take breaks from working to process it all. We always try to recreate our own feelings onto a musical canvas, with the hopes that the violin will sing a melody that touches a listener’s heart. We picked chapters to center our sounds around that we felt we could faithfully “transform” into a music track that would properly convey the stories we read in Ian’s book, while integrating our own perceptions and thoughts.

The fact that we still live in a world that gives more importance to personal gain, wealth and power over human life and the well-being of the planet was shocking to us. We are losing little by little — a clean ocean, vast marine ecosystems, basic human rights and much more that authorities and governments turn a blind eye to. We thank Ian for having the courage to venture out to remote and oftentimes dangerous places to report for this book, otherwise we, as well as many others, would likely never know the truth about The Outlaw Ocean.

About VioDance

Davor Jelacic & Rebeca "Becky" Sánchez are VioDance, a duo composed of a DJ/producer and a classically trained violinist and multi-instrumentalist. In Spain, where they reside, they record violin covers in their home studio, and shoot original music videos to share on their YouTube channel.

Davor & Rebeca met back in 2007 in an online RPG game, and their love for music and video games is what brought them closer together. Rebeca, in Venezuela, and Davor, in Bosnia-Herzegovina, chatted daily for about two years before traveling across the world to meet each other in real life. After that day, they joined their talents in music to create covers and different versions of songs from all kinds of genres (classical crossover, electronica, pop, video games and movie soundtracks — you name it!), combining multiple instruments in their music and putting their own spin on the composer’s work, while also making it their own.

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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