Chandler, USA

Project Uncharted


Behind the Music

Throughout the process of writing and producing the Uncharted EP for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, I found myself asking: “What separates people who are trapped living on boats and me? How easily could I have been born somewhere else, and had to experience less fortunate circumstances?” Reading Ian’s reporting was a catalyst for these musings, specifically the chapter “Jail Without Bars.” When you shift the perspective of the seas — a world commonly seen as a place of paradise and leisure —into something sinister and threatening, it gives a new meaning to living safely on land. Gaining this insight into what really happens in the ocean was incredibly eye-opening and led me to ponder things that pulled me deeper in the world of The Outlaw Ocean. 

I also looked to visual content as much as I could when composing my tracks — grey clouds over a navy blue ocean, almost pitch black control rooms, illuminated by nothing but red light and the glow of the radar screen and buttons. Bass and electronic music are genres I feel don’t always pay attention to these sorts of environments, usually because they’re too loud and flashy. Finding that balance between power and the unusual ambience of life at sea captured by Ian and ultimately translating it into song was thrilling.

About Viperactive

Julian Gooden, AKA "Viperactive," is an 19-year-old bass music artist from Chandler, AZ. He started at an early age playing heavy metal drums, and went on to start production at age 14. His love for heavy music can be heard throughout his own style, being influenced by acts like Slipknot and Metallica. Viperactive has lots of new and exciting tunes are coming, including "Cabin Fever," which was released on Excision's new label Subsidia on 9/27, and his EP, "Project Uncharted" for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project with The New York Times journalist, Ian Urbina out on October 9, as well as multiple releases on Buygore, Firepower Records & Odio Records.

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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