Toronto, Canada

The Deep


Behind the Music

Ian provides a deep and detailed level of insight through his reporting. Using stories such as that of the Oyang 75 and some of his own first-hand accounts, Ian takes the reader on a revelatory journey of The Outlaw Ocean and I knew I wanted to do the same with my music for this project. To accomplish this, I used orchestral sounds that evoked thoughts of the sea as well as some of Ian’s own vocal clips, which I specifically added to my first song “Hunters.” Adding commentary directly from the narrator of the book enhances the experience for the listener so they can more clearly picture what is happening as the song progresses. Art of any kind that directly addresses a topic can help spread awareness, which is exactly what is needed when there are issues like this happening around the world. From the book to the reporting to the music, The Outlaw Ocean Project is a huge eye-opener.

About ZABO

Growing up in Niagara Falls, Canada, DJ/producer ZABO, born Dan Szabo, was introduced to electronic music at an early age. During his time at university, Dan became fascinated with music composition, which led him to study audio and recording technology at the well-known OIART in London, Ontario. After several years of formal education and informal music education programs, Dan began developing his music persona “ZABO,” which was focused on a heavy electro and big-room sound. Shortly after graduating, ZABO moved to Toronto, where he was heavily influenced by the bass community. This led to the rearchitecting of ZABO’s brand and led to the introduction of the mid-tempo sound you know today. 

Today, ZABO’s music is widely known throughout China and the U.S. He’s seen massive viral success on TikTok and Douyin, with multiple number 1 tracks. His song “Drown” has been streamed internationally over a billion times and he’s gained strong Spotify editorial support for his bass heavy track “Breathe.” ZABO’s music is infectious, he carries a trademark bass sound propelled by high quality production that continues to transcend international boundaries. For an artist who is just getting started, ZABO presents tons of potential with a lot of exciting opportunities on the horizon in 2021.

The Journalism

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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