São Paulo, Brazil

Lonely Nights


Behind the Music

When reading The Outlaw Ocean, the chapter “Jail Without Bars'' undoubtedly hooked me the most. This chapter truly captures the duality of the sea. How it can be a get away from a reality — “an escape from landlocked life” — but also a prison of suffering and loneliness for others. I think a lot of my interest in this chapter stems from how many of us have been feeling and living right now. How many of us feel lonely and separated from reality. Despite the dramatically different situations, I think that heightened empathy inspired my songwriting. 

Ian has a knack for capturing a reader’s attention through a form of storytelling that breaks away from conventional forms of journalism. This is the first time I’ve ever seen a project explore topics such as these through music, pictures and the written word. I hope that, once people listen to the music composed for this project, their intrigue for Ian’s book grows. It’s a new opportunity to learn and raise awareness about what’s happening to our oceans in an exciting way. 

About Zerb

Across Brazil, ZERB is known as a true prodigy of Electronic Music. At the age of 20, ZERB has captured the attention and support of Martin Garrix, Tiesto, Oliver Heldens, Nervo, Sam Feldt, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Robin Schultz, Vintage Culture, Mike Williams and so many more. Spinnin' Records, Universal Music, Warner Music, Astralwerks, Disco:Wax and Sony Music have sought out ZERB's production skills to Remix their Top Talents, while ZERB's originals have been released by Armada Music, Spinnin' Records, Potion Records and Warner Music. ZERB has thrilled audiences in the thousands on the stages of Lollapalooza and Rock in Rio. The artist tours relentlessly and fills the biggest venues across Brazil and South America. With a full tour schedule, innovative new productions and overflowing release schedule, 2021 is just the beginning for this brilliant rising star.

Winner of the 2021 Scripps Howard Award for Excellence in Innovation in Journalism

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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