Behind the Music
Reading The Outlaw Ocean isn’t just worthwhile, it’s necessary. The impact of this book has shaken me straight to my core, so much so that I plan to make my children read it. Learning of these stories of human suffering and perseverance like that of the women in “Adelaide’s Journey” and the two stowaways in “Jail Without Bars,” and digesting this information has been an eye-opening experience. It’s one I believe is vital for others to go through as well.
Each part of the book was moving to me, but the one most poignant and inspiring to me was that of Rebecca Gomperts and the Women on Waves initiative in the chapter “Adelaide’s Voyage.” It was this chapter I decided to base my EP on. I wanted to capture the risks these women were taking as well as the strength of character they possessed.
As a musician, I’ve recognized that artists oftentimes intentionally and unintentionally highlight the emotions and feelings surrounding all kinds of struggle, whether it’s racism, violence, brutality or injustice. You don’t even need lyrics to accomplish it. You just need sound — the broken character of a composition or a dark ambiance — to reflect these issues to a listener.
Brussels-based Airwave needs no introduction to any Dance music lover globally. Making music for more than two decades and among those still at the top of their game, Airwave has had a voluminous discography under various aliases over the years.
In the past decade, Airwave has dug deeper into the sound of Progressive and developed a new subculture with his colleague John 00 Fleming, forging a new path and sounds alongside the Underground Dance scene. The culminating point of this move was the release of “Parallel Lines” in 2013. As a sought after DJ, Airwave has played some of the world’s most famous venues and stages. He is a Tomorrowland regular, he has played the Progressive Stage at ASOT, spun at the Ministry of Sound, been featured at Ibiza, and criss-crossed around the world with packed tour schedules.
Airwave is also a well known sound designer and has developed a myriad of products which help other producers fast track their own creative paths. His sounds and samples are highly prized by top DJs from all over the dance music industry. Airwave is especially proud of his work with Korg and the classic Wavestate Synthesizer, which ships with his factory performances.
In 2020, Airwave released several EPs and is also exploring new directions, such as further developing his talents and delving into film scoring.