Dresden, Germany

A Whale on the Edge of the World


Behind the Music

My music is heavily inspired by nature. I love the ocean, so I am very grateful to be participating in this project and for the opportunity to use my music to make a difference. I like the concept of melding different arts to raise awareness about certain issues, especially since these topics affect every one of us although we rarely hear about them. I am also excited that my music can help support Ian’s mission to fight the lawlessness occuring on the high seas.

About Azaleh

Leonard Körner, also known as the producer and DJ Azaleh, was born in 1996 in Germany. His journey writing electronic music began in autumn 2014, when he decided to lock himself in his room during school holidays, figuring out Ableton and taking his first creative steps. Blending light and darkness within his music, he has reached out to many listeners all over the planet. His music evokes a feeling of nostalgia and encourages people to drift off into a dreamy place, far beyond the confines of our everyday life. While his music is reminiscent of days gone by, it also envisions a future filled with hope. His focus is to catch the audience through vibrations that hold onto them and unfold throughout the compositions.

Over the few past years, he has shifted creative directions, leading him onto an individual path full of stories and sounds that he hasn't told yet. He draws most of his inspiration from long walks in the forest, mother nature and conversations late at night, which is reflected in his unique signature.

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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