Neuch√Ętel, Switzerland

Time Is Drowning


Behind the Music

Although I come from a family of many sailors, the ocean still hides so many mysteries to me. I found it exciting to investigate and solve some of them through The Outlaw Ocean Music Project and Ian’s reporting. Having that already established connection to the sea through my relatives also made me even more eager to contribute. 

Composing music based on a book was a first for me and, as such, made it a special experience. Once I came to fully understand the stake of this journalistic mission Ian embarked on, inspiration flowed like water. Given this was new territory for me, I also decided to take the opportunity to experiment with new elements of ambient music that remained true to my folk-hop sound. I tried to emulate spacious atmospheres and use immersive effects that transported listeners to the vast open sea.

About C4C

Jesse Aymon Dettwiler, most commonly known as “C4C,” is a multi-instrumentalist composer and music producer. Born in Lens, northern France, on December 13, 1997, he is the result of a cultural mix between an Australian mother and a Swiss-German father.

It was right after his ten years of music education that he started recording music in May 2013. Pursuing his dream of one day becoming a sound engineer in a recording studio, he published music of a wide variety of genres, including indie folk, hip-hop, classical, jazz, reggae, opera, ambient, trap bass and electro house, to name a few.

In 2019, after having achieved a little success with over 200 Bandcamp releases, he decided to refocus his music, bringing together what he likes the most in one music style. This is what he calls folk-hop music.

Since then, he has attracted the attention of many music references, and has released music with Chill Select, ChilledCow, Hip Dozer, Chillhop Music and other notable record labels.

He currently lives in Neuchâtel, Switzerland and is studying sound design.


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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