Dave Neven

Miami, USA

A Message


Behind the Music

Being part of this project really inspired me to dig deeper and branch out of my standard “4x4” dance music. I loved the challenge of thinking outside of the box, and creating something I wouldn’t normally create. It was a thrill to create something intangible and abstract, but that a listener can use as a vehicle to see and feel the stories Ian tells so vividly. I really wanted to focus on the emotions I felt watching and reading the contents of The Outlaw Ocean, and express them through music. I took a more cinematic approach — something I’ve been wanting to try — in crafting my tracks, using different sound bites from the live recordings in order to make my listeners experience what I felt as I created my songs.

Showing someone something on top of telling them through words creates a different perspective for an audience. In this case, the audience can see exactly what issues are present and the harsh reality Ian reveals to us. I had always known there were issues on the open seas regarding lawlessness and violence; however I was completely unaware of its full extent. Ian truly opened my eyes, as well as many others, to just how horrible it actually is. 

Dave Neven
About Dave Neven

Hailing from the “Windy City,” better known as Chicago, Los Angeles-based trance and progressive artist Dave Neven is quickly catching the attention of many. With over 15 years of production experience, the talented artist has developed his own unique and signature style of trance music, combining dark techno elements, with driving bass lines, and ‘dark-uplifting’ melodies. “Darklifting” has been coined as Dave Neven’s style all over the world. 

Dave is also known for his work under his two aliases, Ocata and Sector7. His Ocata alias focuses on the deeper, slower tempo, progressive side, while Sector7 is more energetic and full-on uplifting trance. Both aliases have seen much praise from the best in the industry. 

Staying busy, Dave is also a host of the radio show Digital Noise Radio, which focuses on progressive, techno, and trance within the EDM umbrella. Aside from his constant producing and radio show, Dave also teaches electronic music production, both online and in-person. 

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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