Dave Sinner

Barcelona, Spain

Double-Edged Freedom


Behind the Music

When I was first invited by Ian to take part in this project, I didn’t believe it was a real thing. A Pulitzer-winning journalist asking a small techno music producer to collaborate on a globe-spanning music project? It was hard to wrap my head around until I learned more about the project and Ian’s reporting. Then I began to see the project as the perfect opportunity for me to express a different and deeper side of myself through a deviation from the kinds of music I normally produce. The Outlaw Ocean’s raw stories are more than just a huge source of inspiration when creating music, but also a larger initiative to raise awareness on important matters very few know about. Knowing I could be part of that and also get the chance to express myself in a way I never had before, I jumped right in.

Dave Sinner
About Dave Sinner

Born and raised in the eclectic city of Barcelona, Dave has spent his life listening to a huge variety of music, experiencing different genres and styles and playing them for a long time, soaking up a wide range of musical influences until 2013, when he decided to capture all that inspiration in the shape of modern techno. Banging but deep, melodic, atmospheric and hypnotic, his own sound shows his versatility and signature style at the same time, giving soul to his tracks while always keeping an eye on the dance floor.

His debut EP landed in December 2015 on Gabriel D’Or & Bordoy’s Selected Records, even getting featured on Adam Beyer’s Drumcode Radio Live. Only 18 months after, his tracks have been signed to some of the hottest labels in the techno scene, such as Suara, Unrilis, Kraftek and Loose Records, hitting the Top 100 charts and getting real support and plays from a huge variety of top-notch artists: Carl Cox, Monika Kruse, Jay Lumen, Alan Fitzpatrick, Sam Paganini, Oliver Koletzki, Umek, Kevin Saunderson, Mark Reeve, Enrico Sangiuliano, Luigi Madonna, Markantonio, Bart Skils, Roberto Capuano, Karotte, Cristian Varela, Sasha Carassi, Timmo, Ramiro Lopez, Arjun Vagale, Raffaele Rizzi and the list goes on. He has also collaborated with other producers like the Dutch rising star, SAMA, and the Spanish beloved and established player, Andres Campo.

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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