Lisbon, Portugal



Behind the Music

I would be lying if I said I was an avid reader. I don’t often find myself hooked on a book and devouring the pages. That wasn’t the case while reading The Outlaw Ocean. The book grabbed me as soon as I started, and I immediately felt like I was launched into an almost 3-D experience. Normally when you read a book, there’s just the text and maybe a movie adaptation to watch. But, with The Outlaw Ocean, there was so much additional material — pictures and videos and audio and now music — that allowed me to experience Ian’s six-year journey through his eyes. 

While I love working and producing for other artists, what really struck me about The Outlaw Ocean Music Project was how vast it was. Just like the experience when reading the book, there were so many different parts to this project. I was drawn to the sheer magnitude as well as the altruistic nature of the project. On the whole, making music isn’t always inherently altruistic, even if the motivation behind it is. Most of the time, you create music with the intention that it will improve the lives of listeners, but very rarely do you feel like your music is a force for change, as was fortunately the case with this project. What Ian is doing — sharing these stories of the voiceless — is so important, and I’m just thankful I was able to help him in his mission.

About Davwave

When asked where he's based out of, Nadav Chatinover (also known as Nadav, Davwave and half of duo Lé Vie) doesn't know whether to say Lisbon, Los Angeles, Russia, NYC, Argentina or any of the numerous places he hovers while producing artists from around the globe and touring. His first production credit, Heaven by Richie Campbell, earned him his first platinum record and his next few with Plutónio, Mishlawi, Feduk and Trace Nova helped add to that collection. The past few years have been experimental for him, working on cross-border multi-lingual collabs, playing his first European music festival, writing the theme music for a PBS show and creating experimental audio-visual pieces for esteemed New York Times bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize-winner Ian Urbina, sampling the audio and footage of his six year oceanic voyage detailing lawlessness in our oceans. The year 2021 seems to be promising for Nadav, with more flights booked, his first solo album underway and overseeing production projects overseas, he shows no signs of slowing down his vagabond lifestyle. He is in pursuit of merging all genres in order to finally bring the listeners of the world together.

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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