Leiden, Netherlands

Trouble in Paradise


Behind the Music

I always like to layer eerie and otherworldly touches into my music, which is why the chapter ‘The Lone Patrol’ served as the biggest inspiration for me when crafting my tracks. Reading about the crimes taking place against the backdrop of the secluded tropical landscape of Palau painted an interesting juxtaposition for me of a sinisterly idyllic place. This realm was intriguing to explore through music. More than that, I felt a deep connection with the struggles of the people in the Palau region and any people of a region close to the sea. Being from Leiden, a small city in the Netherlands, I understand the war against water from a land perspective and can empathize with the constant battles it brings.

About DeeB

DeeB, from Leiden, the Netherlands, is a Dutch composer and producer of laid back electronic music/beats in the genres between hip hop and trip hop. He is known for his typical organic style of morphing his sampled sounds (which are mostly found on old records, movies and field recordings) into a blend of ambient-hip hop tracks, inspired by nature, in their own cinematical place and time.

He has released several solo and collaborative projects on various international labels such as Café del Mar, Chillhop Records, Dust Collectors, Dusted Wax Kingdom, and Cult Classic Records.

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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