Dex Arson

Niagara Falls, Canada



Behind the Music

I spent a better portion of my childhood marveling majestic whales from the other side of a plexiglass cage. As I got older, I became more morally conflicted over the idea of keeping wild animals in captivity for entertainment. Reading “Hunting Hunters” gave me hope, as I learned of the seafarers who risk their lives to put an end to the capturing and slaughtering of beautiful animals such as whales. I want my music to be a testament to that cause, and reflect a range of emotions I experienced during “Hunting Hunters” — the foreboding feeling upon first being introduced to the whaling ships, the adrenaline of the chase, and the acceptance of viewing defeat as another chance to do good.

Dex Arson
About Dex Arson

Connor Bamforth, known by his stage name Dex Arson, is an electronic music producer and DJ hailing from Niagara Falls, Ontario. Starting out playing in bands in his early teens, Connor began his music career as a guitarist and singer. Shortly after high school, he began teaching himself how to produce and design his own electronic music. That's where this journey began. With a sound that spreads from hard electro to heavy dubstep, he is certainly beginning to leave his mark in the music scene. In 2017, Connor gained quite a bit of attention on his YouTube channel when he went from 5,000 subscribers to 100,000 in just two short months. His increase in subscribers is a big part of how his fans came to know him. By opening for large acts like Zomboy and Space Laces and supporting heavy hitters such as Figure, Midnight Tyrannosaurus, Dr. Ozi, Dion Timmer and more, Connor has made it very clear he has no signs of slowing down.

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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