Amsterdam, Netherlands



Behind the Music

It is commonly agreed upon that we as human beings know little about the oceans. The Outlaw Ocean gave me detailed and enticing insights on how we use and misuse this insanely large, mysterious territory. It actually feels like a free-for-all on another planet, which in reality, is taking place in our own backyard. It seems like exploring and living on the oceans brings out the best, and frighteningly, also the worst in us.

The “Waves” EP tells the story of exploring the world while traveling the oceans. I’ve tried to capture the emotions involved in stressful journeys of explorers, hoping for a new promised land. Think Christopher Columbus, who himself is a two-sided figure, of course. The more we’ve come to know about these unbelievable large bodies of water, the more we realize that they aren’t limitless and invulnerable to our footprint. The oceans are in fact very fragile and stuck between hostile land. We’re continuously developing a better understanding for the world around us, but that understanding seems to grow with fierce ups and downs.

About Estiva

Dutch-born Steven Baan, better known as DJ and producer Estiva, is at the forefront of a new musical movement. Drawing inspiration from the beauty and dualities of the natural world and connecting the seemingly unconnected, he produces a unique and eclectic blend of progressive, melodic techno, trance and anything in between. 

Whether he is playing packed clubs around the globe or festivals such as Tomorrowland, Ultra Music Festival or Dreamstate, Estiva takes his listeners on an intimate, emotional and spiritually enlivening journey. Hailed by Armin van Buuren as one of the biggest musical talents of this moment, Estiva has only just begun building his musical sanctuary. 

His recently released album “Metamorphoses” marks the next evolutionary step of Estiva’s  artistic development. The album was inspired by the namesake classic epic by Ovid, who noted that, “All things flow, all things are born to change their shape.” It explores various and more deeper parts of the electronic music spectrum and has been well-received in the electronic dance world.

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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