Cape Town, South Africa

Black Water


Behind the Music

The thrilling stories of Sea Shepherd chasing the Thunder, the obscure tales of Sealand and the heart-wrenching accounts from the stowaways have already moved me beyond comprehension. These narratives painted a clear image of the larger-than-life landscape of the ocean and how surreal it can sometimes be. 

While I don’t delude myself into believing I can change the world with my music, I want to share the emotions I experience with my songs and with this book, there was so much to share. While reading The Outlaw Ocean, I felt hopelessness from the laws of the sea that fail to adequately deliver justice. I experienced anger towards the crews of these criminal vessels. But I also felt hope at times, inspired by the characters in the book that show us how we can be better and do better when it comes to the ocean. 

I tried to convey this pendulum of emotions — the hope and hopelessness, the brutality and the beauty, the prison and the freedom — in an effort to show the paradox of the ocean.

About Haezer

South African producer HAEZER has been a pillar of the electro and trash scene since 2011. In just a few years, he has completed one U.S., two Australian, seven European tours, racking up hundreds of gigs along the way. 2015 was a milestone for the artist. His single “Stars” was featured on BBC1 radio and charted at No. 3 on 5FM in South Africa. A song from the same EP, “Troublemaker” featuring Tumi, was featured on EA Games’ “Need for Speed Rivals.”  In the summer of 2015, he was signed to the groundbreaking Canadian imprint Kannibalen Records, releasing a string of singles and collaborations that combined techno influences with his gritty electro sound. In 2016, HAEZER performed his debut New York show at Webster Hall with artist, Yookie. His collab track, “Beasts” with artist Holly, was featured on Nest HQ. In 2017, he released his long awaited “Ded Haus” EP with the main single being featured by Break and Enter Society on Soundcloud and on Tasty Network’s channel on Youtube. HAEZER has also composed music for Season 2 of a TV Drama series “Byl” and two feature films “Ander Mens” and “Fried Barry” in addition to mixing and sound designing the feature film “Griekwastad.” He recently toured Europe promoting his “Ded Haus” EP, playing mostly club shows and on the mainstage at Beatpatrol Festival in Austria.

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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