Copenhagen, Denmark

A Lonely Ocean


Behind the Music

I have always dreamt of one day sailing the world, which makes it difficult for me to pinpoint a single part of The Outlaw Ocean that particularly resonates with me. Nevertheless, I found the book to be incredibly eye-opening and surprising. One such thought-provoking chapter I found particularly interesting was “Jail Without Bars.” I was compelled by the theme of loneliness present in the book and how the sea can sometimes inspire that loneliness. I imagine myself alone in the overwhelmingly vast ocean and tried to emulate such an experience in three distinct songs that all share a similar tone.

About iamalex

iamalex is a multi-genre project, moving from lo-fi hip-hop and chillout, to disco and lo-fi house. Based in Copenhagen, iamalex releases warm, cozy beats, but also likes to vibe with darker and deeper records. iamalex started his career inspired by a variety of artists like Daft Punk, The Avalanches and DJ Shadow, to mention a few. From this inspiration, he started making his own beats, which led to a variety of vinyls, cassettes and digital releases on different labels around the world.

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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