Joep Mencke

Maastricht, The Netherlands

I Sea


Behind the Music

My whole experience with The Outlaw Ocean Music Project has been a beautiful process and an incredible learning experience. It completely changed my perspective on the oceans. While I consider myself to be relatively well-educated on sustainability, reading Ian’s reporting shocked me. I had knowledge of overfishing and pollution, but the oceans always felt like something far away and distant. This project helped change that, making me see the bigger picture, and understand how everything is interconnected and that action is needed now. 

My favorite part of working on this project was having the chance to create with intention and toward a bigger cause. Creating music with a specific intention reveals a whole new dimension. Normally I create music for the club scene, which has a specific tone and feel to it. This project gave me so much creative freedom as an artist and the opportunity to experiment with other musical forms and explore different interests, from trying out new beats and grooves to even recording on the saxophone and using my own vocals. We as humans need to change our relationship with the sea, and this is my way of making an impact and fueling that shift. 

Joep Mencke
About Joep Mencke

Joep Mencke is a producer based in the Netherlands. Through his DJ sets, breath-work and, recently, his new live-set, he uses his music to facilitate an inward journey. Through musical storytelling, he aims to provide a vehicle for exploration and transformation. His music, which is heavily inspired by nature and the immensely diverse cultures on this planet, can be characterized as compelling, deep, and melodious. Melancholic chord progressions, hypnotizing bass-lines and driving drums will accompany you on your journey.

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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