Keys & Copper

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Better Days


Behind the Music

Normally, when creating music, we find inspiration in sounds, moods and stories in our own environments and surroundings. That process was different with The Outlaw Ocean Music Project. Getting to know Ian’s reporting and the different people he highlights in his journalism was one of our favorite parts of the project. Initially, the tales of The Outlaw Ocean felt far away. We knew they were important and were roused by them, but nevertheless they seemed foreign — like something you’d only see on TV. After consuming Ian’s works and participating in this project, we’ve come to see exactly how far these issues reach and the necessity of our actions to help rectify them. 

While this was an unusual way of working for us, we remained acutely aware of how innovative this project is. It’s the first-ever experiment where we’re making music organically born out of real stories, and bringing awareness to them through our works. Collaborating with Ian and all the others who really believe in the goal of The Outlaw Ocean Project was moving, and it certainly helped our creation process. 

Keys & Copper
About Keys & Copper

With millions of streams on Spotify and YouTube already, duo Keys & Copper successfully hit the world with their unique, funky tropical house sound. Multi-instrumentalists Jeroen and Melle both feel the need to express their love for combining real instruments with electronic spices, using their own vocals, guitar, sax and keys in the studio and on stage. From Amsterdam to Ibiza, their audience keeps on growing.

With 10 releases and counting, Keys & Copper has been featured in New Music Friday playlists all over the world like The Netherlands, Germany and China. Besides several other editorial lists on Spotify, Deezer and Apple Music, they got their tracks synced on Dutch national television and they did a radio guest mix at the SLAM! FM Mix Marathon. In 2020, Keys & Copper played their own song, “Let Me Love You,” live on the Dutch national radio station, Qmusic. Further, they were booked at the Vrienden Van Amstel VIP party, AFAS Live, Carré Amsterdam, a club night with Olivier Weiter, and additional shows in The Maldives, India and more.

For this year, the aim is to boost their reputation with solid stream hits, funky club vibes and many inspiring collaborations. 

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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