Almaty, Kazakhstan

Ocean of Crimes


Behind the Music

From the very outset, I was inspired by The Outlaw Ocean Music Project. The very idea and concept of melding journalism and music is so unique and thought-provoking. Like any creative, I always seek to reach a wider audience and feel the responses from listeners. Everyone perceives music in their own way, depending on their sensitivity and personal feelings. But I sincerely hope my music doesn’t leave a listener indifferent to what is happening at sea. While I might not have changed much about how I create my songs, what is different is the added depth these tracks have within the context of this project. The meaning is in these evocative stories and issues raised through Ian’s reporting.

About KMTR

Konstantin was born in Almaty (the ex-capital of Kazakhstan). He started his music career as a drummer in local punk rock bands before his interests switched to electronic music. Having mastered synthesizers and sequencers he became an arranger for many performers in his hometown.

At the same time, Konstantin became a radio host and club DJ, spinning the most interesting and underground electronic music of different genres (from Italo Disco to Techno). During these years, he released a lot of music in collaboration with other musicians and as a solo artist under different monikers. His works were released by labels such as Audiotong, Top-40, Human Resources, Volking Music, Ethereal, Kidnap and Disco Halal, to name a few.

Last year, Konstantin resided in Sofia, Bulgaria, where he composed music for theater performances and exhibitions. Together with his colleague and friend, theater director Mariy Rosen, they created a synth-pop project, Help Me Jones. The duo released four full-length albums to date, and have had a lot of concerts in Bulgaria and around Europe.

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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