Manchester, England

These Waters


Behind the Music

I was inspired by the Bob Barker and Sea Shepherd crews to create an album that would mirror the emotional journey these crews faced in the chapter, ‘Storming The Thunder.’ Each track is meant to highlight feelings the crew might have experienced at each point in the chase: from the perseverance and adrenaline tied to the close encounters with the Thunder, to the feelings of exhaustion during moments of respite - finally culminating with the relief the crew felt watching The Thunder be swallowed by the ocean.  

While I hope the public is able to experience chasing the Thunder through my music, I also want to dedicate my album to the Bob Barker and Sea Shepherd crews. I hope that they may listen to these songs in reminiscence of their feat — the longest chase in nautical history.

About Konteks

Konteks is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer based in Manchester, U.K. At the start of his music career in 2017, he embraced the culture of the lo-fi beat-making scene and quickly made a name for himself with his lush, ethereal beats. Nowadays amassing over 10 million streams on tracks such as “City Samba,” he is producing full-time and doesn’t aim to slow the pace.

Winner of the 2021 Scripps Howard Award for Excellence in Innovation in Journalism

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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