L-Wiz

Stockholm, Sweden

Ivory Coast

Electronic

Behind the Music

The best way to describe the impact of The Outlaw Ocean is that it’s an eye opener for everyone. Chapters like “Waste Away” and “Hunting Hunters” reveal the gruesome and shocking details of what really happens on the high seas. Art is often a reaction to events that helps us deal with things difficult to comprehend. In this context, creating songs in reaction to the stories of The Outlaw Ocean helps enhance the effect it has and broadens who is touched by it. Ian’s reporting reveals the duality of the ocean most are unaware of, and I wanted my music to do the same — showing how one moment can be a picture of calm, while the next is the perfect storm.

L-Wiz
About L-Wiz

Claes Rosén and Ola Näslund from Nynäshamn form the duo known as L-Wiz.

Although not from UK shores, their love for UK Bass Music in the early noughties put them on the path to being one of the early contributors of the emerging genre of Dubstep, a UK genre which has gone on to influence many aspects of mainstream bass music culture. In 2003 they reached out to Caspa, through what was back then the legendary dubplate.net forum, one of the only forums where the early originators and pioneers of the sound were able to connect and share ideas.

This fateful interaction culminated in the first L-Wiz release on the irrefutable Dub Police label. From then on, L-Wiz has had a slew of releases on labels such as Universal Music, Sony Music and their crew label, All Out Dubstep. Recognition of the Duo’s achievement in this sphere led to them winning the P3 Gold music prize in 2012 for “Dance of the Year” from the Swedish radio channel Sveriges Radio P3. In 2015 they released their debut Album, “The Orange Tree,” a showcase of the duo’s unique style. The album is an eclectic combination of ideas which are the culmination of the pair’s passion and sonic history.

The duo has expanded into the area of label management, with the launch of their record label NA Records in 2018. With this, they can continue to provide an outlet for their sound and use it as a platform to launch others.

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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