Mangal Suvarnan

Los Angeles, USA

Messengers of the Sea


Behind the Music

When I learned of the atrocities covered by Ian in his reporting, I immediately knew it was my responsibility to get involved and contribute to the message in the best way I knew how. The Outlaw Ocean is an evocative sum of reports that records vast occurrences at sea. I felt compelled to help others understand the depth of these stories, like those in the chapters “Waste Away” and “Armed and Dangerous.”  

Art, whether it’s music or any other form, speaks straight to the soul. It’s driven by emotions, and transcends the limits of language. With my EP, I want to capture a wide array of emotions that one may experience when at sea — confusion, solitude, restlessness, mourning, fear and sadness. But my main goal is to highlight the resilient force that is the human spirit captured through Ian’s storytelling. 

Mangal Suvarnan
About Mangal Suvarnan

Mangal Suvarnan is an Indian music producer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and an avid gamer who has been creating fresh, high-energy tracks on autopilot in his home studio since 2009. 

Born in Saudi Arabia, Mangal spent a substantial amount of his growing up years in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and has been an LA resident since January 2019. First discovered by Dutch artist, Laidback Luke, his music is a unique mix of contemporary and tradition, thanks to his roots and his Middle Eastern influences.

In 2018, Mangal was one of only six artists to produce an official remix for Rihanna's Billboard-topping song, “Consideration,” on Def Jam. He has collaborated with several renowned artists including, the notable Grammy-nominated BT, with whom he has just released a track on the most recent album – “The Lost Art of Longing.” 

His second release on Def Jam was a remix track for Alessia Cara’s “Out of Love” and in 2017, he released his first EP, “Winds of Destiny” on Armada Music. In 2020, Mangal released several singles on Ride Recordings, a sub-label of Black Hole Recordings, run by Myon (Mario Egeto).

His music spans across multiple industries - including film. In 2018, he wrote and produced a title song for a feature film, “Who.” The song "Who Are You," became an instant hit among audiences, earning an impressive 100,000 views in the first 24 hours of release, and is enjoying over 1 million views today.

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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