Maximus MMC

Hong Kong



Behind the Music

Melding music with journalism can widen the reach of Ian’s reporting to create a bigger impact. Journalists don’t often get enough credit for their incredible and risky work, and I feel blessed with the opportunity to use my music to spread awareness about Ian’s work to as many people as possible.

I don’t just want my music to be a compilation of random sounds. Instead, I have always dreamed about making a big impact with my music, creating tracks that shed light on issues that humans face on this planet. This project has allowed me to do just that. Working on this project has also forced me to step out of my comfort zone and allowed me to gain knowledge about the environmental and human rights concerns at sea that I may not have been exposed to otherwise. Ian’s stories, which I interpret in my music, open our eyes to the secrets that the oceans tend to hide. We need to be aware of issues so that we can start to tackle them, and as an artist, it is important for me to help bring attention to the issues that are lesser known.

Maximus MMC
About Maximus MMC

Maximus MMC is a Hong Kong-based producer part of the Flow Fi collective, a forward-thinking Hip-Hop/Nu Soul indie label with members based all over the world. He has previously released music, including his highly-acclaimed collaborative project "Kinship," under the independent record label run by fellow Australian producer, aywy, and New Jersey-based producer, subdaio. Currently crafting his debut LP, expected to release in 2020, Maximus MMC pushes his passion forward to bring his own input to the beat making and hip-hop music scene. His notorious sets are an exhibit of these genre-blending sounds, having played alongside the likes of A$AP Ferg, Pusha T, GoldLink, Smino to Masego while headlining Kitsuné Club Nights to Rinse FM shows. Receiving nods from tastemaking imprints like Pigeons and Planes to VICE and THUMP, Maximus MMC continues to push his sound and positive stage energy forward from Paris to the world, one bpm at a time.

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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