Mike Wit

Valencia, Spain



Behind the Music

Making the music for this project, I wanted to make the listeners feel what was going on in these stories. I think it’s really important to raise people’s awareness. There are some serious problems on the planet earth and projects like The Outlaw Ocean Music Project that implement this new approach to journalism are very necessary. I always try to tell stories through my music, so when Ian contacted me to do this, I was hooked. I completely agreed that the music itself would evoke all the feelings I wanted to transmit. When you think about words and music, both are powerful weapons, but sometimes music is able to make you feel things that words simply can’t. I focused a lot on putting myself in the place of the people Ian wrote about to understand how they felt and I tried to put all those emotions into my music. And I think it went pretty well. I called one of the tracks, “Deep End” because it’s a ballad which tries to express the feelings of sadness, injustice, isolation and the vastness of the ocean. Those were the feelings the chapter, “The Middleman” gave me, so I just tried to express this in the song. I was pleased with the final result.

I hope the music I created for this project will gain some visibility because it’s different from the music I usually produce. It’s always a pleasure to get out of my comfort zone and enjoy making different kinds of music.

Mike Wit
About Mike Wit

DJ, producer and pianist, Mike Wit is one of most promising production talents to emerge from Spain in the melodic, deep and tropical house scene. Hailing from Valencia, this rising star has received props from industry heavyweights including: The Chainsmokers, Lost Frequencies, Sam Feldt, Robin Schulz, Shaun Frank or Addal.

Establishing himself as a leader in the latin pop, deep house and electronic genres within Spain, this young talent continues to take the electronic and urban community by storm with his iconic, feel-good melodies and inspiring rifts.

 Mike Wit first started to capture the scene's attention with his "One Republic- Apologize" remix which climbed to more than 500,000 plays, closely followed by his incredible "Fool's Garden - Lemon Tree" remix which managed to reach over 1.5 million plays. Mike Wit's sound and melodies were born ready for the poolside, but his groovy Deep House and powerful sets can also make your night in the club unforgettable.

Mike Wit collaborated with some top Spanish mainstream artists and his single “Dive” with Damien & Maria Escarmiento climbed to  #1 on Spanish Youtube Trending. He also received a 2020 Latin Grammy Awards pre-nominee with his contribution to the track “Crazy” with Diego Val, GARABATTO and Vinny Venditto (Eminem, Jay Z, Nicki Minaj, Pitbull, Farruko…).

Mike Wit has managed to encapsulate a relaxed, good vibe feel, while at the same time maintaining his classic training and iconic melodies. The future looks bright for this young talent.

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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