Wustrow, Germany

The Change


Behind the Music

I’ve always considered storytelling an important aspect of my productions ever since I first started creating music. I always want to evoke emotions in my listeners, setting the stage for something that could happen inside their heads. I believe that if you carefully create an atmosphere and develop it in a certain direction, then people will be pulled onto a journey down that road. In the specific case of The Outlaw Ocean, I found a way to connect the message of Ian’s audio recordings with the universal language of music. I used Ian’s voice and the story it tells as a backbone for my music, and sculpted my sound around it. 

It was really exciting to work a message into my music that goes far beyond the usual context of the dancefloor. While it retains the sound of dance music, the meaning has so much more depth. I specifically picked voice recordings that dealt with the ecosystem of the oceans and the consequences of drilling for oil as these were two of the most important issues to me. To help create a deeper connection, I took the word “change” and used it as a repetitive rhythmic element, thus blending spoken word into non-verbal sound. Repetition can be an extremely powerful part of music, but it’s also a good way to reinforce something and that’s the story I wanted to tell — to remind people we have to change our way of living.

About Mollono.Bass

Far away from the urban scene hotspots, Mollono.Bass developed a style that is as vibrant and varied as the cycle of the seasons. Just like the forests and fields of his rural neighbourhood look very different in the warm sunshine of a spring day than they do in the mysterious fogs of autumn, the sound of Mollono.Bass creates a wide range of atmospheres. This makes his productions as well as his DJ and live sets an adventurous journey through genres, styles and soundscapes.

Since 1995 Mollono.Bass is on a never-ending journey of discovery that takes him to euphoric heights and into delirious depths. Besides his passion for remixing he also loves to work with friends. His most popular joint venture is Kombinat100, a four person combo that has long become an annual highlight at Fusion Festival's Seebühne since they first played in 2001. Also projects like Eule:nhaupt & Molle:nhauer, Rundfunk3000 or the collaboration with Ava Asante have stirred seriously good times at countless clubs and just as many festivals.

In 2006, the signature style of Mollono.Bass, often referred to as ‘Acker Sound,’ became an actual institution. His label Acker Records is an independent platform for playful experiments on the field of electronic dance music. Being a part of the 3000° artist collective, Mollono.Bass is also one of the driving forces behind the music label with the same name, the 3000° Festival and the party series ‘Wanderzirkus.’

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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