Budapest, Hungary



Behind the Music

As a musician, my favorite part of The Outlaw Ocean Music Project was getting access to Ian’s extensive audio library and finding the perfect sample to use in my music. I had a rough idea of the direction I wanted to go prior to making my sweep of the library, but these sound samples and the voice recordings were a primary inspiration for me. After finding the clips I wanted, each arrangement seamlessly flowed together. I wanted to direct my signature style of house music towards a vibe that organically translates the words, so I tried a few different combinations and came up with an authentic and raw sound for my tracks.

I don’t think I’m alone when I say that I previously had no idea about what was happening out on international waters, which is why I think the most important part of this project to me is raising awareness of the situation. Understanding and being aware of an issue is the first step towards solving it.

About Nalestar

Music has played an integral part in the life of Levente Nagy (also known as Nalestar) from an early age, learning to play the violin and the piano as a child. He then continued with classical music studies after graduation, which inspired him to also take a look at what electronic music had to offer. In late 2017 the Nalestar project was born that focused on house music and its subgenres. Since the introduction of the project, he's had over 20 million streams combined on his tracks on various streaming platforms, and was supported by heavy-hitters of the genre such as Afrojack, Don Diablo, Hardwell and Lucas & Steve, just to name a few.

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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