Bucharest, Romania

A Gaze Into The Abyss


Behind the Music

As a hard dance artist, my music tends to be energetic and focus on feelings of joy and excitement. While infusing the music with a sense of hope and vitality, my main goal for this EP is to get as many people as possible thinking about the issues covered in the book and doing their own research.

For me, “The Middlemen” and “Sea Slavery” are extremely thought-provoking. They make me think about the reasons why it’s so common for people to be abused or trafficked in the fishing industry. These chapters also encourage me to think about the media’s lack of coverage of these important topics. There is also the sad reality that because these atrocities are happening so far away from most people’s everyday lives, we tend to ignore them. This reality, in turn, only makes the problems worse.

About Neolux

Neolux, aka Rudolf Christian Tvardochlib, is an independent hardstyle/hard dance producer from Romania. Having experimented under different genres beforehand as Rudy Zensky, or RVDY, Neolux created heavy dancefloor-oriented music with a strong focus on storytelling and atmosphere, making use of plenty orchestral sections blended together with synthesizers and distorted drums and drones. The project has debuted in late 2017 with the release of "Where We Belong" and has amassed over forty releases so far in just a little over two years, having had a few hit tunes with "Destination Unknown," "Invincible" and "Infinity" to name a few.

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.

Learn More