Leuven, Belgium



Behind the Music

I like writing songs with a purpose — a meaning. Ian talks about stories that are inspiring and sometimes gruesome and writing songs about those stories felt important. I think The Outlaw Ocean Music Project is a great idea because music is a medium that easily crosses borders, languages, beliefs and anything else that separates us. It can reach anyone.

About Noctilucent

Vincent Heeren is a young Belgian artist and producer known as Noctilucent, a soft electronic-pop solo-project. Heeren uses acoustic and electronic instruments along with his own voice to create music that conveys a message in both sound and word. His songs are easily portrayed as melodic, warm, simple and sincere. Next to periodically releasing his own music, Noctilucent’s voice has been featured numerous times by upcoming artists in their respective music scenes.

After taking a break to finish his studies, Heeren has decided to join The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, to project the stories Ian Urbina features in his latest book The Outlaw Ocean into music. It is a challenge he gladly accepted.

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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