Behind the Music
I grew up on an island in the Baltic. My father was a sailor, so any time in my childhood not on the sandy beaches of home was spent aboard his ship. As such, it’s difficult to imagine my life without the sea. It touches me, my music and my soul, which is what made participating in The Outlaw Ocean Music Project so special to me. Reading Ian’s book was a revelatory experience, and helped me see another side of the ocean. I was most shocked at the fact that millions of sharks are poached and killed every year for their fins, which are a valued delicacy in certain parts of the world. I wanted to capture the nature of the sea — the duality and power of this space — in order to help others better understand it as well.
The creative process for this project felt entirely natural and organic for me. Where I usually spend an extended amount of time building out a concept, my contribution for this was done in a month and came intuitively. I locked myself in my studio, extracting noises and phrases from Ian’s sound archive and combining them with other audio clips I’m a fan of, like underwater sounds. I hope the experience is as invigorating for individuals to listen as it was for me to create.
The winters in Dmitry Kuzmin’s home city of St. Petersburg are to be endured rather than enjoyed. But like his musical counterparts across the Baltic in Scandinavia, it’s given Kuzmin (aka Nuage) the perfect excuse to just stay inside, nerd out and make music. There’s a warmth and coziness to his productions – a mix of neo-classical ambience, sultry future 2-step and feather-light deep house – that are undoubtedly due to hunkering down, but others are the sonic offspring of memories of summers.