Leuven, Belgium



Behind the Music

In my mind, there is one main parallel between making music and reporting a piece of journalism — they both revolve around telling a story that triggers certain emotions in people. In my case, with my music, these have always been feelings of melancholy, desolation and sorrow, which is exactly what I envision most experience when reading the horrible stories Ian unravels in The Outlaw Ocean. 

What makes this album unlike any other I’ve created is that, this time, the story my music revolves around isn’t a fictional one created by me for the sake of a song. Rather, it’s entirely real-life, making the emotions felt in response to them even more raw. I hope the songs I created will make Ian’s storytelling even more impactful, helping to spread his vital message about the critical state our oceans are in.

About Poldoore

Mixing samples and live instrumentation into a dynamic blend that sits somewhere between moody laid-back and swirling upbeat, Belgium-based producer and DJ Poldoore made his first mark on the music scene in 2013 with his debut album “The Day Off.” That same year he kicked off his first European tour, turning heads at major festivals such as Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival, Dour Festival and Tomorrowland, earning him a widespread and loyal fanbase. His follow-up album “The Day After” saw the daylight in 2016, enjoying similar success and confirming Poldoore’s organic, contagious sound. Since then, he has crafted several singles and EPs on international labels such as Chinese Man Records, Cold Busted, Darker Than Wax, Lowtemp and Nowadays Records, next to remixes for established artists such as Selah Sue, Talib Kweli, Wax Tailor and Stones Throw's Declaime.

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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