Den Haag, Netherlands

Sailing in the Mist


Behind the Music

Besides being a composer, I’m also a sound designer. Given this, storytelling in sound is something I think is very important. To portray such a salient issue in music is a true honor for me. Ian’s reporting shocked me, and I hope the rest of the world can also experience this shock when they read the book or listen to the music. It is inspiring and sometimes scary how close Ian gets to his subjects in his reporting. For example, the first radio dialogue with the illegal fishing ship called the Thunder gave me shivers. From the moment I heard this dialogue, I knew I had to use it in one of my tracks.

It’s insane to learn about how the sea and marine life are governed and how messed up that governance can be. Ian’s reporting gives us a much needed glimpse of all the mess we make at sea. This project is a way for me to positively contribute, and it’s great that some of the music earnings are going toward Ian’s continued reporting. We need to support his effort so that our society can make a change.

About Poolz

The artist behind the name Poolz is a 24-year-old finishing his studies at the HKU University of the Arts Utrecht. At HKU, he studies composition and sound design. Besides making music, he does sound design for film, TV and animation. As a sound designer he has a huge passion for being a Foley artist. Poolz truly loves nature and philosophy. With his music, he tries to find the rules of nature, which are none. He doesn’t really like static rhythms or assigned sound, which are sounds that are always the same. Most people always try to find the perfect count or the perfect notes, but he feels the opposite. For Poolz, the emotion should be right. The atmosphere is much more important than the perfection of play.

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.

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