São Paulo, Brazil

Through Waves


Behind the Music

For this project, our main objective was to capture the specific emotions expressed in various chapters of the book in our songs. We recognized that even though the ocean is a wonderous subject, we still need to portray the evil that goes on out there. So, those unique emotions we tried to capture in our songs are more like mixed feelings of admiration combined with a little bit of courage and fear. We wanted to give the listener a taste of what it’s like being stranded deep in the middle of the ocean. 

At the same time, we don’t like our songs to represent a fearful or violent feeling. We believe that even the most aggressive situations can be dealt with a different perspective than showing the true evil within. So, the idea was to absorb that evil reality and make it more poetic and soft so the listeners could contemplate the true message behind the whole project.

We were deeply impacted by The Outlaw Ocean Music Project from the first time we made contact with Ian. It’s shocking to think about the distance between us and the people that live at sea. We tried to imagine ourselves in their situations. It was also amazing to realize that the ocean, which we once admired purely for its natural beauty, is actually a prison for many. Before this project, we had never thought about looking at the “dark” side of the ocean. It really opened our minds to a whole new perspective!

About Rooftime

Rooftime came together once they were on their house roof instead of at college, even before their ideas were put into practice in the studio - hence the name Rooftime, in literal translation, “roof time.” Lisandro Carvalho and brothers Gabriel and Rodrigo Souza Pinto were recognized for  their talent in music production even before performing live for the first time. Their first single, "I Will Find" was released in September 2018 by the giant Dutch label, Spinnin Records.

In 2020, Rooftime released the exhilarating track, ‘Free My Mind’ - an irresistible blend of acoustic and electronic elements.

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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