Sinitus Tempo

Mount Rainier, USA

Dark Seas


Behind the Music

As a Black American, the chapter of The Outlaw Ocean that impacted me most was “Sea Slavery.” I felt I could relate to this portion of the book to the oppression I as well as other African Americans have experienced. It made me recall when I used to work a 9-to-5 job in the health field and how shackled it made me feel. I rarely ever had the time to create. The stories of these crew members, and those featured throughout Ian’s book, really put things into perspective for me. I can only imagine what it would feel like to be demanded to work and told what to do, day-in and day-out. But I’ve realized through this reporting that the rules on land don’t apply at sea. 

Music and art in general have the power to be incredibly influential. If enough people bring awareness to something then people will listen or at least become curious about it, which is what I strived to do with my contributions to The Outlaw Ocean Music Project. Some tones are more adventurous, while others are mellow and dark. I wanted to capture what it felt like being at sea, while still maintaining my own style.

Sinitus Tempo
About Sinitus Tempo

Nathan Peters, Also known by his stage name Sinitus Tempo, is an American-born musician/producer from Mount Rainier, Maryland. Working with and producing for such artists as Mick Jenkins, OG MACO, Pyramid Vritra, Azizi Gibson, Substantial, Ace Cosgrove, MED, Sammus, Jun Chikuma + More he has gained Him Recognition across many genres. He has also worked with companies such as Devolver Digital, Roll7, and has been praised by Funimation, BitTorrent.

In late 2019, Sinitus Tempo signed a publishing deal with Noir Caesar for his manga “Allure the evening primrose.” As of 2020, he has licensed his music to major restaurants, hotels, and Top Golf. He has also scored tracks for The Matrix Reborn film alongside production group "The Orchestrators," and he most recently scored the King Vader x Netflix collaboration "The Raincoat Academy."

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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