Hamburg, Germany

Bon Voyage


Behind the Music

While the notion of combining music and journalism was new to me, I was instantly inspired by the idea of creating a painting of The Outlaw Ocean through music. Music can underline a mood or emotion, and the reporting and storytelling in this book has so many feelings to express. What’s more is the gratifying notion that the music I create could have a positive impact — both in shedding light on these topics and bolstering future journalism of this kind. I had never considered or encountered anything like this project, and that’s exactly what drew me to it.

About snaer.

The young Hamburg/Germany based producer’s beats are nodding and laidback with a lo-fi flavour, well-dosed vocal sprinkles and jazzy samples. Veranda is his debut beattape, meanwhile he has released another beattape drftwoods and placed beats on releases by Alanna Aguiar and Zac Flewids amongst others. Also make sure you checkout his remixes on SoundCloud.

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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