Berkshire, England



Behind the Music

The concept of blending the two worlds of journalism and music inspired me to get involved. I hadn’t seen anything like this done before, and the project was an opportunity to work on creating something truly unique, which I hope listeners will enjoy and find interesting. I also like the idea of using music as a way to not only complement the stories in The Outlaw Ocean, but also draw attention to the issues being raised in Ian’s reporting. It can help expand the audience, reaching people who may not have otherwise been aware of Ian’s book.

I think it’s so important that there are still journalists, like Ian, who are willing to take risks and to dedicate themselves to uncovering and highlighting the types of humanitarian and environmental issues that The Outlaw Ocean presents. Therefore, I’m incredibly happy that some of the earnings from the music will go toward funding more reporting of this kind.

About Subsets

Subsets is an electronic and ambient music producer hailing from rural Berkshire, UK. His music blends electronic and traditional instruments to create chilled and emotive soundscapes that draw influences from deep house, future garage, drum and bass and other genres. Subsets has features on compilations from the legendary Café del Mar label and support from the likes of Jamz Supernova on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Nest HQ, BBC Introducing, Drum & Bass Arena and to name but a few, as well as an album in the works for late 2019 and early 2020.

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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