Stockholm, Sweden

Waste Away


Behind the Music

Reading about the systematic crimes happening in a place as beautiful and innocent as the ocean was a real eye-opener, specifically in the chapter “Waste Away.” The way Ian pulled back the curtain on the illegal practices of the cruise industry and how some cruise liners dump large amounts of waste in the pure water to save money left us shocked. We were even more shocked that some people didn’t even consider it a crime. 

Messages and stories like these are vitally important to share with the world, and this music project felt like such an innovative and collaborative way to reach out to a different audience. People may be exposed to the stories of The Outlaw Ocean by listening to the EP, while others might listen to the artists after reading the book and learning of the music project. Ian is doing something extremely important and impactful in his storytelling, and we want to help enable that storytelling in whatever way we can. It feels fulfilling to be part of something so urgent and that has the possibility of affecting so many people’s lives.

About Tekkla

The two friends, Vincent Borgström and Tobias Cramby, were inspired growing up in South Stockholm, Sweden — a place well-known in the music industry, with numerous successful artists and music producers. For years they worked hard in developing their own sound and style, while producing music anonymously under different aliases and playing at smaller retro clubs in Stockholm. In 2017 they hit things off by releasing “Girl” and “Voyages,” two deep house singles, under the alias Tekkla. Both turned into immediate successes, reaching a million-sized audience in a short time, with listeners widely spread all over the world. Following up on the two singles, the fellow Swedes released several tracks including the “Nocturne” EP and “Good Ol' Days” in 2018, reaching over 10 million streams combined. Soon they were discovered by the Australian lo-fi imprint clipp.art, where they released “Love Vibration” and the “Passion” EP, before doing a remix of the Melbourne-based indie-band “I Know The Chief” in 2019.

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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