Utrecht, Netherlands



Behind the Music

The Outlaw Ocean is right up my alley. I earned my master’s degree in Public International Law, but I never thought I’d get to do anything with it considering I’ve been a full-time musician since finishing university. Being part of this project changed that for me and enabled me to combine two major aspects of my life that I never saw crossing paths until now.

This music project is also special to me because it’s a rare opportunity for me to connect my music to real-world issues. With subjects of this magnitude it can be difficult for people to connect with what they see or read, especially considering the literal and figurative distance that exists between them and the topic at hand. Music helps bridge this gap by providing context or a gateway to understanding the complex. Music guides you on how to feel about certain things and widens your perceptions, while not forcing you in any direction. 

Good journalism, like that of The Outlaw Ocean, is difficult to find and not easy to fund. Nevertheless we should all do what we can to help bolster this kind of storytelling. I’m happy that my music and the contributions I make to this project is part of that effort.

About TMSV

Firmly established in the dubstep scene for several years, Tomas Roels, better known as TMSV, has decided to switch things up. After taking a few steps back from the music scene to experiment and search for a new sound to call his own, his latest output takes inspiration from jungle, grime, juke, dubstep and other bass music. No longer constrained by genre or tempo, TMSV’s sub-powered, percussive dread music is diverse, yet recognisable.

Aside from being a producer, TMSV is a perfectionist behind the decks and has torn up dancefloors at renowned club nights in Europe and beyond. Not a fan of single-genre sets, he likes to play the wide range of sounds he’s into.

2016 was a big year for TMSV, with numerous high-profile solo releases as well as remixes on various labels.

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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