Elz, Germany

Mare Asperum


Behind the Music

In reading The Outlaw Ocean, we were shocked by how poorly our oceans are protected. The book clearly shows how government policies fail to protect the ocean, and how the government is making no effort to change those failing policies, either because they lack the resources or because they simply have no interest in creating law and order at sea. It’s alarming to see how the unstructured laws provide loopholes for all kinds of criminal mechanisms. 

At the same time, we found it important to note the hard work of NGOs like Sea Shepherd whose members, mostly made up of young people, risk their lives to protect the biodiversity of our oceans for future generations and bring back messages for the people on land about the criminality they’ve witnessed due to murky and obscure laws.

The first chapter brings all of this to light, which is why we used it as the base for our tracks. For us, the chase of the Thunder by members of Sea Shepherd is like a wild chase in an action film. It has moved us in our music making. We felt that our dark, energetic, and dramatic style of making sound matched the tone of this first chapter well. The calm beginnings, the increase in dramatic strings and orchestral units, and the accompaniment of the drums arouse stormy feelings of fear, astonishment, and respect—like a violent thunderstorm on the high seas. We named our EP “Mare Asperum,” the Latin translation for “The Stormy Sea.” The sea has always been considered a highly threatening element in almost all written cultures and it is often associated with the ideas of infinity, inexhaustibility, unfathomability of depth, loneliness, abandonment, exposure and unpredictability. In giving the EP this title, we wanted listeners to think deeply about the challenge and the uncertainty on our oceans.

About Trias

The producer trio Trias is made up of musicians Gary, Florian and Fettah. They are known for their music in the realm of EDM trap. In recent years, they have celebrated various releases with big labels in the EDM scene. Each has a different musical background and different music-making skills brought together by the fact that they are the only three boys from The Village producing music. Their love for classical/cinematic music, electronic and hip-hop united them. This constellation and the effort they put into their projects now epitomized the epic, mystical and sentimental Trias. The three believe that music, like any other art form, is an eternal opus and that it can touch people even after a hundred years, no matter their background or belief. Music is timeless. Renewal is meaningful to them. They find it important to keep their music alive by adding new elements and ideas each time. In the past few years, the trio has received attention from the biggest labels and channels for electronic music like Trap Nation, Trap City, Lowly Palace, BredNButter and xKito Music, to name a few. They have also reached 25 million plays and views across several platforms, including YouTube, SoundCloud and Spotify. In the future, they have plans to work on many more projects with other artists. Their focus is on trying out and integrating different music styles.

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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