The World Below


Behind the Music

On first listen to some of my previous work, you might think that the music I’ve produced for this music project is a deviation from the music I normally make. And you’d be right because, for the first time in my career, I’m making music inspired by and using material that is raw and real. While the stories of The Outlaw Ocean may feel larger-than-life and cinematic, they are very real. I can’t believe some of what I’ve seen. Some things are traumatic. Some are beautiful. All are very hard to unsee.

As an artist and a person, I live a relatively normal life. I wake up and scroll through social media and see what’s on the news, just like everyone else. Very rarely do we see what happens at sea. Reading The Outlaw Ocean and watching all of Ian’s footage, I was impressed and shocked at how ignorant I’ve been to the lawlessness of the ocean. Ian’s reporting and storytelling is both heartbreaking and eye-opening, and it’s a privilege for me to write music for it.

About tyDi

Through his extensive discography, which includes five full-length albums, countless singles and remixes and numerous EPs across diverse genres on various labels from Republic to Armada, tyDi has topped global charts, toured the world and made an indelible mark on the music world. Last year, the prolific Australian producer/DJ made waves with his acclaimed collaboration with Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin, resulting in the epic album “Collide.” Music and culture website, Dancing Astronaut, called it, “a masterful navigation of orchestral and electronic elements.” The album also received accolades in DJMag, The Los Angeles Times, and hit both the Billboard dance and classical charts. A blissful balm of a song, tyDi’s single, “It Will Be Okay” has been called “a progressive trance anthem for the ages” by Dancing Astronaut. The song received airplay on SiriusXM BPM, iHeartRadio Evolution, Nexus Radio and Dance Factory Chicago. 2019 has found tyDi going from strength to strength, collaborating with the Grammy-nominated singer JES, progressive sensation Mat Fax, and remixing trance legend Andy Moor and Norwegian pop sensations, Rat City. tyDi has also contributed his own reimagined arrangements of some Disney most beloved anthems for the current “Disney on Ice” world tour. He has also composed music for Stella Artois, Quickbooks and Swarovski. He’s composed music for an acclaimed Make-A-Wish Foundation PSA campaign. His music has also appeared on Fox’s TV series, “Almost Family.” tyDi has 1 million aggregate social followers, over 25 million Spotify streams and over a million YouTube views.

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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