Veracruz, Mexico

Once Upon The Sea


Behind the Music

When I embarked on The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, I wanted to do something different than what others had before. For me, these tracks weren't only about retelling what Ian experienced through song, but also providing my own rendition of his journey. I wanted listeners to feel as if they are seeing everything through Ian’s eyes — whether it’s those he met on the scenic shores he visited or the moments of high adrenaline he experienced at sea. Although trying to work in someone else’s mind was challenging, reading and understanding what Ian went through greatly impacted my perception of the ocean. Having grown up in a sea village, I always viewed the broad expanse of water as a place of discovery and adventure, however Ian’s reporting has led me to fully grasp how much of a lawless place it can be. 

While I strove to create something different than other musicians participating in this project, one of my favorite parts was getting to collaborate with musicians around the world and create something that collectively worked towards the same goal, but with different perspectives, methods and viewpoints. It’s incredible that I was able to work alongside artists I might never meet and it was something I really appreciated about The Outlaw Ocean Music Project.

About YoSoyMatt

Roberto Matthews brings into the spotlight the addictive sound of YoSoyMatt. His music portrays the tropical beats of a Mexican childhood, the innocence and surprise of recreating the universe in between notes and a harmonic adhesive, without complexity, that resonates in the magic of the most basic and smooth electronica. As a strictly homemade project, his music relies 100% on digital sounds, emulating the organic and Latin feeling of his albums “Cosmos Tropicale” (2018) and “Atlas” (2019). 

Following the massive success of “La Niña del Volcán,” alongside Polocorp — DJ from Polo & Pan — YoSoyMatt keeps tightening his style, whilst exploring different genres and motifs, decorating the music with powerful characters living in sweet stories, turning back our attention into an exquisite audiobook. One of the leaders of the next generation artists (Warner Music Group), YoSoyMatt is pushing the boundaries of regional Latin American sounds into the future of the electronic agenda and, as a musical advocate of the sounds inspired by the ocean, “Once upon the Sea” (2021) came at the right time. Joining forces with Ian Urbina, this EP will surely reach the hearts of those who wish to take a deeper look into the water.

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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