Belgian producer Lavito Partners collaborates with journalist Ian Urbina for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project

Lavito album cover for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, a project by Ian Urbina

Here on our safe shores, safe on the ground, we don’t always realize things are happening there.

— Lavito for the Outlaw Ocean Music project

WASHINGTON DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, USA, June 7, 2022 / — In a video for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, Belgian producer Lavito explains what inspired him to team up with journalist investigation Ian Urbina to draw attention to human rights and environmental abuses at sea.

The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, run by the Synesthesia Media label, is an expansive global effort to bring The Outlaw Ocean Project’s investigative journalism to a wider audience by releasing music based on its offshore reporting.

Lavito’s interest in the subject dates back to his time at university: “I had this particular course called Sea Law. I remember being amazed that there were still places where there was no law,” Lavito said. “My perception was – well, I’m sure someone takes care of businesses that cross those lines, so I don’t have to worry.”

Covering genres from classical to electronic, hundreds of musicians from around the world have joined The Outlaw Ocean Music Project. Artists have access to an extensive audio archive of field recordings captured by Urbina while reporting offshore.

“What inspired me the most when I read The Outlaw Ocean was the fact that Ian kind of dedicates his life to the ocean,” Lavito said. “We on the other side, here on our safe shores, safe on the ground, don’t always realize things are going on there.”

Growing up in a family of musicians, Lavito, whose real name is David Van der Heyden, learned to play the drums and the piano at a very young age. Today, he produces instrumental hip-hop beats. He joined The Outlaw Ocean Music Project to share “a message for all of us: we need to take care of our world”.

Lavito’s “Frontiers” is available on all stores, including Apple Music, YouTube and Spotify.

Synesthesia Media announces monthly new waves of releases on its social networks.

About the Outlaw Ocean Project:

The Outlaw Ocean Project is a non-profit journalism organization founded by Ian Urbina that produces investigative reporting on environmental and human rights issues at sea around the world. The project seeks not only to produce polished, narrative investigative journalism, but also to amplify that reporting by converting it into other media to reach new audiences around the world.

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