Dex Arson joins The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, an unusual collaboration with journalist Ian Urbina

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

Reading the book gave me hope, as I learned that sailors are risking their lives to stop the capture and slaughter of whales. I want my music to reflect this cause.

— Dex Arson for The Outlaw Ocean Music Project

WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, USA, July 1, 2022 / — In an insightful video, musician Connor Bamforth explains why he teamed up with investigative journalist Ian Urbina to draw attention to the human rights and environmental abuse at sea within The Outlaw Ocean Music Project.

The Outlaw Ocean Music Project, led 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 inspired by offshore reporting.

Covering genres from classical to hip-hop to electronic, hundreds of musicians from around the world have joined the effort. Many of the artists involved in the project draw from an audio archive of field recordings captured by Urbina while reporting offshore.

Connor Bamforth, commonly known by his stage name Dex Arson, is an electronic music producer and DJ from Niagara Falls, Ontario. After beginning to play in bands in his early teens, Connor began his musical career as a guitarist and vocalist. Shortly after high school, he began teaching himself how to produce and design his own electronic music. This is where this journey began. With a sound that spans from hard electro to heavy dubstep, he is certainly starting to make his mark on the music scene.

Bamforth spoke about his journey creating his electronic EP titled “Lawless” and how The Outlaw Ocean connects to his life.

“I spent a good part of my childhood admiring majestic whales from the other side of a plexiglass cage,” Bamforth said. “As I got older, I became more morally conflicted with the idea of ​​keeping wild animals in captivity for entertainment. Reading ‘Hunting Hunters’ gave me hope, as I learned that sailors risk their lives to end the capture and slaughter of beautiful animals such as whales.

“Lawless” is comprised of five songs immersed in the beauty of what the ocean carries, coupled with the angst of a dark feel and excitement.

“I want my music to speak to this cause and reflect a range of emotions I felt during ‘Hunting Hunters’ – the feeling of foreboding when first introduced to the whalers, the adrenaline of the hunt and the acceptance of looking at defeat as another chance to do good,” Bamforth said.

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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