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Beatmakin Troopa

Q&A w/Pan Thorarensen

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Words by Bartek Wilk Photo by Ómar Sverrisson Pan Thorarensen is a man who works on different musical fronts. Born in 1981, he has made history in Icelandic music with abundant album releases and various side projects. Along with his father Óskar Thorarensen and composer Þorkell Atlason, he created a significant electronic project called Stereo Hypnosis. This is just one example. Playing as Beatmakin Troopa, Pan Thorarensen combines slow, relaxing electro and energetic jazz in a unique way. Moreover, he is a co-founder of the fantastic project Ambátt that represents a marriage of the genres of jazz, rock, post-rock and ambient. Besides being a composer and musician, Pan is the organiser of Extreme Chill, the first pure electronica music festival in Iceland that kicked off in 2009 in Hellissandur. For eight years, Extreme Chill has showcased many internationally renowned musicians as well as talented Icelandic artists. More than a festival,…

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