It can be the similarities between two people that draw them together, but it’s the differences between them that create something special. Just like the functional dial that governs the left and right axis of the stereo field, it would be nothing if those two polar opposites failed to meet in the middle. Such is the story of Pan-Pot.
In the last decade, Pan-Pot—comprised of Tassilo Ippenberger and Thomas Benedix—have developed a dominate presence in the upper escilion of electronic dance music, with an ascension paralleling very few who have come before or since. The defining moment of Pan-Pot’s career came in 2007 with the release of their debut artist album, Pan-O-Rama. The aptly named long player offered a 360-degree view of techno that was unique, uncompromised and most importantly, their own.
Pan-Pot hasn’t gotten to where they are on their productions alone. When the two aren’t spending countless hours in the studio remixing or creating original work, they are relentlessly touring. Whether it’s an intimate club night or a massive festival like Awakenings, Timewarp, or Creamfields, Pan-Pot know exactly what to do.
With countless EPs, remixes and Pan-O-Rama already establishing them as tried and true, Pan-Pot’s forthcoming LP ‘The Other’ that will truly guarantee Pan–Pot a place in the history books. Open your mind. Free your body. The long wait is over. Lose yourself in ‘The Other’.
Ahead of the LP and their massive HYTE Ibiza performance at Amnesia on 29 July with Maceo Plex, Marcel Dettmann, Anthony Parasole, Chris Leibing, and more, we spoke with Pan-Pot on the new album, Ibiza, HYTE, and the feeling of being industry outsiders.
“We wouldn’t call ourselves outsiders, but we definitely are interested in doing whatever we want and not following too many rules.”
As your second LP ‘The Other’ comes out in September after an 8 year gap since ‘Pan-O-Rama,’ why was there such an extended period between full length albums?
Thomas Benedix: It was not in our minds to wait 8 years. We started several times but never finished. We always thought we needed less time for an album, actually.
Tassilo Ippenberger: We also always had the idea that if we do an album in general, we want to do something that satisfies ourselves. We had a big idea about this album. For it, we said we needed enough time and we have to create it in a compressed way. It has to sound very actual, as music is changing super fast you need to work with a very straight timetable.
In its creation, how would you compare the way you structured your first album to this one?
TI: It was a bit different. With the first album, we did it in an experimental way. We just started playing around. We were still caught up in the whole minimal thing so we didn’t really have an idea or concept. The sound just occurred naturally.
With this latest album, we collected ideas before and talked about what we wanted to do. The first tracks we did were the intro and vocal songs, which happened because we were a bit bored of doing the usual tracks & EPs.
The title ‘The Other’ brings to mind a certain outsider image. Do you consider yourselves dance music outsiders?
TI: We wouldn’t call ourselves outsiders, but we definitely are interested in doing whatever we want and not following too many rules. This is one of the reasons we names the album ‘The Other’. It is not a dance album. It is definitely not a techno album. It is not a tech-house album. It is a very mixed genre album, which I think will be polarising. People will either love it or hate it.
TH: Yes, I think that too.
You have a two tracker released to anticipate the album. How does its tracks ‘Pina’ & ‘808 Nirvana’ showcase the full album?
TI: You want to have tracks that are danceable and show the range of club tracks on the album. ‘808 Nirvana’ is one of the techno tracks and our favourite dance track on the album. ‘Pina’ is the perfect opposite. It is more groovy. We both think it is a good club release.
TH: It reminds me of stuff we have done in the past. More morning after-hours sound, not hard techno stuff. When someone asks us what is a classic Pan-Pot track on the album, I’d say ‘Pina’.
As we are talking about production, what is an essential piece of gear for you guys that you can’t live without?
TH: I need my headphones.
TI: The one gear I can’t live without is the MacBook. It really has everything I need. All the business stuff, emails, and music stuff, like Ableton a & Cubase, are all on it. Without this I would not be able to travel at all. Since everything is there we can work on the road.