Ren (Irini Panagopoulou) was born and raised in Piraeus, Greece. Aside from her studies in the field of fine- arts (painting, graphic design, industrial design), she turned to music and singing from a young age. Her pursuit brought her in the U.S. (San Francisco), where she got involved in musicals and acting and was heavily influenced by blues and soul music.
She has a lot of experience performing live among which noteworthy is her participation in concerts of renowned artists such as R.E.M, Kaiser Chiefs and Adam Cohen and is also a notable composer. Moreover, she has participated in theatrical shows and events such as the Athens Bienalle in 2009. In 2010, she made a new beginning in her career in music by composing and singing with Greggy K as well as contributing in the field of music production as permanent partner at White Studio. In 2014 she formed Echo Train with Greggy K and they won the first prize in a contest held by the Greek music site Jumping Fish, with their song “Fire”, which became a radio hit. This was followed by the band’s debut Memento Mori, a psychedelic rock album which was released in vinyl only. This led to concerts and appearances in music festivals in Greece, a supporting act slot at the concert of Underground Youth in Athens in May 2016 as well as performances abroad such as the participation in the Psychedelic Network Festival in Germany in 2017.
In the Fall of 2017, Echo Train’s song “Portland 69” was released as a split vinyl single together with a song of the German band Vibravoid by the Greek psychedelic Fanzine “Timemazine”. Together with Greggy K, she composed music for and sang in “Play”, a short-film by Vangelis Liberopoulos which won the first prize at the Drama short-film festival in September 2017.
Ren plays the piano, the guitar, the harmonica and the theremin. She is also a vocal and music performance teacher and has participated in book presentations as a narrator.