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Elder statesman of Thai rock

From his pre-alternative days with Hydra to a successful solo career in the digital age, Nakarin 'Pang' Kingsak marks more than two decades in the music business with his first full-scale concert in 15 years

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Nakarin "Pang" Kingsak is an elder statesman of Thai rock. Not that he possesses an air of know-it-all pride or strokes his proverbial white beard while passing on pearls of wisdom. Nakarin instead has earned admiration through his long-term contributions to Thai music and his sombre, quiet personality as well as moderate lifestyle considerably at odds with the usual debauchery of rock 'n' roll. With his respectable reputation, his peers and younger artists are often in awe when they chance upon him backstage. 

"Not many musicians come and talk to me. They usually just greet me politely. I don't know why. Maybe, they're scared of me," he said.

Respect, maybe _ not fear. At 46, Nakarin doesn't look his age, thanks to a healthy regimen and regular exercise, but he definitely acts like it. Never conventionally handsome, there's a certain intangible quality that makes Nakarin rather attractive. He is not long winded; although good natured, Nakarin has a way of inserting himself without sounding cold or distant through a few choice words.

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