Rise Above: Beatroute Magazine covers Nelly at Iceland Airwaves festival

November 17th 2019

While the Björk-approved Icelandic singer and multi-instrumentalist Ólöf Arnalds is performing to a packed crowd downstairs, Hayoun is upstairs speaking to BeatRoute in a quiet corner about her many accomplishments that she’s achieved in her short but fast-lived 35 years.

Her resume is almost as bright and spectacular as the coloured fur coat she’s wearing. From founding the International Space Orchestra at NASA in 2012 to documentary filmmaking — her latest film, I Am (Not) A Monster, seeks to find the origin of knowledge — no dream is too big for Hayoun.

Founded in 2017, the University of the Underground exists in the basements of nightclubs in Amsterdam and London and includes board members and activists such as Noam Chomsky and Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, Rose McGowan, McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggars and Ishmael Butler of Digable Planets and Shabazz Palaces.

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BeatRoute is a monthly print and online magazine published in Western Canada. The magazine is distributed across Alberta and British Columbia, with offices in Calgary and Vancouver. BeatRoute is a primarily music-oriented publication, with a circulation of more than 10,000.