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Though he first found fame as a band member of the New York pop rock quartet Vampire Weekend, Rostam has long aspired to make music on his own. Now performing under just his given name, the East Coast musician and producer is establishing his own sound, nodding to his own classical roots with indie sensibilities.
He has performed on his own solo Rostam tour at venues including the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, the Pitchfork Festival in Paris and The Courtyard Theatre in London.
Rostam Batmanglij grew up in Washington, D.C. His parents, Iranian immigrants, started a publishing company, and his mother wrote cookbooks.
Rostam moved to New York and attended college at Columbia University to study music. While there, he met his future Vampire Weekend bandmates. He became a multi-instrumentalist, singing and playing keyboard and guitar with the band and on his own. Shortly after his college graduation, while maintaining multiple jobs in New York, Rostam performed on and produced Vampire Weekend's debut self-titled album, which eventually helped launch the group to indie rock fame when it was released in 2008.
Though he was a founding member of the four-piece band, Rostam maintains that he has always felt a pull to create music on his own, culminating in him amicably departing from the band in 2016. The decision was not hastily made, but it was necessary for his solo work to flourish. As he told New York Magazine, "I had some things that I wanted to say." He has since hinted that he may still work with his former band on occasion.
Rostam's career milestones
Rostam's three albums with Vampire Weekend, all of which he helped produce, were certified gold. Working with the high-profile band helped pave the way not just for his own future solo work, but also for a career writing and producing for a number of other pop and rock stars.
While performing with Vampire Weekend before they released 2010's Contra, Rostam worked with Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles on a musical project that eventually became a more permanent musical fixture called Discovery. In addition to that, he has produced records for Haim, Carly Rae Jepsen and Charli XCX, a pop star with whom he says he feels a "kinship" because of their heritage and similar drive. He also released a critically lauded collaborative album with Hamilton Leithauser in 2016, called I Had a Dream That You Were Mine.
Rostam's first solo record, 2017's Half-Light, was similarly well-received, with Pitchfork calling the artist an "undisputed studio genius" and Rolling Stone hailing the album's "gorgeously inventive tracks."
Rostam's noteworthy awards
Rostam has won a number of prominent awards. Most notable among them is a Grammy award for Best Alternative Rock Album for Vampire Weekend's 2013 work Modern Vampires of the City, but others include an NME award and two Q awards.
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