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Skeive Rostam Batmanglij spiller på Blå 8. november. Vinn billetter på Blikk Nett.

Rostam Batmanglij, bedre kjent som bare Rostam, startet å produsere elektronisk musikk allerede som 14-åring. I 2006, mens han studerte musikk ved Columbia University, begynte han i bandet Vampire Weekend hvor han spilte keyboard, perkusjon og gitar. Han produserte bandets selvtitulerte debutalbum som kom i 2008, og oppfølgeren «Contra» i 2010. I 2016 valgte Rostam å forlate bandet for å fokusere på en solokarriere.

Rostam har de siste årene vært en anerkjent og etterspurt produsent som har produsert for en rekke artister, inkludert tidligere The Walkmen vokalist Hamilton Leithauser, Charli XCX, Santigold og Carly Rae Jepsen.

I løpet av året har Rostam sluppet flere singler fra albumet «Half-Light+» som endelig er ute, inkludert singelen «Woods» som har over 2 millioner spillinger på Spotify.

Rostam kom ut i et intervju med magasinet OUT i februar 2010. I 2015 markerte han National Coming Out Day med å dele sin egen historie i en post på Instagram.

Han fortalte at han hadde møtt Ed Droste i bandet Grizzly Bear, som er åpent skeiv, i 2009 på en musikkfestival hvor også Vampire Weekend spilte. Rostham skrev også at han hadde lest et intervju Ed Droste hadde gjort med Butt Magazine.

«I was like, ‘Who is this guy, he JDGAF!’ (And that is still true to this day.) But Ed’s candor inspired me. Having him as a friend bolstered my courage to come out in press—something I had always intended to do,» skrev Rostam på Instagram.

Here is a pic of me and @edroste from 2009. I met Ed when our bands were both playing a festival somewhere in Europe earlier that year. At that point I was out to friends and family but not out yet in press. Ed was someone who had always been out. Before I ever heard Grizzly Bear’s music I had read a super-candid interview w him in Butt Magazine. I was like, «who is this guy, he JDGAF!» (And that is still true to this day.) But Ed’s candor inspired me. Having him as a friend bolstered my courage to come out in press—something I had always intended to do. In October of 2009 Josh Eells profiled VW for Rolling Stone; it was the first time someone wanted to write an article about our lives. And it was also the first time someone had been able to hear Diplomat’s Son from Contra, —a song I had started on my own w the intention of telling a gay story. The timing felt right and I felt I could trust Josh, so in a phone interview with him I talked about being gay with a journalist for the first time. The album and the article wouldn’t come out for another two and a half months and I’m pretty sure this picture was taken somewhere in that period. It was a strange time in my life. looking back on things, it felt so important to have ‘reasons’ to come out. but in fact, what I’d really like to do is to work towards living in a world where people don’t feel they need ‘reasons’ to come out. and I think in the last six years I’ve felt this change in the world around me and I hope to feel more of it. all of which is to say #happycomingoutday

Et innlegg delt av Rostam Batmanglij (@matsor)

Rostam spiller på Blå, Brenneriveien 9C, Oslo, onsdag 8. november kl. 20.

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