28 Facts About Rostam Batmanglij


Rostam Batmanglij, known mononymously as Rostam, is an American record producer, musician, singer, songwriter, and composer.


Rostam Batmanglij was a founding member of the band Vampire Weekend, whose first three albums he produced.


Rostam Batmanglij has been described by Stereogum as one of the greatest pop and indie-rock producers of his generation.


Rostam Batmanglij produced his first number-one album, Vampire Weekend's Contra, when he was 27 years old.


Rostam Batmanglij has been nominated for three Grammy Awards: twice for Best Alternative Music Album with Vampire Weekend and once for Album of the Year as producer of Haim's Women in Music Pt.


Rostam Batmanglij was born to Iranian parents, and grew up in Washington, DC His mother is cookbook author Najmieh Rostam Batmanglij, while his father is a publisher.


Rostam Batmanglij composed an original piece for piano that was featured in Zal's film The East.


Rostam Batmanglij majored in music at Columbia University, where he joined the band Vampire Weekend in 2006.


Rostam Batmanglij produced their self-titled debut album shortly after graduation while concurrently working multiple full-time jobs.


Rostam Batmanglij produced the band's follow-up album, Contra, which sold 124,000 copies in its first week and landed atop the Billboard 200 charts.


Rostam Batmanglij plays guitar, keyboard and sings in the band but acts as a lyricist and songwriter, co-writing the song "Diplomat's Son" on Contra.


On January 26,2016, Rostam Batmanglij announced on Twitter that he had left Vampire Weekend to pursue solo projects, but that he would continue to collaborate with Koenig on future projects and Vampire Weekend songs.


Rostam Batmanglij began recording with Ra Ra Riot vocalist Wes Miles on a project which was later to become Discovery.


In 2015, Rostam Batmanglij produced and contributed vocals on the song "Water" for Ra Ra Riot's fourth album, Need Your Light.


In September 2011, Rostam Batmanglij released a solo track called "Wood".


On November 1,2011, Zane Lowe debuted another a solo song sung by Rostam Batmanglij called "Don't Let it Get to You" as the Hottest Record in the World on BBC Radio 1.


In January 2016, Rostam Batmanglij released the song "EOS" along with its music video which he had directed.


On March 11,2016, Rostam Batmanglij released the song "Gravity Don't Pull Me" along with its music video directed by himself and Josh Goleman.


On November 27,2016, Rostam Batmanglij teased his new solo album, which was to be released in 2017.


On September 12,2018, Rostam Batmanglij self-released a new single, "In a River".


On October 15,2020, Rostam Batmanglij self-released another new single, "Unfold You".


On February 2,2021, Rostam Batmanglij self-released a single, "These Kids We Knew", and teased an upcoming album release.


In 2010, Converse released "All Summer", produced by Rostam Batmanglij and featuring Kid Cudi and Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast.


Rostam Batmanglij produced and co-wrote two songs for the Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser's solo album, Black Hours, which was released in June 2014.


Also in 2014, Rostam Batmanglij produced two songs for singer Charli XCX.


Rostam Batmanglij wrote original music for a play by Kenneth Lonergan called This Is Our Youth, starring Kieran Culkin, Michael Cera, and Tavi Gevinson, which premiered on Broadway in 2014.


In 2015, Rostam Batmanglij worked alongside Canadian singer Carly Rae Jepsen on her third studio album, Emotion.


Rostam Batmanglij produced and co-wrote the fourth single, "Warm Blood", which was released on July 31,2015.