The 2021 Pop Convergence: A Virtual Pop Conference, April 22-25th
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Rostam is a musician, singer, songwriter, and composer and one of the greatest pop and indie-rock producers of his generation. Born to Iranian parents and Washington, D.C.-reared, Rostam also works as a solo artist and has released two critically-acclaimed solo albums: 2017’s Half-Light and 2020’s Changephobia. In addition to being a member of electro-soul group Discovery, Rostam was a founding member of the band Vampire Weekend. Rostam joined Vampire Weekend in 2006 and played guitar, keyboard and sang in the band, while also acting as a lyricist and songwriter. Rostam produced Vampire Weekend’s self-titled debut album and he also produced the band's follow up album, Contra, which sold 124,000 copies in its first week and landed atop the Billboard 200 charts. In 2013, he co-produced Vampire Weekend’s follow-up album, Modern Vampires of the City.
Rostam has also written and produced a diverse array of artists including Kid Cudi, Ra Ra Riot, The Walkmen, Charli XCX, Ty Dolla Sign, Carly Rae Jepsen, Maggie Rogers, Declan McKenna, and Haim. In his career to date, Rostam has been nominated for three Grammy Awards: twice for Best Alternative Music Album with Vampire Weekend (winning for Modern Vampires of the City) and once for Album of the Year as producer of Haim’s Women in Music Pt. III. He has also composed original music for Kenneth Lonergan’s Broadway play This is Youth; and he has scored soundtracks by his brother indie filmmaker Zal Batmanglij, including the 2011 film The Sound of My Voice and The OA television series.