Wednesday October 11, 2017

Rostam's journey from Vampire Weekend to his solo breakout

Rostam performing live in the q studios in Toronto, Ont.

Rostam performing live in the q studios in Toronto, Ont. (CBC q)

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Rostam Batmanglij has been wanting to make a solo album since he was a music major at Columbia University, but he was side-tracked by the huge success of another project: Vampire Weekend. Last year, Batmanglij announced his departure from the indie rock band and last month, he finally released his debut album, Half-Light

Today, Batmanglij joins Tom Power in the q studio to perform songs from that record and to discuss his journey from Vampire Weekend's meteoric success to his decision to go solo. 

— Produced by Ty Callender