The son of Iranian refugees, Grammy Award-winning producer Rostam Batmanglij was born in Washington, D.C. in 1983. He attended Columbia University where he studied classical music. At the same time he focused on honing his skill as a producer, through recordings he made on campus. In 2006 he began producing what would be the first full-length album in his discography, Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut (XL, 2008). 2009 saw the release of the Discovery LP, throughout which Rostam was not only producer but also vocalist alongside Ra Ra Riot's Wes Miles. Vampire Weekend's Contra and Modern Vampires Of The City - the former produced by Rostam and the latter featuring joint production by Rostam and Ariel Rechtshaid on every song- were released in 2010 and 2013 respectively and both debuted at #1 in the U.S.. Since the release of Modern Vampires Of The City, Rostam has worked as a producer with artists such as Jenny Lewis, Charli XCX, Hamilton Leithauser and Carly Rae Jepsen. The music he makes on his own is released under his first name, Rostam.