Rostam Batmanglij leaves Vampire Weekend

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Rostam Batmanglij has left Vampire Weekend.

“I wanted to let people know I’m no longer a member of Vampire Weekend but that Ezra and I will continue to collaborate on future projects and future Vampire Weekend songs,” he says in a statement posted on Twitter.

“My identity as a songwriter and producer, I realised, needs to stand on its own. Still connected to the people I work with, but through the songs we make together. I can’t even begin to express the joy I get from writing songs, both on my own and with others, I hold it all sacred.”

“There is so much amazing music – all of it dear to me – on its way to you. It’s an exciting time, and I feel lucky to share it with you.”

Usually to be found on keyboards, Batmanglij was a founder member of Vampire Weekend in 2006, enjoying commercial fame not long after thanks to the smash hit single ‘A-Punk‘ and the equally infectious self-titled debut album.

He’s already delved into the solo world, and has collaborated with many artists as a producer and writer.

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