Rostam Batmanglij Quits Vampire Weekend
Batmanglij broke the news on Twitter, writing that he’s “no longer a member of VW but that Ezra [Koenig] and I will continue to collaborate on future projects + future VW songs.” He went on to say that he feels he needs to pursue his solo career as a songwriter and producer:
hi- I wanted to let ppl kno I’m no longer a member of VW but that Ezra and I will continue to collaborate on future projects + future VW songs
my identity as a songwriter + producer, I realized, needs to stand on its own. still connectled to the pply I work with, but throught the songs we make together
i can’t even begin to express the joy I get from writing songs, both on my own + 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
Batmanglij, Koenig, Chris Tomson and Chris Baio co-founded Vampire Weekend in 2006 while students at Columbia University. They have released three albums together: their 2008 eponymous debut, 2010’s Contra and 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City. The latter album earned the 2014 Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album.