Modern, groove-based Persian power pop by Farzad Kashtiban
All lyrics by Farzad Kashtiban and music by Aaron Lyon except where noted.
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About Farzad Kashtiban
I began singing competitively when I was 16, but I was exposed to singing at a much younger age. I remember listening to my grandmother sing during religious ceremonies in Khoramshahr. I remember my uncle practicing in our yard in Iran, singing "pop" music. It was the first time I heard modern style Iranian music.
At 16, I competed in the high school music talent contest, and I placed as the top high school singer in the state of Kerman for two years. I was invited to attend a summer camp in the Caspian to compete in the high school national competition. I placed second behind the famous singer Farhad Kiani (Maziar). We both performed on the final night of the camp. That's when I met Mohammed Nouri, the legendary vocal instructor.
My second teacher was Baback Biat in Tehran. I studied with him for three years. He would compose music for superstars (Daruish, Ebi, Satar) and I would sing the songs to help work out the bugs. We had planned to record my own songs as soon as I completed high school and two years of military service. Instead, a few weeks after the completion of my military service, I left Iran to continue my education in northern California. Since then, Chico has been my home.
I set music aside during my college years, focusing instead on my studies and soccer. Now that I've completed my degree, I am getting back on track with my first love, singing. I've been studying music theory, learning to play several instruments, and writing music.
I plan to use Persian lyrics with my own style of western-influenced, modern Persian music. I am intrigued with the blend of eastern poems and western melodies. Each project will be different, introducing different recording techniques and regional Iranian rhythms.
I would like to thank my father who was my first supporter, my teachers, all of my friends, all those who helped to create my project, and finally, I would like to thank my family. Without your love and support, this wouldn't have been possible.
Farzad is featured in this Chico News & Review article.