Misi’s interview with Amir Kharrazi


It is with huge respect and honor to present you all with our interview with Amir Kharazzi. To protect the integrity of this interview and Amir’s answers, I have chosen to leave his answers unedited and in their original form. We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoy Amir and his bands. © 2015 Misi & Cari Mistresses of Metal

MOM: Hi Amir, You had a busy 2014 with the bands K & A.How are you and what do you have planned this year for the bands?

Amir: Hello and thanks for this interview which will cause more people around the world to know about the atmosphere obliged on Iranian metal bands and this genre of music and to have a better perspective . Well as you know officially I’ve been working with Kahtmayan and Arrivl meanwhile I’ve worked unofficially with some other bands and couple of projects.
At the moment Kahtmayan is working on publishing their 3rd instrumental studio album on Iranian New Year which is around spring and also in that time release new dvd from last Tehran concert. And following that year planning to do some concerts in Tehran and other cities if possible.
Arrivl’s been also working on some new tracks which will be released as single or Ep in a few months and we are planning to do our recordings in abroad studios with a world class quality.

MOM : I’m not sure if people are aware of the laws there surrounding metal music, would you let everyone know the changes that have happened in the last year and how this has benefited your bands?

Amir: currently there`s been no changes what so ever! let me explain to you about rock and metal music being entirely forbidden in Iran, and I think your indication about change is about Kahtmayan`s gig after 10 years.
As you may know Kahtmayan is the oldest band working till today and had published two albums in Khatamy’s president ship which both were instrumental and with warrant. Iran`s culture and artistic situation at that moment were way more open and the albums being published was because of the better and open situation, back then one of the bands gig on Kish island got canceled during the show and the guards force the band to cancel the show and off the stage, but some of band’s concerts passed with some troubles in Tehran.
During the last 8 years presidential period, there was no concert except pop and Iranian traditional music that had been allowed officially.
After new presidential election, we tried for concerts warrant after 10 years, yes for publishing and showing any artistic product you need a warrant (music album, book, short or long length movie, music video, etc …) from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance for any official release, also for doing any gigs need warrant from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and Police that with spending a lot of time doing some paper works between the offices as well we got warrant for just 2 perform in one day which led to tickets being sold out.
Because of the limitation for seat, and concerts we had so many responses in which persuade us to purchasing for a new warrant in a 2 weeks time and right after selling all the tickets and 2 days before the show they canceled the whole show!!
Yes, metal music with lead vocals is totally forbidden and won’t be allowed in here, for example arrivl will never get any warrant to have an official gig, or kahtmayan will never get any warrant for have an official warrant for play tracks with vocals.
Audience here in any kind of show and any music genre must be seated and not allowed to watch the show standing.
If the situation were open to work and for more activities to do shows and publishing without all these restrictions, there were more active bands, and musician and people get to see and hear more from their favorite band and musician but as I said before, Iran`s government will do anything and uses its potential so they could stop this genre from growing. Not just this kind of music but any kind of art has its own filter and proxies, for instance Kahtmayan won’t get any chance to do a concert with vocals here however we have an album with vocal and we played it at our last concert in Dubai.
Many of movie makers, Poets, writers, during the life of this religion region wont got chance to show and publish their products.

MOM: As you know Mistresses of Metal are huge fans of both bands, and we love promoting your music, i especially love virtual existence. Are you releasing any new music in the near future? We follow you closely via social media and your recent photos of stratovarius are great.

Amir: Yes as I said both bands are working and you will get to hear more from both of these bands, one other activities that I do is some stage photography which I get a chance to do couple of time a year as the official festival photographer in festivals held around Iran.2014 was a good year for me cause I get a chance to see for the first and second time my favorites bands like : Dream theater, Megadeth, Gojira, Amon amarth , Haggard, Turisas, Him and Stratovarius and working with them as photographer.

MOM: what can you tell us about meeting them and that show? Stratovarius and working with them as photographer.

Amir: All of them were amazing and great specially Stratovarius they had an amazing perform and they are really nice and cool guys and I had a chance to meet and talk after they show and they were amazed and shocked to know about Iranian photographer and even got more excited after hearing about all other fans they have in Iran.

MOM: Amir can you give us insight into a typical day for you as manager of two bands?

Amir: Before anything else I really like and love doing this job cause I really love metal I wish to do this job in a free environment so I can be free and have more options to work with.Everyday activities consisting of contacting with company , radios, magazines , webzine, record label and also with concert organization or festival managers , which isn’t happening each day. And a huge part is to promote and introducing this genre and bands from Iran with all these restrictions held on us.
Peek of my activities was 2 week before kahtmayan`s concert in Iran or a month before arrivl and kahtmayan`s gigs in Dubai which happily everything went as planned,
In these days I’m working on kahtmayan`s merchandise and so soon they will ready containing t shirts posters and also busy with new kahtmayan new album it will be so different and in a new genre, kahtmayan use 8 string guitars is this album with more atmosphere of eastern music.
And busy with writing lyrics for new arrivl Ep.

MOM: Any upcoming festivals or shows the bands will be playing?

Amir: I’m so eager to participate in different festivals with both bands, they are both ready but we need support from organization and I don’t mean money, support like sending invitation for bands. At the moment we are prepared to play In any shows, we don’t have any gigs booked at the moment but I’m waiting for kahtmayan`s album and arrivl`s single to start my plans.

MOM: Any plans to play the States?

Amir: Definitely U.S.A is one of my targets for bringing bands and play in a free country and one of innovative metal countries in the world. I wana see the American fans facing Iranians band and ask their opinion about them.

MOM: What bands are you currently listening to?

Amir: I like difference genre of metal and I listen to variety of bands but black metal has been my passion since the beginning.
These days I’m into doom, black and atmospheric metal and recently I heard a band named “clouds” which inspired me a lot and I suggest you guys to give em a try.
I listen to couple of bands each days through these whole years Therion , Tiamat and Moonspell.

MOM: Will you tell our readers who are unfamiliar with both bands, about the current band line up, where they can get the music, and where to find you guys on the social media sites?

Amir: kahtmayan are : Homayoun Majdzadeh founder and composer and Guitarist .
Saeed moghaddami Giutar , Mostafa Salehi Bass and Ali Farraz Drums .
You can find us on www.kahtmayan.com and official facebook page and also you can dl 2 old album from the official site , and you can see some tracks and video on our youtube channel , and arrivl are Vahid Esfahani bass , Fazel Samani Guitar, Hamed Azizi vocals , and trying for good new drummer for band and for gig we use session Guitarist . you can also find us on , www.arrivl-music.com and our facebook page , in youtube you can watch a track from our last concert in Dubai.

We thank Amir Kharazzi for allowing us to present this to you. Thanks for reading. © 2015 Misi & Cari Mistresses of Metal
‘It is with huge respect and honor to present you all with our interview with Amir Kharazzi. To protect the integrity of this interview and Amir’s answers, I have chosen to leave his answers unedited and in their original form. We hope you enjoy reading this as much as we enjoy Amir and his bands. © 2015 Misi & Cari Mistresses of Metal MOM: Hi Amir, You had a busy 2014 with the bands K & A.How are you and what do you have planned this year for the bands? Amir: Hello and thanks for this interview which will cause more people around the world to know about the atmosphere obliged on Iranian metal bands and this genre of music and to have a better perspective . Well as you know officially I’ve been working with Kahtmayan and Arrivl meanwhile I’ve worked unofficially with some other bands and couple of projects. At the moment Kahtmayan is working on publishing their 3rd instrumental studio album on Iranian New Year which is around spring and also in that time release new dvd from last Tehran concert. And following that year planning to do some concerts in Tehran and other cities if possible. Arrivl’s been also working on some new tracks which will be released as single or Ep in a few months and we are planning to do our recordings in abroad studios with a world class quality. MOM : I’m not sure if people are aware of the laws there surrounding metal music, would you let everyone know the changes that have happened in the last year and how this has benefited your bands? Amir: currently there`s been no changes what so ever! let me explain to you about rock and metal music being entirely forbidden in Iran, and I think your indication about change is about Kahtmayan`s gig after 10 years. As you may know Kahtmayan is the oldest band working till today and had published two albums in Khatamy’s president ship which both were instrumental and with warrant. Iran`s culture and artistic situation at that moment were way more open and the albums being published was because of the better and open situation, back then one of the bands gig on Kish island got canceled during the show and the guards force the band to cancel the show and off the stage, but some of band’s concerts passed with some troubles in Tehran. During the last 8 years presidential period, there was no concert except pop and Iranian traditional music that had been allowed officially. After new presidential election, we tried for concerts warrant after 10 years, yes for publishing and showing any artistic product you need a warrant (music album, book, short or long length movie, music video, etc …) from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance for any official release, also for doing any gigs need warrant from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and Police that with spending a lot of time doing some paper works between the offices as well we got warrant for just 2 perform in one day which led to tickets being sold out. Because of the limitation for seat, and concerts we had so many responses in which persuade us to purchasing for a new warrant in a 2 weeks time and right after selling all the tickets and 2 days before the show they canceled the whole show!! Yes, metal music with lead vocals is totally forbidden and won’t be allowed in here, for example arrivl will never get any warrant to have an official gig, or kahtmayan will never get any warrant for have an official warrant for play tracks with vocals. Audience here in any kind of show and any music genre must be seated and not allowed to watch the show standing. If the situation were open to work and for more activities to do shows and publishing without all these restrictions, there were more active bands, and musician and people get to see and hear more from their favorite band and musician but as I said before, Iran`s government will do anything and uses its potential so they could stop this genre from growing. Not just this kind of music but any kind of art has its own filter and proxies, for instance Kahtmayan won’t get any chance to do a concert with vocals here however we have an album with vocal and we played it at our last concert in Dubai. Many of movie makers, Poets, writers, during the life of this religion region wont got chance to show and publish their products. MOM: As you know Mistresses of Metal are huge fans of both bands, and we love promoting your music, i especially love virtual existence. Are you releasing any new music in the near future? We follow you closely via social media and your recent photos of stratovarius are great. Amir: Yes as I said both bands are working and you will get to hear more from both of these bands, one other activities that I do is some stage photography which I get a chance to do couple of time a year as the official festival photographer in festivals held around Iran.2014 was a good year for me cause I get a chance to see for the first and second time my favorites bands like : Dream theater, Megadeth, Gojira, Amon amarth , Haggard, Turisas, Him and Stratovarius and working with them as photographer. MOM: what can you tell us about meeting them and that show? Stratovarius and working with them as photographer. Amir: All of them were amazing and great specially Stratovarius they had an amazing perform and they are really nice and cool guys and I had a chance to meet and talk after they show and they were amazed and shocked to know about Iranian photographer and even got more excited after hearing about all other fans they have in Iran. MOM: Amir can you give us insight into a typical day for you as manager of two bands? Amir: Before anything else I really like and love doing this job cause I really love metal I wish to do this job in a free environment so I can be free and have more options to work with.Everyday activities consisting of contacting with company , radios, magazines , webzine, record label and also with concert organization or festival managers , which isn’t happening each day. And a huge part is to promote and introducing this genre and bands from Iran with all these restrictions held on us. Peek of my activities was 2 week before kahtmayan`s concert in Iran or a month before arrivl and kahtmayan`s gigs in Dubai which happily everything went as planned, In these days I’m working on kahtmayan`s merchandise and so soon they will ready containing t shirts posters and also busy with new kahtmayan new album it will be so different and in a new genre, kahtmayan use 8 string guitars is this album with more atmosphere of eastern music. And busy with writing lyrics for new arrivl Ep. MOM: Any upcoming festivals or shows the bands will be playing? Amir: I’m so eager to participate in different festivals with both bands, they are both ready but we need support from organization and I don’t mean money, support like sending invitation for bands. At the moment we are prepared to play In any shows, we don’t have any gigs booked at the moment but I’m waiting for kahtmayan`s album and arrivl`s single to start my plans. MOM: Any plans to play the States? Amir: Definitely U.S.A is one of my targets for bringing bands and play in a free country and one of innovative metal countries in the world. I wanna see the American fans facing Iranians band and ask their opinion about them. MOM: What bands are you currently listening to? Amir: I like difference genre of metal and I listen to variety of bands but black metal has been my passion since the beginning. These days I’m into doom, black and atmospheric metal and recently I heard a band named “clouds” which inspired me a lot and I suggest you guys to give em a try. I listen to couple of bands each days through these whole years Therion , Tiamat and Moonspell. MOM: Will you tell our readers who are unfamiliar with both bands, about the current band line up, where they can get the music, and where to find you guys on the social media sites? Amir: kahtmayan are : Homayoun Majdzadeh founder and composer and Guitarist . Saeed moghaddami Giutar , Mostafa Salehi Bass and Ali Farraz Drums . You can find us on www.kahtmayan.com and official facebook page and also you can dl 2 old album from the official site , and you can see some tracks and video on our youtube channel , and arrivl are Vahid Esfahani bass , Fazel Samani Guitar, Hamed Azizi vocals , and trying for good new drummer for band and for gig we use session Guitarist . you can also find us on , www.arrivl-music.com and our facebook page , in youtube you can watch a track from our last concert in Dubai. We thank Amir Kharazzi for allowing us to present this to you. Thanks for reading. © 2015 Misi & Cari Mistresses of Metal’
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