By Mandi Kimes
Raam is an Iranian musician currently based out of Tehran. He started his musical career as the singer-songwriter and founder of Hypernova, a post-punk band in New York, which was born in the undergrounds of Tehran in the early 2000's. After receiving some modest success with Hypernova, he decided to pursue a solo career under the name of King Raam. After several years of adventures between New York, London and Los Angeles, Raam has finally returned to his motherland in order to record his new album.
The progressive nature of the modern Iranian society, led by the younger generation, has ushered a new era of creativity that has opened the way for its artists to express themselves more freely in a country where only a few years ago such creative outbursts were considered to be crimes. Hopefully this is only the beginning of this positive trend.
Raam was born in the coastal city of Bushehr, Iran, and moved to Eugene on the West Coast of the United States with his family at a young age. Raam would return to Iran in the 90s, where he lived as a teenager in Tehran. He later immigrated to Canada in 1998 to try his luck at college life. His fragile eggshell mind, however, would not settle for the calm of the classroom, so he set out on a journey to find his calling, which was the founding of Hypernova, the first rock band to come from Iran to get signed and tour with big acts around the world. Pioneering the Iranian rock movement and exposing a different side of the axis of evil, with a great deal of international press behind them, Hypernova led a new generation of aspiring underground Iranian artists eager to share their music with the world.
Raam launched his solo career in 2011 with Songs of the Wolves, a personal and sincere album of love and loss. With the help of Persian poet/author Tara Aghdashloo, who wrote lyrics for the album, Raam expanded his musical horizons singing in his native Persian language for the first time. The success of the album was a pleasant surprise for everyone. It was a reaffirmation that there is a legitimate demand for an alternative sound in the Iranian music scene. He recorded his sophomore follow up The Vulture in Toronto in 2013.
He currently is working on his third album back in Tehran with his new band. To promote the upcoming record Raam will have a North American and European tour in the summer of 2015.