Collaborating creatively is something that is more difficult than it might seem. The process of blending deeply personal ideas with often challenging personalities can be quite the task—just ask Noel and Liam Gallagher. There are few people on the face of this earth who are able to collaborate better than Rostam Batmanglij. The musician, who goes by Rostam, first burst on to the Indie scene roughly 10 years ago as the guitarist of Vampire Weekend. Rostam co-wrote and produced every Vampire Weekend album until he left the band in 2014. He then had no difficulty finding work as a producer, crafting songs with some of the biggest names in pop like HAIM, Carly Rae Jepsen, Hamilton Leithauser, Charli XCX, Ra Ra Riot, Frank Ocean, Francis and The Lights, and Jenny Lewis, to name a few. On his debut solo album, Half Light, Rostam gets to tell the full story—and its a story only he can tell. I was lucky enough to be able to talk to Rostam about Half Light, “the story” of the record, creating trust in the studio, and the 10 year anniversary of Vampire Weekend’s Self Titled Debut Album.