Interview with Behzad Khakbaz (@behzadkhakbazofficial)

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Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

I am an Iranian metal musician who risks everything to take a chance and pursue my dream of a music career after hiding in the underground music scene in Tehran. The trio of musicians secretly works via Skype with a United States music producer while navigating imposed sanctions on Iran and the ban on metal music. After sorting through a multitude of Visa issues, one of which is no US embassy in my country, I finally make it out of Iran to escape the bomb ridden country. Upon arriving in the US, I begin to feel both the exhilaration of freedom to create and perform their music, while simultaneously facing the loss of potentially being unable to return to their families, if I release the music and documentary. I find myself feeling stuck in Los Angeles on a roller coaster between freedom and fear that leads to gut-wrenching lyrical journeys, emotional peaks, and valleys and ultimately a choice for their dream.

Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this? 

The most interesting story is, I produced a documentary movie about my story and my band which has won an award in an international film festival in New York in 2017.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”? 

Be honest and don’t give up.

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? 

I really want to thanks my record producer paul, you can watch the story through my documentary here: https://beyondthebombs.com/

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I make music and music makes love.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life? 

Only a miracle can save us hahaha.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

They can find me on Instagram @ behzadkhakbazofficial.

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