Feature > Interview > KAYVON ZAND BY SANAZ KHALAJ
The US’s recent mega-sale of arms to Saudi Arabia seems to have made the whispers of bombing Iran grow louder, but so have Iranian-Americans in their pursuance of the “American Dream”. Realizing the trance of opportunity and freedom that brought them to the US in the first place, Iranian-Americans are arriving on a multitude of industries with great amplitude. Kayvon Zand, a surging model, musician, and promising supplementary to the eruption of current young Iranian-American artists making a name in their niche, is a witty superstar in the making. With his bewitching lucent-azure eyes and original style, Kayvon should be on everyone’s watch list. We had the exclusive pleasure to interview the inevitable heavy-weight in New York’s finest fashion circles and self-declared “Supermodel Terrorist” recently for your enjoyment. Click here to listen to a sample of his new track ‘Push It’.
Sanaz Khalaj: Where were you born?
Kayvon Zand: Good ole Wilmington, NC
SJ: Music, acting, or modeling - which is your biggest passion?
KZ: Well music was my first language. I knew how to play before I could
speak, so there is definitely a connection with my soul and harmony.
Although, I am a renaissance man, I love art in all forms.
SJ: Have you worked with any Iranian designers, like Hushi from "Michael &
Hushi" or Pegah Anvarian, as a model?
KZ: I started modeling in Europe and that is where I reached the climax in
my modeling career to date. I did not have the opportunity at the time
to work with them, although, I have worked with Nima Behnoud here in
SJ: Were you musical from an early age?
KZ: Again, first language ;)
SJ: Who is your favorite designer and why?
KZ: To be honest I do not follow brands or names. People on the street inspire me. So I would say NYC scene kids are amongst my favorite designers because they make everything from head to toe they are wearing. Not for everyone, but true self expression.
SJ: Who is your favorite musician and why?
KZ: I actually am I big fan of Javad Maroofi. I grew up mimicking his
compositions. Rachmaninoff is another legend right next to Dave Gohan
of Depeche mode. I love music that speaks from melody, not necessarily
SJ: Who is your favorite actor?
KZ: Johnny Depp is just cool. His darkness and choice of roles appeal to me.
SJ: Who do you consider an inspiration or role model?
KZ: Hmm, this is kind of tricky. Everyday someone inspires me. I cant
imagine having one person as inspiration, that would make me a copy
cat, lol. Everyone is an inspiration whether it be dark or light. The
past has inspired me to move forward if anything.
SJ: What do you think of the new-generation of Iranian-American musicians; i.e. Deep Dish?