Soraya Sebghati, @sorayaspaghetti is a songwriter and lead vocalist for Night Talks, @night_talks a Los Angeles alternative rock band. Born in 1994, she cites her musical influences as #Björk, #Radiohead, #Portishead, #FionaApple, and, #David Bowie. Their current single "Green" (on #iTunes) is in heavy rotation on #KROQ
The #NightTalks players have worked together since they formed #BlacktopSaints a few years back. Soraya is a recent graduate from #OccidentalCollege with a BA in English and Comparative Literary Studies.
She says: “Growing up as an #Iranian woman in #LosAngeles has been a really interesting, frustrating, and great experience. At first I wanted to distance myself from my own identity as an Iranian person because as a child I was so concerned with fitting in at a predominantly white private school.
As Middle Eastern people, we straddle a unique line of being both what is called ‘a model minority’ and a feared/supposedly violent one. We're valued because a lot of us go on to be doctors or lawyers, but we're also feared because of the recent spike in Islamophobia throughout the world.
“Being both a woman and a musician is pretty difficult, as people are not really likely to take you seriously right off the bat. I've dealt with a lot of people thinking I'm the girlfriend of the band, or that I'm just ‘the girl’ in the band, and it's often discouraging. However, I really love performing and playing music far too much for that to stop me. It's just another hurdle I have to jump in order to attain my goals.”
She says although she loves the academic classroom environment, she has no plans to return to school for her Master’s anytime soon.
Excerpts from an article by Victoria Thomas on examiner.com dated 6/7/16
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