Ezra Koenig was born in 1985 in New York
. He was brought up in New Jersey. While his mother was a therapist, his father was a supervisor of sets in movies. His family members could play music and they loved music, so Ezra was highly influenced from them to being a musical career. He wrote his first song, "Bad Birthday Party", at the age of 10.
Initially he played piano, but then moved to guitar. While studying at Columbia University, he formed a rap humor band, L' Homme Run, with Andrew Kalaidjian. But in search of a different type of music, he played saxophone for The Dirty Projectors in India.
In 2005, Ezra along with three friends from the Columbia University, Chris Baio, Chris Tomson and Rostam Batmanglij, forme
d the rock band Vampire Weekend. Initially, they practised at Rostam's apartment. After he completed his graduation, Ezra Koenig began teaching in Brooklyn. But he kept playing when he was off teaching. Gradually, the name of Vampire Weekend spread and, in 2007, they set out on a brief tour of USA. At the end of this tour, Vampire Weekend got their first recording contract from XL.
By this time the band had self-recorded an album. They had to add just one more track to the album to please their record Label. In 2007, Vampire Weekend released their first track, "Mansard Roof" which entered the Billboard Top 20 charts in USA. They also set out on a European tour and played as opening act for the band The Shins.
Their first album, "Vampire Weekend", was released in 2008 and reached #17 on Billboard 200 in US and #15 in UK. They were also invited to MTV and Saturday Night Live. So far, Ezra Koenig has followed the direction his music has shown him and his path has successful.
Why is he famous?
Ezra Koenig is famous as the frontman of the rock band Vampire Weekend, one of the rising bands in New York.
Here is one of his famous quotes:
"I have a complicated relationship with grammar."
- Ezra Koenig
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