Published on November 7th, 2019 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Azam Ali On Her New Album “PHANTOMS,” Her Fine Art Career, Working With Buckethead & More

Released on September 13, 2019, PHANTOMS is the latest full-length from Azam Ali, who composed, recorded and produced it. Mixed by GRAMMY-nominated engineer Michael Patterson (Beck, Notorious B.I.G., Atticus Ross, Nine Inch Nails, Spleen United, Linus Of Hollywood, The Social Network soundtrack), PHANTOMS is also Ali’s first full-length album sung completely in English.

The career of the multi-cultural artist — Azam Ali was born in Tehran, lived in India till she was four, and then came to America in 1985 after the Iranian revolution of 1979 — began in the chart-topping and ground-breaking international world electronic/acoustic group Niyaz. As a solo artist, Azam has received two Canadian JUNO Award nominations and one HMMA (Hollywood Music In Media Award) for her bold artistry. She has collaborated either in-studio or on-stage with Serj Tankian of System Of A Down, Peter Murphy of Bauhaus, The Crystal Method, and The Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart. Her film, television and game soundtrack contributions include Thor: The Dark World, Matrix: Revolutions, 300, Fight Club, Uncharted 3, True Blood, Alias, Dawn Of The Dead, Prison Break and Call Of Duty.

On October 24th, I had the pleasure of speaking with Azam Ali herself by phone about hew new album PHANTOMS, her dual career in fine art, her friendship with Bauhaus’ Peter Murphy, her 4AD influences, and even working with Buckethead. The audio from that interview is embedded below, while more on Azam Ali can be found online by visiting

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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