Abdi Ohadi Interview
Abdi Ohadi (born 1369 in Kerman), started playing guitar since he was 10 years old and in 1389 formed the band
Aortae with Homayoon Majdzade (Kahtmayan’s leader) and Saeed Piltan as drummer who left the band later.
1- How did your childhood go?
I like my childhood a lot. Playing and watching cartoons and lonely times were my favorite. I was a quiet kid and
sometimes other kids would bully me which made me so sad, so I was happier alone.I’m still a kid inside.
2- How did you form Aortae?
Aortae was the name I had in mind since high school, because of the unusual form of my own aortae . the band was
formed by the time Kahtmayan visited kerman. I composed most of the material through that time. The album
“Schizotherapy” was a series of my repressed emotions after years, I could never form the band without
Homayaoon. Right now us two are the only members of Aortae.
3- How do you write your songs?
Usually in the middle of the night and they totally just happen.I never said ok let’s pick up the guitar and write a
song! You always get good results while improvising.
4- What is your favorite song among your compositions?
I’ve written lots of songs in different genres, “Still Bleeding” is so special to me and I did a cover of “Tide Is Turning”
by Roger Waters which is also my favorite.
5- What do you think about the bands in Iran?
Personally, I think good things are about to happen. Things are getting better everyday. I’m a huge fan of
Kahtmayan and I also listen to other musicians. To me, the most important thing about an artist, is having a
character without technical complications,I seek for deep emotions,be it sadness,happiness,love or hatred.That’s
what appeals to me.Technics don’t quite work out without a nice concept behind.Also I think doing covers is a good
exercise in order to know the musical roots.
6- What would you rather do, if you weren’t a musician ?
An author or a chef! I’m crazy about food! and I love writing a lot. Or I would be a basketball player if I could,or
maybe I’d do food testing.
7- Do you think the meaning of mainstream has changed through times ?
Not the meaning but the place. If you check your Telegram you see everyone is so anti mainstream. Everyone is
looking for unknown artists that nobody’s ever heard of, but I don’t call the everyday musical events as mainstream
This is sad to see people have heard more Amon Amarth than Death and Andy James is more popular than Marty
Friedman. Or hardcore Camel fans don’t go beyond Rajaz and the song Stationary Traveller,or same thing about
Pink Floyd.Metallica is being punched from every side everday by those who cannot bear new different things
happening.They go hard on the album “Hard wired to self destruct” and the performance with Lady GaGa and stuff
like that. I have my own way,I’d rather be eating a fancy meal at some old routine restaurant than having a routine
meal at some new fancy place,I might test the new fancy place and go back to it every once in a while,but my first
choice would always be that one old restaurant.
8- If you could be a Disney character, who would you be ?
It’s the most interesting question! It’s so hard to choose cause I love them all… umm guess I’d like to be Goofy! He
has a cool character with weird adventures. He doesn’t live so logically. He also goes to beautiful places.
9- Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I’ll be around ! trying to enjoy music more and getting better at it,with my big mind which is getting bigger
interview by Aida Zarifian