Rumy Love was born to Iranian Muslim immigrants in Maryland, but spent majority of his life in Northern Virginia. When he was seven years old along with his family they relocated to Iran which was a huge culture shock for him. Iran is a country with a fascist regime, culturally very different from the United States. “I went from listening to Madonna, and New Kids On The Block, to getting arrested for listening to Pop music… Living in two totally different countries has influenced, and shaped me as a artist.”
In 1996 Rumy moved back to the United States. “I remember being exposed to so many different artists like, No Doubt, Puff Daddy, Coolio, Aaliyah, Mariah Carey, Missy, TLC, Metallica, Jarool, Ashanti, Naz, Red Hot Chilly Peppers” This was during a time when Pop, R&B, and Hiphop where at the forefront of mainstream media. Not only is Rumy influenced by Persian music because of his time spent in Iran, but also by the pop music he began hearing once he came back to the United States.
“Growing up as a Queer Muslim kid, in the 90’s, I felt really alone, and uninformed. I didn’t have any gay roll models, I didn’t even know one other gay person.” Rumy explains how he uses his passed experiences as inspiration for his writing. “I want my music to have a healing, and empowering message. I don’t want anyone to ever feel the way I did when I was a kid.” Today Rumy is a staunch activist for the LGBTQ+ community, and strives to have a positive influence through his music.
In 2008 Rumy was accepted to The New School, Parsons The New School for Design in New York City. He also began interning at DefJam, And Bad Boy Records. While in New York he worked with many notable producers such as, James Ryan Ho (Malay), Adam Joseph, Adam Keshin (Zeroviz)… In 2013 he released his debut single titled “9 to 5” through Housepital Records. Since then he has had a slew of singles such as “Fall for you”, and “Persian Girl”…
Singer Songwriter Rumy Love has released a new music video shot at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington D.C. The energetic dance/ house beat, accompanied with the lyrics of the song are meant to inspire the listener to get up and “Stand up for your rights”. As we listened we found ourselves dancing and inspired to continue fighting for change. Rumy love wrote “March the Streets” as a call to action. The song urges listeners to take to the streets in support of Black Lives Matter, the LGBTQ + community, equality, and human rights. We are excited to promote this song, and feel it brings an incredibly powerful message. Check out the video below.
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Aria Velz is a director, TikToker, and Lesbian Media Enthusiast based in the D.C. area. On November 2nd, she sat down with me to talk about it all, from her latest production at Olney Theatre Center to the things that lead to her little corner on TikTok.
On October 29th, Olney Theatre Center wrapped its run of Prince Gomolvilas’ ‘The Brothers Paranormal.’ The disconcerting, borderline terrifying production was co-directed by Olney’s Senior Associate Artistic Director, Hallie Gordon, and Velz herself. The show was one of the spookiest times I have had in a theatre in quite some time. It was evident that the show was a well researched labor of love.