Soheil Soheili (b.1983) is an interdisciplinary artist and a researcher from Iran. His experiences have converged toward the field of humanities and culture. He started learning and playing music in the early 90s, attending a reputable music institute (Chang, 1991) for 'Tombak'. It is a percussive instrument that is widely used in the traditional music of Iran. His paternal family includes passionate learners and admirers of Persian literature, and at least one Grammy award nominee.
.....He later became associated both with the punk-rock and hip-hop sub-culture through playing in a jam band with his friends "Patriam" (since 2002). Being present during the proliferation of art-movements in Iran and establishment of critical art forms, e.g. graffiti art, and hip-hop, skating and gaining experiences from a small circle of artists, he and his friends found their ways to adjust and renovate an abandoned swimming pool into the a cement-skatepark to practice graffiti and stencil art; the "Street Rats" was known as the first graffiti crew in Iran in 2005 and gained considerable reaction by both the domestic and international media since 2006; as of 2007 the crew and the label is defunc). While many of the stories and primary arrangement of those meetings are not to be disclosed to the public anymore, the whole effort was rewarded with a 'reputation' in the so-called subculture in Tehran, something which is kept to this date. His skating career became an alibi to also prepare live sets for the skatepark, and of course as an entry to electronic music in 2008, you may be able to guess the rest of story with Parkingallery, Saroseda, et al., In the meanwhile, the community of friends in 'Patriam' (ex-Zartosht) was developing into more bands and gained followers, before reaching a bitter closure as the 'Free Keys' in Brooklyn, NY (2013)....
Soheil holds a B. A. in English language and Literature (2015) and has been active as a translator for a number of scholars, academic research projects and journals since then, with articles ranging from Urban Studies to Sound Theory, and music. Being a drop-out student of engineering, and a keen learner of mathematics and electronics, he is interested in and employs coding and microcontrollers to make his own DIY devices.
He now works as a record producer (mixing specialist and mastering advisor) and a private promotion agent. He owns his own private post-production space 'Studio A Tehran', and a team for supporting truly independent artistic-music movements in Iran (Classical, Jazz, Electronic and Contemporary music) - it includes preparing live-sound for performers.
Having long-term collaboration with essential initiatives and collectives for art in Iran, namely the New Media Society
, the project space for New Media Arts in Tehran, and becoming in touch with a variety of creative media artists in Iran, enabled him and a team of his colleagues to establish Noise à Noise
, the independent label that he directly manages for experimental music, field-recording, poetry and soundscapes [in Iran]. He frequently writes for student journals like 'Farahang' or the 'Audio/Video industry' bi-quarterly in Iran. Below you can read a selected list of the activity: