LE BAIN: Disco Tehran aims to connect NYC with the “era of 1970s cosmopolitan venues in Tehran”. You were probably too young to experiment Tehran’s nightlife in the 1970s but please tell us about that golden age, before the Iranian Revolution of 1979.
ARYA: We never got to physically experience those days but the images of that era are imprinted in our collective psyche. The 1970s was a moment in space-time where the tumultuous state of the world led to beautiful productions in art and music. In Iran, it led to daring experiments in the arts. We can still feel it the music and culture that remain. The essence of those days, along with the image palette, was passed by to us from our parents and the world around us.
MANI: Our human experience is as much informed by what we have experienced as what we have missed out on. Unlike for our parents’ generation, our nightlife mostly happened indoors. While they frequented vinyl stores to shop the latest local and global releases and dwelled venues and cabarets for live shows, our generation mostly attended underground parties and played shows behind closed doors. However, the narratives of our parents showed us that another kind of public nightlife was possible.