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Ezra Koenig

Ezra Koenig playing the guitar at the Pitchfork Music Festival at Union Park in Chicago
Background information
Birth name Ezra Koenig
Born April 8, 1984 (1984-04-08) (age 25)
Origin New York City, New York, United States
Occupations Musician, singer-songwriter
Associated acts Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors, Discovery, L'Homme Run, The Very Best
Notable instruments
Epiphone Sheraton II

Ezra Koenig (born April 8, 1984[1] in New York City) is the lead singer and guitarist of New York based indie rock band Vampire Weekend.



Koenig (KAY-nig) grew up in Northern New Jersey and attended Glen Ridge High School. His mother is a therapist. His father is a set supervisor on film sets and has worked on several Spike Lee movies. His parents lived on the Upper West Side of Manhattan before moving to New Jersey. He is Jewish and the fourth generation of his family to attend an Ivy League institution. Ezra's cousin is Gold Motel's Greta Salpeter (formally of The Hush Sound).

Musical career

Prior to forming Vampire Weekend, Koenig formed the comedy rock group called L’Homme Run,[2] played saxophone for the indie rock band Dirty Projectors on a European tour and was an eighth-grade English teacher in Junior High School 258 in Brooklyn, New York, until 2007.

Koenig met the members of Vampire Weekend while attending Columbia University and started the group in their senior year. The name of the group comes from the movie of the same name that Ezra and his friends made over summer vacations. Ezra plays the main character, Walcott, who has to go to Cape Cod to tell the mayor that vampires are coming. They self-produced their first album after graduation while concurrently working full-time jobs.

Koenig provides vocals on the song "Carby" on LP, the debut album of Discovery, a group which features Vampire Weekend keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij. He's also featured on "Warm Heart of Africa" by The Very Best.

In 2009 Koenig was featured in Kid Cudi's song "Cudderisback."


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