We had the good fortune of connecting with Kamran Oskouie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kamran, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I’m currently in the process of transforming my business by using recycled materials.. I haven’t quite worked out all the kinks but I will soon be building electric guitars with bodies made from recycled single-use plastics. I am teaching the community the importance of cleaning and sorting their plastics before disposing them properly. This will not only help to keep harmful waste out of the oceans, cut down on landfill usage, and clean up the streets, but will also stray away from the lumber industry., which is fueled by labor exploitation, co2 emitting machinery, and illegal deforestation.
What should our readers know about your business?
I am the proud owner of Ahadi Guitars, although it isn’t quite a success story yet. I build custom electric guitars and basses, mostly bolt-on style. I haven’t been able to sustain my income solely off of my business yet, but my goal is to be at that point before I turn 30. Hard is an understatement. Starting a new business with no financial backing or investment is akin to attending law school with no scholarships or rich parents. I’ve been working full time in the restaurant industry while spending all of my free time on growing my business and all of my savings on renting a shop and buying machinery. I have no complaints, I welcome the challenge and firmly believe in the old adage that pressure makes diamonds.
People, tip your bartender!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I couldn’t possibly fit all of my favorite Phoenix spots into one week. I would certainly reserve one day for a small road trip north to Sedona. It’s one of the most beautiful places on earth. I would also have to take them hiking up camelback mountain, the hike can be lengthy, but the view is spectacular. We would also go to the diviest dive bar satan himself couldn’t even imagine, called Palo Verde in Tempe.
Other restaurants/bars would include:
Yucca Tap Room
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Roberto-Venn School for Luthiery in Arizona is where I learned the foundation of guitar building. I knew absolutely nothing about luthiery prior to attending the school, and now I have the knowledge to do anything I want in the industry. Huge shout out to them. Also, my partner Ally deserves a lot of credit for supporting me while I was in school, and putting up with the hours I work between my business and weekend job. She is a saint, and I wouldn’t be here without her.