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Serj Tankian
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Background information
Born August 21 1967 (1967-08-21) (age 49)[1]
Origin Beirut, Lebanon[1]
Genre(s) Art rock
Alternative metal
Experimental metal
Folk rock
Nu-metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, poet
Instrument(s) Vocals
Keyboard
Piano
Guitar
Bass guitar
Years active 1993 - present
Label(s) Serjical Strike, Reprise, American, Columbia, Axis of Justice
Associated
acts
System of a Down
Serart
Axis of Justice
Buckethead & Friends
Website www.serjicalstrike.com

www.serjtankian.com

Members
Serj Tankian
Dan Monti
Larry "Ler" LaLonde
Mario Pagliarulo
Troy Zeigler
Erwin Khachikian

Serj Tankian (Armenian: Սերժ Թանգեան) (born August 21, 1967 in Beirut, Lebanon[1]) is a Lebanese-born Armenian-American singer, songwriter, poet, activist, and multi-instrumentalist. He is best known as the former lead vocalist, and keyboardist of the alternative metal band System of a Down. In 2002, Serj and Tom Morello co-founded a non-profit political activist organization, Axis of Justice. During his entertainment career, he released five albums with System of a Down, one with Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Serart), and also recently a solo album, Elect the Dead, on October 23, 2007.

BiographyEdit

Early life and careerEdit

Serj excelled in his studies from a young age. Tankian has a degree in Marketing and Business from California State University.[2] He took guitar lessons as a young child. In 1993, he founded the band Soil (not to be confused with SOiL) with Daron Malakian, Domingo Laranio, Dave Hakopyan, and later, Shavo Odadjian. Two years later however after one supposed jam session recording and one live show Dave and Domingo left. Shavo (who went on to become the bass player) brought in drummer Andy Kakachirin. This part of the group then named themselves, System of a Down. During System's days, he sang in other bands for certain songs such as Mushroom Cult by Dog Fashion Disco and lent his vocals to the song Mein by Deftones. He produced "Enter the Chicken" by Buckethead, and provided vocals to the Buckethead songs We Are One, Coma, and Waiting Here. With Serjical Strike Records, he endeavours to offer those musicians often ignored by the mainstream a possibility to release their music and be heard. The first release of Serj's new label was Serart, a project consisting of Tankian himself, and Arto Tunçboyacıyan, an Armenian friend of Tankian's.

More recently, he sang with Les Rita Mitsouko on the song "Terminal Beauty". Also, he sang with the band Fair to Midland during a live improvisational version of their song "Walls of Jericho", from the album Fables from a Mayfly: What I Tell You Three Times Is True, which was a massive hit with fans. He often collaborates as well with his close friend, director Diran Noubar on various projects, including the voice-over of Noubar's "Armenia, a Country Under Blockade". Noubar played some guitar on Tankian's Elect the Dead album on the track "Saving Us" and directed the music video for "Baby".

Tankian is also very involved politically. Together with Tom Morello, he founded the organization Axis of Justice. Tankian has a secondary (vacation) home in New Zealand. There has been a misconception that he intends to stay in New Zealand until the Iraq war is over, but as stated in an interview, Tankian has no intention in doing so. Tankian often speaks publicly against violence and injustice in the world.

WritingsEdit

In 2001, Tankian released a book of poetry titled Cool Gardens that is currently in its second printing. Actor and poet Saul Williams said in a review of Cool Gardens that:

Serj's words, like his voice, have a distinct aesthetic sensibility connected to an unyielding, visceral roar of passion. His capacity 'to mock a killing bird' while we wonder at the grace, beauty, and colorful range of his wingspan will be the trademark of both of his singing and writing careers.[3]
Two days after the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001, Serj wrote an essay entitled "Understanding Oil"[4]. It caused a lot of controversy, particularly because many readers seemed to miss the message.

DiscographyEdit

System of a DownEdit

Main article: System of a Down discography

SerartEdit

Axis of JusticeEdit

SoloEdit

SinglesEdit

Year Title Chart positions Album
US
Hot 100
US
Mod. Rock
US
Main. Rock
UK UK
Rock Track
CAN
Hot 100
2007 "The Unthinking Majority" 3 - - - - - - Elect the Dead
"Empty Walls" 97 3 4 78 1 75
"Lie Lie Lie" 3 - - - - - -
2008 "Sky Is Over" 1 [5] - 24 30 - - -
  • 1 Still active on charts.
  • 2 To be released.
  • 3 Only released as a digital download single

Collaborations/soundtrack contributionsEdit

AlbumsEdit

Performing and/or writing

Live PerformancesEdit

RemixesEdit

öpö

AwardsEdit

  • In 2006, System of a Down won their first Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for "B.Y.O.B."
  • In 2006, they won the "MTV Good Woodie Award" for their song "Question!".
  • In 2006, they were #14 on the VH1 Top 40 Metal Songs with "Toxicity".
  • In 2007, they were nominated for a Grammy Award in Best Hard Rock Performance for their song "Lonely Day".

VideographyEdit

Song name Album Director
"The Unthinking Majority" Elect the Dead (2007) Tawd b. Dorenfeld
"Empty Walls" Elect the Dead (2007) Tony Petrossian
"Saving Us" Elect the Dead (2007) Kevin Estrada
"Feed Us" Elect the Dead (2007) Sevag Vrej
"Lie Lie Lie" Elect the Dead (2007) Martha Colburn
"Honking Antelope" Elect the Dead (2007) Roger Kupelian
"Elect the Dead" Elect the Dead (2007) Gariné Torossian
"Baby" Elect the Dead (2007) Isaac "Eye-Sack" Flores
"Sky is Over" (independent video) Elect the Dead (2007) José Rivera
"Beethoven's Cunt" Elect the Dead (2007) Adam Egypt Mortimer
"Money" Elect the Dead (2007) Ara Soudjian
"Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition" Elect the Dead (2007) Greg Watermann
"Sky is Over" (official video) Elect the Dead (2008) Tony Petrossian and Ara Soudjian

EquipmentEdit

  • Fender Stratocaster
  • Various Marshall 1/2 stacks
  • Gibson SG
  • Gibson Les Paul
  • Gibson Flying V
  • Roland VS-1680
  • BOSS DR-202 Dr. Groove
  • Ibanez Grg170dx
  • BOSS GT-5 Guitar Effects Processor
  • BOSS DS-1 Distortion
  • BOSS CH-1 Super Chorus[citation needed]
  • Korg Triton
  • Custom First Act Double Cutaway Lola
  • Roland SH-101

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

Persondata
NAME Tankian, Serj
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION musician
DATE OF BIRTH August 21, 1967
PLACE OF BIRTH Beirut, Lebanon
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH

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