Serj Tankian

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Serj Tankian
Serj Tankian
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August 21, 1967
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Some Facts
Vocalist for Grammy Award winning American rock band System of a Down whose members are of Armenian heritage and their songs often have political lyrics like the P.L.U.C.K. about the 1915 Armenian Genocide and the Prison Song which criticizes the prison systems; former song is featured in Ararat (2002) by Canadian-Armenian Atom Egoyan, who admired the genius Soviet-Armenian Sergei Parajanov whose political imprisonment is condemned in Mikhail Vartanov's Parajanov: The Last Spring (1992)
System of a Down went on hiatus in 2006, but are back together and will tour next year. [November 2010]
Was a CEO for a computer software company before joining System of a Down
He is a vegetarian.
Serj owns his own record label which is called 'Serjical Strike Records'.
Personal Quotes
In the last few years I've been listening to jazz more than anything else. I listen to a lot of world music and experimental here and there.
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The best way to do that is to pick up a new instrument or an instrument that you don't typically write on and see where it takes you. Whether it's using an acoustic guitar, or piano, or electronics as tools, all of these lead to creating different types of songs and I used all of these methods for this record.
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It's probably a combination of personal and non-personal matters that have led us to where we are musically.
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Pretending that we live doesn't make us alive.
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Sometimes it's better to have a benign dictator than a dumb democracy, to be honest.
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