System of a Down, also known by the acronym SOAD and often shortened to System, is an Armenian-American rock band from Southern California, formed in 1994. It consists of Serj Tankian (lead vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Daron Malakian (vocals, guitar), Shavo Odadjian (bass, background vocals) and John Dolmayan (drums). All four members are of Armenian descent, and are widely known for their outspoken views expressed in many of their songs confronting the Armenian Genocide of 1915 as well as the ongoing War on Terrorism.


System of a Down, also known by the acronym SOAD and often shortened to System, is an Armenian-American rock band from Southern California, formed in 1994. It consists of Serj Tankian (lead vocals, keyboards, rhythm guitar), Daron Malakian (vocals, guitar), Shavo Odadjian (bass, background vocals) and John Dolmayan (drums). All four members are of Armenian descent, and are widely known for their outspoken views expressed in many of their songs confronting the Armenian Genocide of 1915 as well as the ongoing War on Terrorism.


The band has achieved commercial success with the release of five studio albums; three of their studio albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. System of a Down has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, and won the award in 2006 for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song "B.Y.O.B.". On August 13, 2006, the group went on indefinite hiatus, but announced a reunion on November 29, 2010 with several shows planned at European music festivals for the summer of 2011.


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Monday, March 28, 2011


Irvine, CA Show is On-Sale Now
March 26th, 2011
Tickets for the SOAD headline Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre show, are on-sale now.
Click the link below for ticketing information.
5/25/11: Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (Buy Tickets)

Irvine Show Pre-sale Today
March 23rd, 2011 A special pre-sale for the Irvine, CA show is open to our fans today (Wed 3/23), from 10am to 10pm PST.
This will give you the first chance to buy the best tickets. Click here to access the pre-sale.
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Irvine Show Announced
Irvine, CA has now been added to our North America tour.
Details and ticket link below.
5/25/11: Irvine, CA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (on-sale 3/26/11)

  1. Greg Malakian
    Please Como to Brazl.
    We love SOAD
  2. Brazil
    Come to Brazil
  3. dani_soad
    we want more...
  4. Raphael Luchini
    Please, come to brazil!
  5. Doorber
    Queremos verlos en Costa Rica. La comunidad Roquera es muy grande aqui. Y tenemos estadio nuevo.
  6. Lunch
    To Poland!
  7. Neek
    I'm seriously dancing right now.
  8. Go Brazil
    please , come do a show in Brazil, preferably on "ROCK IN RIO"
  9. Mota
    Come to Brazil, playing in rock in rio with Metallica in Rio de Janeiro or Sao Paulo SWU, please come guys, Brazil loves you.
  10. Leonardo
    Please, man... Come to Brazil... Come to Rock In Rio... A long time we hope to see them play here in Brazil, in South America .. Please, even if they do not come at Rock In Rio, do not stop coming here ... There is an audience that loves you very much! I wish the best for you! And please, come to Brazil! =]
  11. Metalson
    Please, come to Lithuania, we love SOAD!
  12. gabriel
    +600.000 votes
  13. Lukas
    please come to Brazil!
  14. Brazil
    And...BRAZIL ?
  15. Thomas
    Can't you guys just come to wacken open air? It would make a lot of people VERY VERY happy (including me :D )!!!!
  16. Anderson bass malakian
    come to BRAZIL soad !!!
  17. S.O.A.D_Malakian
    i want system of a down in mexico!! <3
  18. Brazil
    Come to Brazil ²
  19. manu
    please come to peru
  20. Irishman2809
    Come to Oklahoma
  21. Yes
    Come to Mexico!! (Monterrey) ;D
  22. Jose Rangel
    Please come to Mexico city!!!!!!!!
  23. DiegoMalakian
    Hey SOAD, Come to Rock'n Rio or SWU in Brazil.
  24. Barbara Rios
    SOAD come to Rock in Rio...
    Only you guys to save this festival!
  25. Patrick
    Please, come to Brazil!
  26. carol
    come to rock in rio on October,2
  27. LuKaS
    Pls come to brazil... the system of a down need come to here!
    PLS SOAD IN BRAZIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Lucas Carvalho Salvador -BA Brazil
  28. Magomed From Russia
    SOAD Forever! We Are Waiting For You In Russia
  29. alex.x
    Please come to Hungary!!!
  30. marcos56
    come to Poland!
  31. Victor
    COme to Brazil!! ROCK IN RIO!!! u guys are the most rated band to Rok in Rio!
  32. Adán Guevara
    ¡Come to Venezuela!
  33. Laura
    Please do a full North American Tour!
  34. Bruno
    In a fan club of Brazil, you have more than 250,000 people and we all hope you come in here one day then please come to Brazil. We love you.
  35. b4I4get
  36. nickname
    We want you in guadalajara, Mexico.
  37. marina
    come to Brazil :D
    rock in rio!
  38. Nobody
    We want SoaD in Poland :(
  39. Luiza
    come to BRAZIL!!!!
    ROCK IN RIO!!!
  41. BRAZIL
  42. Pedro
    Come to Brazil!
  43. Lukas
    Please!! Come to Brazil!!
    System of a Down!!!
    (Orkut Community:
  44. nickname Tah
    Please come to Brazil!!!
  45. Franke
    I'm happy for everyone in California ! Now they've had enough dates let's think about the rest of America... Eastern Side need their System ! ! Pleaseee come to Montréal !
  46. Gabi
    We Want SOAD in Brazil !!!
  47. Oath
    We want SOAD in Poland!
  48. Claudio
    The crowd in europe and USA is very boring. Come to southamerica. you will see the best crowd in the world. COME TO CHILEEEE!!
  50. Amber
    Never mind Brazil, Have more UK gigs! :D ;)
  52. Falcao
    Please come to BraZil
    we love you.
  53. Jefferson
    Please please please! Come to Brazil!!!!!!!!!!!
    Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil! Brazil!
  54. Red781RuM
    I know everyone wants SoaD to go everywhere, but heh, Why not montreal !? While you're doin' a ''North American Tour'' !?!?!? The Bell Center is huge and the crowd would be on FIREE !
    I'm pretty disappointed to see you guys going to Edmonton or Vancouver... But not Montreal :O !? Come on SoaD ! You guys are the Best !
  55. chicue
    please come to mexico u wont regret it!!!
  56. Alanpt
    you guys should come to Brazil. The Rock in Rio site did a pool this month asking which band we want on the event, we voted SOAD, SOAD WON, but unfortunally they couldn't bring you to Brazil, I don't know why, but doesn't matter anymore. Please, if you guys have a chance to play here, we, BrazilianSOADFans, will be very, very happy.
    Poor, poor English, I know, but at least I know how to sing the SOAD songs :D
  57. Seatown_PQ
    I will be there in Seattle. Make it rain. I'm excited like a child.
  58. ARTHUR
  59. Júnior
    Please, come to Brazil, we loves System of a Down!
  60. BC
    Please, come to Brazil! Brazil loves you and I'm sure you'll love us too. :)
    Don't forget about us! You got a lot of fans here and it would be awesome if you come! SOAD, COME TO BRAZIL!
  61. Mari
  62. Jessica89
  63. DiegoHenrique
    please come to Brazil
    a crowd of fans crave the coming of SOAD
  64. Marcos Salto
    Vengan a Argentina !!!
    Come to Argentiiina please
  65. Gabriel
    System, do like Obama,come to Brasil and be happy! =]
  66. Vander
    BRAZIL!! Come to BRAZIL!!
  67. soad mexico
    go to mexico
  68. Magaiver
  69. verona
    Pls more shows in Europe - come to Slovakia !!!!!
  70. Joe
    I miss you guys so much!!! First saw you back in '98 at a club called Missisippi Nights in my hometown of St. Louis, MO when i was only 14. The club is no longer there and I've been hooked ever since! Heard on the radio today you were announcing some more North American tour dates. Please come back!
  71. maar muad dib
    please, czech republic, you have never been thereeee!!!
  72. jános
    SOAD please come to the Sziget fesztival, Budapest, Hungary!!!
  73. rOnnie
    Please come to Montreal or somewhere nearby !
  74. Greg Malakian
    SOAD plz como to Brazil, you have won the vote on the Rock In Rio!!!
    System of a Down 33.7% (499,445 votes) WIN
    Guns N'Roses 30.43% (450,884 votes)
  75. Diego
    Come to SWU Brazil !!!
  76. Brazil
    I'm the Brazil, come to me...
  77. Andresoad
    Come to colombia Bogotá
  78. I
    Please, come to ARGENTINA!! Think about it...
  79. Georgia hardrock
    come to georgia please
  80. Kingaaa
  81. Lebron Jams Fan111
    Florida or die!
  82. jo
    Come to Utah
    You dont know how many fans you got here
  83. Hip-O
    Ukraine want you
  84. CyndCastle
    COME TO ATLANTA!!!! plezzzz :}
  85. ATL,GA
  86. billy
    Come to toronto
  87. BrazilLoveSoad
    please come to Brazil SOAD, there are about four hundred thousand fans wanting to see you play here, please ..
  88. Spain!!
    Don´t forget Spain pleaaasseee!!!! you go to uk, france, italy, germany, austria, etc. spain is near, why not????
  89. WSCZAT
    Come to Ecuador "the middle of the world" haha please SOAD
  90. System Of A Down Is Fucking Amazing (San Fernando Tiger)
    You should play at Staple Center if you guys do it will probably sell out bcus u guys hav a whole mess of fans in LA thats why Inglewood sold out and i know a lot of people that wanted to buy the Inglewood tickets but they couldnt bcus they sold out and are hoping for you to play at Staple Center
  91. ASeeTray69
    I can't believe it !! System Of A Down are going to be performing right at the other end of the Toll Road . Irvine Meadows Ampitheater!!! Thank You so very much for this decision, as I can't think of anywhere else I'd rather be on May 29th than at a System Of A Down show in the warm Southern California West Coast at Irvine Meadows. We got love for you over here.
  92. zurdoo
  93. mari
    What about here, down under? Melbourne awaits you.....
  94. mr. bock
    Thanks for playing irvine. My car does not work and the bus drops off so conveniently there in front of irvine meadows. As long as you keep making kickass music, and keep telling it like it is. All will be right with the world. Oh. And I guess rock in rio is a good venue too. I will see if the bus goes there from Aliso Viejo.
  95. Anubis-Uruguay
    please visit Uruguay!!!! or Argentina.. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  96. Violent Tendencies
    We want System in ARIZZZZOONNNAAA man we love you! Your f***ing awesome! Your our IDOLS!!
  97. System of a down freak
    We want System in ARIZZZZOONNNAAA man we love you! Your f***ing awesome! Your our IDOLS!!
  98. M
    Come to H U N G A R Y !!!!!!
  99. Jo
    Please come to New Zealand, South Island as all the great bands go to Auckland and we down here in the beautiful south (ahem, CHCH and Dunedin) miss out. If that's not possible at least come to Melbourne Australia.
  100. nickname valeria
    Queremos escuharlos en Argentina!!!!!!!!!!!!
  101. URUGUAY
    PLEASE VISIT URUGUAY OR ARGENTINA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  102. thales
    plz come on bazil
  103. thales
    Come to Brazil please I love you I love your show
  104. nickname
    singer guitarist bassist drummer come you are more
  105. Nate
    Please come to the east coast...Don't neglect the east cost. The west has had enough opportunities. Come to Florida. Our Hardrock is aweseome.
  106. Larry soad -ATHENS GREECE
  107. nickname
    come to greece ,we love u (serj,daron,john,shavo).we are waiting for you .PEACE!
  108. Montreal_guy
  109. Daniel
    Soad, Please come to ROCK IN RIO 2011 (Brazil)!!!
  110. System of Korea needs a down
    We know you hate the system but we need you in Korea. There are a lot of people in the system who hate it as much as you! COME TO KOREA
  111. psycho_morn
    QUEBEC CITY---------------THIS SUMMER -----------

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Edmonton, Vancouver, Denver
and Las Vegas Shows On-sale Today
March 5th, 2011 Tickets for the below dates are now available.
5/10/11: Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place (Buy Tickets)
5/12/11: Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena (Buy Tickets)
5/18/11: Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheatre (Buy Tickets)
The on-sale for Las Vegas will follow today at 1pm PST.
5/22/11: Las Vegas, NV – The Pearl (Buy Tickets)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Serj Tankian

Serj Tankian (Armenian: Սերժ Թանգեան [ˈsɛɾʒ tʰɑnˈkʰjɑn]; born August 21, 1967) is an Armenian-American singer–songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, poet, and a political activist. He is best known as the lead vocalist, songwriter, keyboardist, and occasional live rhythm guitarist of the Grammy Award-winning rock band, System of a Down.
During his musical career, Tankian has released five albums with System of a Down, one with Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Serart), as well as two solo albums Elect the Dead and Imperfect Harmonies and a live orchestral version of the former incorporating the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra named Elect the Dead Symphony. In 2002, Tankian and Rage Against the Machine/Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello co-founded a non-profit political activist organization, Axis of Justice. Tankian also founded the music label Serjical Strike Records.
Serj Tankian is named as the 26th greatest metal vocalist of all time by Hit Parader magazine.


Early life

Tankian was born in Beirut, Lebanon on August 21, 1967His father is Khatchadour Tankian. When he was eight years old his family immigrated to Los Angeles, California.In his youth, he attended a school for Armenian-Americans, The Rose & Alex Pilibos School, which was also attended by Tankian's future System of a Down bandmates Daron Malakian and Shavo Odadjian.Doing well academically Tankian attended California State University. This is where Tankian first began to play instruments and write songs.

Soil and System of a Down (1994-2006)

The early beginnings of System of a Down lie in a band named Soil (not to be confused with the Chicago-based band Soil) with Tankian on vocals & keyboards, Daron Malakian on vocals & lead guitar, Dave Hakopyan on bass and Domingo Loranio on drums. The band hired Shavo Odadjian as their then-manager but for him to later join as rhythm guitarist. Loriano and Hakopyan later left the band feeling that it wasn't going anywhere, leading to Soil splitting up.
After Soil split up, Tankian, Odadjian and Malakian formed a new band they called System of a Down, after a poem Malakian wrote called "Victims of a Down." Their original drummer was Ontronik Khachaturian, with whom they had spent time playing with in Soil, though he was later replaced by John Dolmayan after breaking his hand shortly before a gig the band had been booked to play, giving Dolmayan the last-minute call up. The band quickly began touring the Southern California rock clubs, and began to attract a strong following. As a side note, Serj is the only member of System of a Down that has never been seen shirtless in any major performances.

Solo works (2001-present)

Tankian has been a guest vocalist for songs such as "Mushroom Cult" by Dog Fashion Disco, "Mein" by Deftones and "Feel Good" by Hed PE. He produced Enter the Chicken by Buckethead, and provided vocals to the songs "We Are One", "Coma", and "Waiting Hare" that are included on the album. With Serjical Strike Records, he endeavors to offer those musicians often ignored by the mainstream a possibility to release their music and be heard. The first release of Tankian's new label was Serart, an album by Tankian himself, and Arto Tunçboyacıyan, a Turkish-Armenian friend of his.
In 2007, Serj composed and wrote "The Essence of Tequila" and "Chicakong" for the video game soundtrack of John Woo Presents Stranglehold. He also helped with "Stranglehold Rough 2" and "Pianoimprovstrangle 2".
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 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".
Serj Tankian performing in 2005
Tankian is also politically involved. Together with Tom Morello, he founded the organization Axis of Justice. Tankian is a New Zealand resident and has a secondary vacation dwelling there.[8] 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 of doing so. He often speaks publicly against violence and injustice in the world. Tankian released a new song "Fears" in November 2008 exclusively in support of Amnesty International's Global Write-A-Thon.[9]
Tankian told The Pulse of Radio that the highlights of his last eight months on the road may soon be documented in a DVD featuring videos, live performances and behind-the-scenes footage.[citation needed]
On March 16, 2009, Serj performed with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in New Zealand, an orchestral version of the album Elect the Dead. The live performance was captured in a CD/DVD titled Elect the Dead Symphony which was released on March 9, 2010.
Tankian is currently co-writing a musical with the American playwright Steven Sater. It is based on the Ancient Greek tragedy Prometheus Bound. He stated that eight songs have been completed and that there will be a record.[10]
In 2009, Tankian collaborated with the band Viza (previously known as Visa) for their track "Viktor".[11] Viza is signed to Tankian's Serjical Strike label.
On February 15, 2010, Serj Tankian released a new single, "The Charade." The song is available as a digital download on iTunes.
Tankian's second solo album was originally due in 2009. It is said to be more of a jazz and orchestral based sound. Said Tankian of the second album, "I'm structuring the next record kind of like a jazz orchestral. I've got a full orchestra interested, so I want this giant electric guitar in the air to be played by a full orchestra. I want the orchestra to be the electric guitar. I want to make an orchestra do what it's never done before, like a GG Allin type orchestra. Think of that."[12] The album had the working title Music Without Borders, however, the final album title is Imperfect Harmonies. On June 23, 2010, a promo single from his upcoming album Imperfect Harmonies was released called "Borders Are." The first radio single from Imperfect Harmonies, Left Of Center, was released on July 13, 2010. A third single, "Disowned Inc." was released on August 9, 2010. Imperfect Harmonies was released on September 21, 2010. Preceding the album's release, two contests were announced (one consisting of brainteasers related to the album/song titles, the other an art contest) in which fans could win prizes such as Tankian's autograph and merchandise. On August 22, 2010, a music video for Left Of Center was released on Tankian's MySpace account.
The premiere date for Tankian and Sater's Prometheus Bound at the American Repertory Theater is February 25, 2011. The singer has said that collaborating on the show has been a great learning experience for him. “I’ve been using a lot of my archives, a lot of different types of music that I had already put together for underscoring and what not,” he said. “It’s quite diverse, from noise to jazz to electronic stuff to hip-hop songs to rock songs to cool, piano dark underscores, and that’s a whole different bag of tricks there because it’s always evolving. Unlike a film score that’s very linear and you get a scene to score for, this is something where you do another workshop and one song is gone, that underscore changes to 20 seconds and they need something else on the spot. Everything’s always changing until the show comes, so it’s quite interesting.” [13]

[edit] System of a Down Reunion (2011)

On November 29, 2010, following several weeks of internet rumors, System of a Down officially announced that they would be reuniting for a string of large European festival dates in June 2011.[14] Among the announced tour dates included UK's Download Festival, Switzerland's Greenfield Festival, Germany's Rock am Ring/Rock im Park, Sweden's Metaltown, Austria's Nova Rock Festival and Finland's Provinssirock. In their reunion statement posted on their website, the band was unclear as to the extent of their reformation. It read, "We have no master plan of sorts -- we are playing these shows simply because we want to play together again as a band and for you, our amazing fans."[15] It is currently unknown whether or not other dates will be announced.

[edit] Animal rights

In recent years Tankian has taken a stance supporting animal rights. He also has become a vegetarian who has strong feelings against the establishment of industrial slaughterhouses. In an interview with PETA, he also claimed his change due to "touring and its variety of edible crap", and also he felt it was "instinctive somewhat". Furthermore, he also feels the need for respect towards 'mother earth'.[16]
In July 2009, Serj signed a PETA petition against the slaughtering methods of chickens in KFC slaughterhouses.[17]

[edit] The F.C.C.

The F.C.C. (Flying Cunts of Chaos) was Serj's backing band when he played live up until 2009.[18]
Final line-up
  • Mario Pagliarulo  — bass, vocals
  • Erwin Khachikian  — keyboards, piano, synthesizers, vocals
  • Troy Zeigler  — drums, vocals
  • Dan Monti  — guitar, vocals
  • Jeff Mallow  — guitar, vocals (2008–present)
Past members

[edit] Discography

With System of a Down
With Serart
With Buckethead
With Tony Iommi
With Wyclef Jean

[edit] Bibliography

[edit] Awards and nominations

System of a Down has been nominated for four Grammy Awards, of which has won one in 2006 for Best Hard Rock Performance for the song B.Y.O.B.. The band has also been nominated for several Kerrang! and MTV awards.
Grammy Awards
Year Nominated work Award Result
2002 "Chop Suey!" Best Metal Performance Nominated
2003 "Aerials" Best Hard Rock Performance Nominated
2006 "B.Y.O.B." Best Hard Rock Performance Won
2007 "Lonely Day" Best Hard Rock Performance Nominated
  • In 2005, System of a Down won for Best Alternative Act in the Europe Music Awards
  • In 2006, System of a Down won the "MTV Good Woodie Award" for their song "Question!"
  • In 2006, System of a Down's song "Toxicity" was #14 on the VH1 Top 40 Metal Songs list

Daron Malakian

Daron Vartan Malakian (born July 18, 1975) is an Armenian-American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best known as the guitarist, songwriter, and occasional vocalist of the Grammy Award-winning metal band System of a Down and as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and songwriter of the alternative rock band Scars on Broadway. Like the rest of the Hollywood-based band System of a Down, he is of Armenian ancestry, but is the only member to actually have been born inside the United States.He placed 30th in Guitar World's List of The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.


Daron Vartan Malakian was born on July 18, 1975, in Hollywood, California, the only child to Vartan and Zepur Malakian, immigrants originally from Iraq and Iran respectively. Vartan Malakian is a painter, dancer, and choreographer and Zepur Malakian is a sculptor who used to instruct college-level sculpture At a very early age, Malakian got into heavy metal music; his distant cousin played him a KISS record when he was four years old. Malakian started listening to Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motörhead and Ozzy Osbourne among others. He always wanted to play the drums, but his parents got him a guitar instead because “You can’t turn the drums off.” Daron first picked up a guitar at age 11, saying in an interview, "For the first year and a half, I learned how to play by ear, and did alright. After a few years I gained a reputation as being a guitar player in high school. And by 16 or 17 I actually realized it was a good songwriting instrument, and, over anything, that's what I feel like. I don't pretend to be Mr. Guitar Virtuoso."During his teens Malakian listened to heavy metal bands such as Slayer, Venom, Metallica, Pantera, Sepultura and Cannibal Corpse. Malakian then began listening to The Beatles and cites John Lennon as one of his biggest influences on him as a songwriter. He also cites other British Invasion bands such as The Kinks and The Who as major influences as well folk-rock such as trio Peter, Paul, and Mary and punk pioneer Iggy Pop  Daron went to Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School in the Los Feliz side of Hollywood, which his future bandmates Shavo Odadjian and Ontronik "Andy" Khachaturian (System of a Down's original drummer) also attended. System of a Down vocalist Serj Tankian attended the school as well, but he was many years above Malakian and the others. Malakian attended Glendale High School as a teenager.
Malakian met Serj Tankian in 1993, while they both shared the same rehearsal studio in different bands. Tankian was playing keyboard for a band, and Daron was playing guitar and singing for another band. They formed a jam band called Soil with bassist Dave Hakopyan and drummer Domingo Laraino. Shavo Odadjian then became their manager, and then rhythm guitarist. Soil broke up and Malakian, Tankian, and Odadjian (who switched to bass) formed a new band using the name “System of a Down”, based on a poem that Daron wrote. The poem’s title was “Victims of a Down” but Odadjian thought "system" was a stronger word than "victims." They then recruited drummer Andy Khachaturian, who was replaced by John Dolmayan in 1997.
Malakian co-produced System of a Down’s albums with Rick Rubin, as well as albums by The Ambulance and Bad Acid Trip (a band on fellow member Serj Tankian’s Serjical Strike Records). In 2003, Malakian started his own label, EatUrMusic, on which Amen was the first signed band The label is now inactive and its current status is unknown.

Scars on Broadway

In 2003, Daron Malakian (lead guitar and vocals), Greg Kelso (rhythm guitar), Casey Chaos (vocals), and Zach Hill (drums) recorded a demo tape entitled "Ghetto Blaster Rehearsals" credited to the name Scars on Broadway. However, in 2007, an official letter appeared on the band's website that stated that these tracks are not in any way affiliated with Malakian's later project Scars on Broadway. Incidentally, these demo sessions produced "BYOB," which would be a major hit for System of a Down in 2005.
Following System's hiatus, Malakian announced his latest project — Scars on Broadway — a band which would include System of a Down bassist, Shavo Odadjian, and himself. Ultimately, Odadjian was not involved with the band, and instead System of a Down drummer, John Dolmayan became a member. After Malakian and Dolmayan experimented with different musicians (for a period of nine months in 2007 - 2008) the band took form and forged its sound in intense rehearsals and recording sessions (under Malakian’s direction at his home studio and Sunset Sound) with musicians Danny Shamoun on keyboards, Dominic Cifarelli on bass, and Franky Perez on guitar and backing vocals for live performances (in the studio Malakian played nearly all the instruments with the exception of drums which were played by Dolmayan and some overdubs provided by the other members). The group released an eponymous album in 2008, which featured the hit single "They Say" (written by Malakian). However, shortly before the tour supporting the album, Malakian cancelled all scheduled concert and TV appearances, blaming a lack of enthusiasm and that his "heart wasn't into touring." This sudden cancellation prompted speculation and rumors that the band had broken up. It was the last that would be heard of Malakian for more than a year.
In August 2009, Scars on Broadway, minus Malakian, traveled to Iraq for a USO tour across the U.S. army bases. Their setlist consisted of covers as well as a few Scars songs. Guitarist/vocalist Franky Perez stated on his Twitter that "the Scars tunes sound amazing but they're not the same without D..." He also stated before they left that Malakian had given them his blessing. In 2009 Franky Perez mentioned on his twitter that he and the D-Man (Malakian) were going into studio to jam, this was the first news people have heard about Malakian's whereabouts for about a year.
On May 2, 2010 Malakian reunited with Scars on Broadway at the Troubadour in North Hollywood. It was the first time he had performed with the band since October 2008. The group played songs from their album as well as new songs. Odadjian performed with the band for two songs, playing guitar.

Recent activity

Malakian stayed out of the public eye following his cancellation of the tour in support of Scars on Broadway's debut album in October 2008. In 2009 Malakian made a surprise appearance (his first in a year) at Shavo Odadjian's Halloween Party and played "Suite-Pee," "They Say," and an Unknown song with Odadjian, Dolmayan and Scars on Broadway's Franky Perez on guitar. It was the first time that the band members (minus Tankian, who was working on his second solo album) performed together in more than three years.
On November 20, 2009, Malakian played at the Chi Cheng Benefit concert along with Deftones and also performed with Odadjian and Dolmayan. Malakian, Odadjian, and Dolmayan played "Aerials" and "Toxicity."
He appeared on Cypress Hill's 2010 album Rise Up, on one song, "Trouble Seeker", which he also produced.
On July 29, 2010, Scars on Broadway released their first new studio recording in exactly two years, a Malakian-penned song called "Fucking."
On August 20, 2010, Malakian played in Hollywood with Scars on Broadway.
On November 29, 2010, it was announced that System of a Down would reunite for a European tour to take place in June 2011.

Personal life

Malakian now lives in Glendale, California. He has relatives in Iraq and Iran, where his parents were born, and has visited both countries. He dislikes his band being labeled a political band or an Armenian band.


He has used multiple guitars and amplifiers in the studio and live.


All guitars either have Seymour Duncan SH-6 Distortion pickups and/or Gibson pickups.
  • Multiple Ibanez Icemans (all in Drop C tuning) - Used during the Early/Mid years of System of a down, each one with different custom finishes and artwork done by his father, Vartan Malakian. His father also did custom graphics on the 1978 Iceman, as well as making the horned bridge replacing the stopbar. The known models Daron Malakian used are two IC-200s, five IC-300s, and an ICX-120. He has also recently used an Iceman for the Scars on Broadway reunion concert at the Troubadour on May 2, 2010.
  • Multiple Gibson SGs - Used during the Mesmerize/Hypnotize Era of System of a Down (2005–2006), along with the 3rd incarnation of Scars on Broadway (2007–2009). Malakian alternated between playing SGs with cherry finish (Drop C tuning) and SGs with white finish (Drop C# tuning). In Scars on Broadway he used a black Gibson SG in Drop C# tuning, which is seen in the video for "They Say".
  • Fender Stratocaster (Drop C tuning) - Used in the earlier years of System of a Down. It was originally black with a white pickguard and 3 single coil pickups. The white pickguard was later replaced with a red pearloid pickguard, 2 white humbucking pickups were installed and the middle singlecoil was removed. Serj Tankian used it to play the rhythm guitar in "Aerials" and "Mr. Jack" during live performances.
  • Gibson ES-335 - Only used once. Was used for the Chi Cheng Benefit concert on November 20th, 2009.
  • Jackson RR5 Rhoads - Used in the studio while recording Toxicity and Mezmerize/Hypnotize. It may have also been used live as a backup, since there have been a few photos with him using it on stage. [9]
  • Gibson 50th Anniversary Flying V Used on stage for his show with Scars on Broadway at the Avalon.

Amplifiers and effects

  • Marshall Amplifiers - He has multiple models. Some known are the ModeFour heads, JTM45 Bluesbreakers, JMP Heads, JTM heads, and 1987XL Plexi heads. He used the ModeFour heads live before Mesmerize and still uses them as a backup, 1987XL heads for Scars on Broadway, the JMP and JTM heads in the studio, and the JTM45 Bluesbreakers live for the Mesmerize/Hypnotize tour and in the studio.
  • Mesa Boogie Dual and Triple Rectifiers - Used in the live and in the studio during System of a down, Toxicity and And Steal this Album albums, but wasn't used in the studio for System of a Down.
  • His only known effects pedals are a Fulltone Clyde Wah Pedal, a Line 6 DL-4 Delay Modeler/Looper pedal and a Boss MT-2 Distortion Pedal.


System of a Down

Scars on Broadway

Other appearances

Year Artist Song Release and/or explanation
Live performances
2000 Metallica feat. Jonathan Davis and Daron Malakian "One"
Metallica feat. Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian "Mastertarium"
2003 "Creeping Death" Reading Festival 2003
The Ambulance feat. Daron Malakian "Stop"
2010 Cypress Hill feat. Daron Malakian "Trouble Seeker"

Production credits

Malakian has also produced a number of albums.
Year Album Artist Credit(s)
1998 System of a Down System of a Down Producer, credited as System of a Down
2001 Toxicity Producer
2002 Steal This Album!
2004 Death Before Musick Amen Executive producer and A&R
Lynch the Weirdo Bad Acid Trip Producer
2005 Mezmerize System of a Down
2008 Scars on Broadway Scars on Broadway