Lebanon-born, multi-talented musician and political activist Serj Tankian is best known for his influence in the music industry, but few people are aware of his political involvement and his active role as an activist. As the founder and lead singer of a band called System of a Down, Tankian has been active in the music scene since 1992 until today, having successfully released five albums with the band and also five solo albums of himself.
Serj Tankian is very talented and is not only involved in one profession but has appeared in a number of films, one of which is Screamers, in which his other bandmates also appeared. He was also co-founder of Axis of Justice, an organization founded with the sole purpose of encouraging young people to participate in politics.
Serj Tankian was born in Beirut, Lebanon, the son of an indigenous Armenian family. His parents moved to Los Angeles in 1975, and since then Serj Tankian and his family have continued to live in the United States.
Serj Tankian’s Biography (Age)
Serj has several nationalities, his parents are both Armenian, but he was born in Lebanon, where he lived for eight years before emigrating with his parents to the United States, to Los Angeles, in 1975. Born in Lebanon, the Armenian-American is a singer and songwriter, instrumentalist, composer, record producer, poet, and political activist. He was born on August 21, 1967. His father, Khatchadour Tankian, was born in Aleppo, Syria, to Armenian parents and was himself a musician. His mother Alice Tankian is also Armenian, but unlike Serj’s father, she was born in Armenia. Serj is the firstborn of his parents, he has a younger brother named Sevag.
Serj Tankian plays various musical instruments. He plays piano, guitar, bass guitar, violin, drums, and much more. When his parents emigrated to the United States, his English was not very well developed, as he had initially grown up in a non-English speaking country. He studied at the Armenian school Rose and Alex Pilibos, which has the reputation of being bilingual and mainly welcomes Armenian immigrants to the United States. After high school, Serj was accepted at California State University, where he studied marketing. It was during his time at the university that he began to gain an interest in music and musical instruments.
Formation Of System of a Down
Although the system of defeat was the turning point for Serj Tankian, which most people don’t know is that it wasn’t his first band. Serj’s first band was called Soil and consisted of 75% members of the famous Down-Band System of Down
like Armenian-American singer-songwriter Shavo Odadjian, American singer-songwriter Daron Malakian and Domingo Laranio, the local Hawaiian drummer. The five-piece group later broke up, so Serj and two others formed a new band, now popularly known as the System of a Down.
After the departure of ex-band drummer Domingo Laranio, he was replaced by System of a Down pioneer drummer Ontronik Khachaturian, who was also an occasional member of the Soil. Ontronik Khachaturian was later replaced by the current drummer of the band, John Dolmayan. All four members of the band are of Armenian descent. Three of the band members are immigrants from the United States, with the exception of the youngest band member, Daron Malakian, who was born in Hollywood, California, one year after his parents immigrated to the United States. The band was formed in 1994 and released its first album in 1998, which was a self-titled System of a Down. A second album, Toxicity, was released in 2001, which received so much praise from their fans and was called the best album the band has released to date. The band then dropped 3 more albums.
In 2005 the band won European music awards for the best alternative act. In 2006 they also won the MTV Good Woodie Award for the song Question and the Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock. In May 2006 the members announced shockingly that they would take a break. This led to Serj going solo. Since his solo activity in 2006, Serj has released a few hits and high selling albums. In November 2010 System of a Down officially announced the return of the band.
Serj Tankian’s Wife (Angela Madatyan)
Serj Tankian is married to an Armenian-American hairdresser, stylist, and designer Angela Madatyan, born on 20 August 1983 in Vanador, Armenia. The couple dated 8 years before their marriage on 10 June 2012. The couple has a son named Rumi.
Serj receives about 1.5 million dollars as an annual salary as a versatile musician. He is worth 20 million dollars, a sum he must have earned with his five studio albums, among other things. He also owns a music label called Serjical Strike Records, and together with Tom Morello, he founded a non-profit political activist organization called Axis of Justice. In 2011 he was awarded the medal of the Armenian Prime Minister.
Tankian is the kind of person who believes that reason is the key to understanding Reality. He believes in transcendentalism. Apart from being a transcendentalist, he is also a Buddhist. Some, however, think he is also a Christian.
Height & Body Measurement
Serj Tankian stands at a height of 6′ 1″ (185 cm) tall with a slender body. His hair color is black, while the color of his eyes is dark brown.