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Serj Tankian Dishes on Scoring His First Film '1915,' Upcoming Presidential Race & Fatherhood

From Billboard By Steve Baltin On stage with System of a Down, Serj Tankian is the frontman for one of the most blistering and frenetic aural assaults in all of rock, leading a frenzied mix of speeds that sends thousands into mosh pit mayhem. Offstage, however, he could not be further from the fury of that music, delivering his words with a thoughtfulness that makes him seem more like a professor than the lead singer of a multi-platinum hard rock band. System of a Down 2015 Tour: Serj Tankian Explains the Message Behind the Shows  For those who have had the opportunity to meet Tankian, it is not surprising at all he would wind his way into classical music and symphonies, as he...

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Serj Tankian Goes Electronic on New Benny Benassi Track

From Loudwire Serj Tankian lends his vocals to ‘Shooting Helicopters,’ the new track from Italian electronic producer and DJ Benny Benassi. The infectious track starts with a staccato keyboard line before Serj comes in singing softly. It builds in intensity as the System of a Down frontman’s vocals begin to soar, before a full-on instrumental dance breakdown. The song shows off a different side of Serj’s powerful and operatic vocals. He took to Facebook and posted to song, writing, “Here’s the full song ‘Shooting Helicopters’ I did with Benny Benassi. I really enjoyed working with him and love the way it came out! Thanks for checking it out.” In a press release, Benny Benassi has always admired “Serj’s vocal prowess and talent, but he wasn’t...

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3 News In New Zealand Reviews Serj's Orchestral Performance in Christchurch

By David Farrier Christchurch enjoys its rock and metal, so it’s perhaps no surprise Serj Tankian was greeted to a huge round of applause when he took to the stage at the CBS Arena. One of the most recognisable and respected voices in rock, we don’t see Tankian perform often here. Tonight was special.  Exactly a week earlier, many of this crowd had attended the double-billed show of Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age. But tonight was different. The Black Sabbath and Tool tees remained, but this crowd is largely seated. And on stage are the many varied faces of the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra. They sit and warm up their instruments. Then it’s a stare-off between orchestra...

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Serj Tankian Talks About Music And Art With TV3

By David Farrier Tomorrow night, Serj Tankian is playing a one-off show at Christchurch's CBS Arena.Known to many as the frontman of System of a Down, for many this concert will show a different side to the Grammy-award winning musician. He'll be joined on stage by the Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, who will perform some of Serj's symphony found on his recent Orca album. He'll also be performing with them as they rock through his Elect the Dead record.Serj doesn't perform these shows often, so it seemed like a good opportunity for me to sit down with the musician in New Zealand to talk about what he's up to. For video of the interview, check out this link: TV3 Video Interview Are...

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In Your Speakers Reviews 'Jazz-Iz Christ'

From In Your Speakers 2013 has already been a crazy year, and now we stand poised for one of its more head-scratching moments. I’m sure you remember Serj Tankian from the turn of the millennium – if not by name, than as the Fu-Manchu-sporting frontman of System of a Down. Aside from their “GRABABRUSHANDPUTALITTLEMAKEUP!” antics, they were also an incredibly outspoken political force and the most radically leftist band out there. A decade plus has passed since SOAD’s heyday, and Serj is branching into an area of music that will have System adherents WTFing, but makes perfect sense if you think about it. Jazz-Iz Christ can be called a lot of things, but perhaps the most concise (but least useful) definition...

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