Multi-talented Lebanese born musician and political activist Serj Tankian is best known for his impact in the music industry but not many people know of his involvement in politics and of him being an activist. As the founder and lead vocalist of a band called System of a Down, Tankian has been active in the music scene since 1992 till date having successfully released five albums with the band and having also released five solo albums by himself.
Serj Tankian is well talented and isn’t just into a single profession, he has appeared in a series of movies; one of which is Screamers, which also featured his other bandmates. He also co-founded Axis of Justice, an organization created with the sole purpose of encouraging young involvement in politics.
Serj Tankian was born in Beirut, Lebanon to an indigenous Armenian family. His parents moved down to Los Angeles in 1975, and ever since then Serj and his family have continued to reside in The United States.
Serj Tankian’s Biography (Age)
Serj has multi nationalities, his parents are both Armenians but he was born in Lebanon where he based for 8 years before he migrated with his parents to the United States, Los Angeles precisely in 1975. The Lebanese born Armenian-American is a singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, composer, record producer, poet and a political activist. He was born on August 21, 1967. His father, Khatchadour Tankian was born in Aleppo, Syria to Armenian parents and was a musician himself. His mum Alice Tankian is also Armenian but unlike Serj’s dad, she was born in Armenia. Serj is the firstborn of his parents, he has a younger brother who goes by the name Sevag.
Serj Tankian plays various musical instruments. He plays the piano, guitar, bass
guitar, violin, drums and lots more. When his parents migrated to The United States, his English wasn’t well polished due to him being initially brought up in a non-English speaking country. He studied at Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian school, which has a reputation of being bilingual and accommodates mostly Armenian immigrants in The United States. After high school, Serj was admitted into California State University where he studied marketing. It was during his time at the university that he began to
gain interest in music and musical instruments.
Formation Of System of a Down
Although System of a Down was the turning point for Serj Tankian, what most
people do not know is that it wasn’t his first band. Serj’s first band was called Soil
and it consisted of 75% members of the famous System of Down band members
such as the Armenian-American songwriter Shavo Odadjian, the American singer-songwriter Daron Malakian and Domingo Laranio the Local Hawaii Drummer. The group of five later disbanded, leaving Serj and two others to form a new band now popularly known as System of a Down.
Following the departure of the 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 band’s current drummer, John Dolmayan. All four members of the band are of Armenian lineage. Three of the band’s members are United States immigrants except for the band’s youngest member, Daron Malakian who was born in Hollywood, California, a year after his parents immigrated to The United States. The band was formed in 1994 and released its first album which was self-titled System of a Down in 1998. They released a second album Toxicity in 2001. The album generated so much praise from their fans and was tagged as the best the band has ever dropped so far. The band then went on to drop 3 more albums.
In 2005, the band won Europe music awards for the best alternative act. In 2006, it also won the MTV good woodie award for the song Question and the Grammy award for best hard rock. Members made a shocking announcement in May 2006 that they were going on a break. This resulted in Serj going solo. Since going solo in 2006, Serj has made a couple of hit songs and high selling albums. In November 2010, System of a Down officially announced the come back of the band.
Serj gets about $1.5million as his annual salary as a multi-talented musician. He is worth $20million, an amount he must have earned from his five studio albums among other businesses. He also owns a music label called Serjical Strike Records and he co-founded a non-profit political activist organization called Axis of Justice with Tom Morello. In 2011, he was awarded the Armenian Prime Minister’s Medal.
Serj Tankian’s Wife (Angela Madatyan)
Serj Tankian is married to an Armenian-American hairdresser, stylist and designer
Angela Madatyan who was born on August 20, 1983, in Vanador, Armenia. The
pair dated for 8 years prior to their marriage on June 10, 2012. The couple has a son together named Rumi.
Tankian is a kind of person who believes that reasoning is key to understanding
reality. He believes in transcendentalism. Asides 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 slim body. His hair color is black while the color of his eyes is dark brown.