Serj was born in Lebanon, spent his early years there before his parents and his younger brother ‘Sevag’ moved to Los Angeles. In there, he joined “Rose & Alex Pilibosl” Armenian School, eventually started studies in marketing. Later Serj got a software company ‘Ultimate Solutions”.
in the beginning of 90s Serj met Daron and started the new born band, called it ‘Soil’. later renamed it to ‘System of a Down’. Serj has a Husky and he loves New Zealand. he wanted to own large property as a studio to build over there but his intend was rejected in 2005, since New Zealand authorities saw there’s no national use.
Beside System.. Serj has his own record label, Serjical Strike, in an effort to release music otherwise ignored by the mainstream. The first act on this new label was a side-project called “Serart” featuring Serj himself and famed world-musician Arto Tuncboyaciyan. His first poetry book ‘Cool Gardens’ was published by MTV Books and features artwork by fellow Angeleno, Sako Shahinian.
An outspoken musician, Tankian has spoken out against violence and injustice abroad. On September 13, 2001, shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, Serj penned an essay, which he posted on the official System of a Down website, titled “Understanding Oil”. Promptly removed by Sony, the essay was seen by many, still shaken by the attack, as justification for the terrorists’ actions, though this wasn’t what Tankian was trying to put across.
More recently, Tankian has partnered with Tom Morello of Audioslave (formerly guitarist of Rage Against The Machine) to create Axis of Justice, an activist organization aimed at motivating youth interest in politics. On January 3, 2003, Serj and Tom led a protest march in Santa Monica, California handing out bagged lunches to the homeless in violation of a city ordinance that requires charitable organizations, while handing out food in public, to follow restaurant code. Serj is also a vegetarian. He is also currently working on efforts to make Turkey recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915.
Elect The Dead
Serj said his new upcoming Solo Album will be released on October 23rd 2007. The first single “Unthinking Majority” was digitally released on August 7th followed by another single , ‘Empty Walls’, released on October 15th of the same year.
‘Elect the Dead’ did bypass 66.000 copies in first week US sales and overall 300.000 copies till last October 2008.
Serj along with his back band The F.C.C (Flying Cunts of Chaos) was touring in the U.S and Europe in 2007 and 2008; in interview with The Pulse of Radio, Serj Tankian said 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, no official confirmation for such thing did happen though. Check all Serj Tankian 2007/2008 Tour Info and Reviews
Second Solo Album
Serj is currently is working on a second album, due in 2009. It is said to be more of a jazz and orchestral based sound. A new song, “Sounds of War”, has been performed in some recent live concert, it might be one of the future song on the new 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.” Said Serj in recent interview with Ultimate Guitar.