Daron Malakian

(Daron Vartan Malakian)

Daron Malakian
Daron Malakian
  • Born: July 18, 1975
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Multi-instrumentalist, Record Producer

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Daron Vartan Malakian born in Canyon Country, California, is an Armenian-American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best known as the guitarist, songwriter and second vocalist of the heavy metal band System of a Down and as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist and songwriter of the band Scars on Broadway. Daron Malakian is known for his distinctive playing and is ranked 40th in Loudwire's list of Top 50 Hard Rock + Metal Guitarists of All Time and number 11 in MusicRadar's poll, The 20 Greatest Metal Guitarists Ever. He is placed 30th in Guitar World's list of The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.

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A lot of MTV's programming is hip-hop based, and the messages are usually all about bling bling. A lot of hip-hop artists sing about stuff that's more important, but they seldom get heard. The ones who get heard are the ones saying, 'Think about yourself. Make your money. It's all you. Everybody have a good time and party.' Time ;Money, Coins & Minting
A lot of times, I don't feel responsible for the songs myself. But that's my job or my place in life: to keep my search and catch the ideas before they pass me by. Life
As a musician, I don't think I'm the greatest guitar player. I'm a bigger fan of the drums than I am the guitar; I just happen to play guitar. I play drums almost every day at my house. I wrote a lot of songs behind the drum kit, just having the music and vocals in my head and playing the rhythm. Music, Chants & Rapps
Basically I write songs, and I need for there to be a home for these songs.
Every song I've written is luck, I think; it's luck - 'How did that just happen?'
How does a band like System of a Down get big?
I ain't got no beef with Obama.
I always want to grow and top myself.
I am depressed sometimes, but it's not what keeps me at home or focused on work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't ever put down bands.
I don't get it when people complain that baseball games are too long.
I don't think when I'm doing music. Things just happen. I've even taken my clothes off while performing. But then I'm so shy that I can't even take my clothes off in the dressing room, even though it's just the other guys in the band in here with me. It's really weird. Music, Chants & Rapps
I don't understand some of the music I hear on MTV or the radio, because they don't mention the times we live in. They have nothing to do with nothing. Music, Chants & Rapps
I guess you'd say I'm a gearhead. It's not just guitars; I have five or six drum sets, a bunch of keyboards... It's like Guitar Center exploded, and all the cool stuff dropped in my backyard. I'm a really lucky guy, I have to admit.
I just think religion is something... It could be a beautiful thing for the individual, but when it becomes organized, that's when religion starts taking a kind of ugly turn to me. Religion & God
I like structuring verses, choruses, but sometimes the verses might be a tango and the choruses might be death metal. Death
I was always searching for something bigger, faster and better, and Slayer came up with that.
I would never cancel a tour unless I had real reasons and personal things that require my undivided attention.
If I was money-motivated, I wouldn't have joined a rock band with three other Armenian guys.
I'll always be a member of System of a Down. That will never change.
I'll be honest with you: politically, I have no issue with people, but my beef sometimes is with religion at the end of the day. Religion & God
I'm not very happy. I'm frustrated with human beings. I'm the guy who just wants to smack people in the face and say, 'Wake up!'
In Glendale, where I live, there's a street called Broadway. The bottoms of the light posts have swastikas on them.
In 'Kill Rock n' Roll,' the choruses came about at the moment I was listening to a lot of the Supremes, and if you listen to that part, you can hear a melody and a harmony there that's not too far away from what the Supremes would probably be doing, but there's heavy guitars in the back.
In the Middle East in the summertime, to keep cool, a lot of people sleep on the rooftops.
Music is an emotion, and I put it out there. Music, Chants & Rapps
Music is pretty much all I do. Music, Chants & Rapps
My dad is my biggest influence on me as a musician, even though he's not a musician. Families, Children & Parenting
People's attention spans don't run too long these days.
Politicians use religion, and they get their troops riled up with religion. Religion & God
System of a Down is the music that I wanted to buy but couldn't find at the store. It's the band I wanted to be a fan of. Music, Chants & Rapps
There's no rule that says you have to make records constantly, like clockwork, to continue being who you are.
Whatever I write has to evolve around my taste in music at that moment, because that always changes. Music, Chants & Rapps
You can't just release double albums and expect people to sit there and devote their time to it. Time
You know, even U2 took a little time off, and then they came back with a new sound. Time
You put too many songs on your record, and it ends up like a family with too many kids: some of them get neglected. Families, Children & Parenting