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    Thu, 25 Feb 2010 12:59:50

    Interview: Serj Tankian — "Everything I do is strange…even with System of a Down  we were always without borders" - Serj Tankian of System of a Down talks to ARTISTdirect.com editor and <i>Dolor</i> author Rick Florino in this exclusive interview about <i>Elect the Dead Symphony</i>, his "symphonic and orchestral" perspective and why happy people make messed up music…

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    Serj Tankian has a big smile on his face right now.

    "Guys that make dark music are generally happy in their day-to-day lives; but the guys that do the happy music are really fucked up," chuckles the System of a Down singer. "We're generalizing, but still…[Laughs]."

    Serj has everyone reason to be smiling, beyond being a true master of "dark music." He just dropped his CD/DVD Elect the Dead Symphony on iTunes, and it hits stores on March 9th. Elect the Dead Symphony features Serj performing his 2007 solo album, Elect the Dead alongside The Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra. Live, Serj and the orchestra bring these songs to life with a new cinematic vibrancy that's as beautiful as it is brutal at times. Elect the Dead shows the singer at his most adventurous, and with the orchestra, he truly pushes the boundaries of rock n' roll beyond outer space. It's one of the most epic live records to drop in a long time…

    Serj Tankian sat down with ARTISTdirect.com editor and Dolor for this exclusive video interview about Elect the Dead Symphony, his symphonic mindset and why happy people make fucked up music…

    Check out the video here and below!



    Rick Florino
    02.25.10




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