Daron Vartan Malakian was born on July 18, 1975, in Hollywood, California. Daron is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer.
He is best known as the guitarist, songwriter, and occasional vocalist of the rock band ‘System of a Down’ and as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist, and songwriter of the alternative metal band Scars on Broadway. Like the rest of the Hollywood-based band System of a Down, he is of Armenian ancestry, but is the only member to actually have been born inside the United States. He is placed 30th in Guitar World's List of The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.
At a very early age, Malakian got into heavy metal music; his distant cousin played him a Kiss record when he was four years old. Malakian started listening to Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Motorhead and Ozzy Osbourne among others. He always wanted to play the drums, but his parents got him a guitar instead because “You can’t turn the drums off.” By the time he was a teenager, he got into heavier metal bands such as Slayer, Venom, Metallica, Pantera, Sepultura and Cannibal Corpse. At around 17 he started getting into The Beatles and cites John Lennon as one of his biggest influences on him as a songwriter. Daron went to Rose & Alex Pilibos’ Armenian school in the Los Feliz side of Hollywood, which band mates Serj Tankian and Shavo Odadjian also attended. Daron is still a big Slayer fan. Also in his childhood he became a fan of the LA Kings Hockey Team.
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