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Daron Malakian
Malakian in 2012
Background information
Born July 18, 1975 (1975-07-18) (ageĀ 46)
Hollywood, United States
Genres Alternative metal, experimental rock
Instruments Lead vocals, guitar
Years active 1990-present
Associated acts System of a Down, Scars on Broadway

Daron Malakian (born July 18, 1975) is an Armenian-American musician. He is best known for being the lead guitarist of System of a Down. He was also the lead singer and guitarist for Scars on Broadway. He is the only member of System of a Down who was born in the United States. He placed 30th in Guitar World's "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists Of All Time".

Personal life

Malakian was born in 1975. He was the only child of Vartan Malakian and Zepur Malakian. He first started playing guitar when he was 11. He says his main inspirations were The Beatles, Metallica, Slayer, The Who and Iggy Pop. Daron met Serj Tankian in 1993. System of a Down was formed in 1994. Shortly after Scars on Broadway's first album was released, Daron cancelled all of the band's tours and TV appearances, saying that his "heart wasn't up to touring". Before the band announced the actual reason, there were many rumours about Daron's health, but these were not true.


System of a Down
  • System of a Down - 1998
  • Toxicity - 2001
  • Mezmerize - 2005
  • Hypnotize - 2005
Scars on Broadway
  • Scars on Broadway - 2008
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