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By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

I'm not comfortable with just entertaining. Although I like entertaining, I also like bringing forward the truth of our times as minstrels used to in the old days.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Serj Tankian

We're addicted to this concept of civilization - we can't imagine living outside of it because we've had it for 10,000 years, all of what we call history. But according to archaeologists, humanity has been on this planet for millions of years in indigenous form.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

I think that because of YouTube, because of MySpace, because of the digital domain that we have on the Internet, the younger generation is much more open to information. I think it's so much easier for them to gain information and trade information, and they have become more aware. In some cases, more aware than their own parents and adults, as to what's going on in the world. I find that really intriguing and interesting, and I think there is a brewing of a whole new generation of activists coming.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

Harout Pamboukjian is one of the biggest Armenian folk singers in the world. In the '70s, he was making these records that were really Zeppelin-influenced.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

I don't want to spend all my time working as an activist. I don't get satisfaction out of it. I'd rather be doing something else. I'm a musician.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

I really feel like civilisation's already over. It's not ending but it's already done. We're all addicted to the concept that humanity equals civilisation and that's not the case. We need a global conversation to be able to decipher how we can live from this point forward. We have to redefine our relationship with our environment.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

I think I might write a book. I like writing. People have asked me if I would get into politics, but I think I feel a lot more effective being a representative of truth through the arts.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

Making two possibilities a reality. Predicting the future of things we all know. Fighting off the diseased programming Of centuries, centuries, centuries, centuries. Science fails to recognise the single most Potent element of human existence. Letting the reigns go to the unfoldings faith, Science has failed our world. Science has failed our mother earth.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

It's important for all people, and not just people in bands, to speak out on social justice issues. That means journalists or plumbers have just as much of a responsibility to do that as artists.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

Political statements are usually more direct, and it works with the upbeat music as well, for some reason, the directness of your statements.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

I've always thought of the sky as, like, an open canvas. When I was a kid and I looked at the sky, I always remember being able to daydream, just looking at the sky, being creative, being able to design things. What would happen if we had no sky? Where would we be? Well, obviously, scientifically, without an atmosphere, we'd all be dead.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Serj Tankian

With 'Elect the Dead,' I learned how to make a rock record without a rock band and make the rock record I've always wanted to make.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

Life is that perfect fine line between ironies.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

I've always tried to listen to a lot of different music from around the world.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Serj Tankian

The next song I wrote in Paris years ago in a dream. So I didn't really write it, the universe wrote it. And that's what I believe about music, I believe it belongs to the universe, it comes from there and it's this beautiful energy that we share that transcends normal flash existence and that we inspire each other through.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

I think as consumers Europeans are a lot more artist loyal irrespective of the genre of music or the type of project or the collaborative effort, and Americans are more media-loyal, because they need to be fed that media to know what's going on, because we're so inundated with promotion and marketing and everything that's going on - advertising.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

In America, there's more of the question, should music be political or should it just be for entertainment purposes, whereas around the world that's not even an issue. I think people just assume that music should be everything.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

As an artist, you never want to write the same song again, you always want to challenge yourself to writing in a different way.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

My personal relationship with music is an imperfect harmony because I never studied music, but here I am not just writing for bands but full orchestral sections and doing all this composition, and I never learned the right way of doing things so I have a lot of dissonant sounds and things that are brought to my attention, and generally I leave them that way because I like those imperfections.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

I think the gift of music is it's intuitive capability. I think music is a powerful medium because it co-inspires. It inspires the artist who then inspires the listener, and it's a back-and-forth process. Because it's intuitive, the truth has to be defined intuitively. It can't be preached, it can't be pushed. It's got to normally go across organically and make someone feel something, and that's the power of music.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

I think nobody wants to hear a sermon. Well, some people do, but maybe not through music or not with me. No one wants to hear me give a speech that way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

Civilization is a failure. We need to think what we can do together in love and peace.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

A lot of pop music is based on trying to make people remember it so that they'll buy it. To me, it was not about that.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Serj Tankian

We first fought... in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

The best way to do that is to pick up a new instrument or an instrument that you don't typically write on and see where it takes you. Whether it's using an acoustic guitar, or piano, or electronics as tools, all of these lead to creating different types of songs and I used all of these methods for this record.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

Science fails to recognize the single most potent element of human existence...faith.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Serj Tankian

Freedom is only available through Death!

By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

If you're using live bass versus orchestral bass, you've got to make sure that you're not stepping on the toes of the other elements, so you've got to balance it out.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

I don't find most people to be as politically engaged as I am. I do find people that appreciate eye-opening events and words, and who want to learn more about what's going on. I do find people with a lot of opinions. And I get a lot of people who come up to me and give us props for what we do.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

'Elect the Dead' is a rock record that takes you on a journey with different types of genres integrated, different lyrical themes digested, and many fun and colorful moments to enjoy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Serj Tankian

To deny a genocide because of convenience and expediency having to do with an illegal war or occupation in Iraq to me, is double hypocritical.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

People always ask me 'do you think there should be more bands doing political music?' and I say 'absolutely not.'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

My two interests are spirituality and politics. I would mesh them in some way; maybe try to figure out the politics of spirituality, or the spirituality of politics. Or maybe come up with this really crazy naive solution for the end of civilization.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

People think our music's very aggressive or angry or whatever, and it's just the opposite, really... I like laughing. And I like being really calm before a show, and smiley.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

Pretending that we live doesn't make us alive.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

Awareness in our society has flipped all types of injustice on its head.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

I'd rather let the music speak for itself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Serj Tankian

The percentage of Americans in the prison system, has doubled since 1985.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Serj Tankian

You listen to Bob Dylan and you can't help but think of the 60s, it's very relational and if artists are true artists and not just mere musicians they need to be truthful because the music doesn't come from them, it comes from the universe and it's to be shared. At best, we're skilled presenters, and I say that at best.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

If you allow for a purely capitalistic society, without any type of regulation at all, you will get one monopoly that will eat all of the smaller fish and own everything, and then you'll have zero capitalism, zero competition - it would just be one giant company.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

Sometimes it's better to have a benign dictator than a dumb democracy, to be honest.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Serj Tankian

With most of the songs and music that I've composed, irrespective of the myriad videos made, I was always careful not to overly define the experience, leaving room for people to internalize things for themselves, making their experience more integral.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Serj Tankian

Touring and putting out records is fun and cool, but I've been doing it for a long time.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

In terms of political things, I think it's important to be more direct in terms of political statements. I think in terms of philosophical and things that you plant things and see them grow lyrically or musically, it's okay to be subtle.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Serj Tankian

Composing is what I love most from what I do. Each genre has a unique expression that you cannot supplant with another. All the records co-inspire each other though they are not tied conceptually in any way to another.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

I think anytime that you go to the extreme of any mode of economics, be it capitalism or communism, you have these feedback mechanisms that make the system turn in on itself.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Serj Tankian

When I was younger, I was listening to a lot of Armenian music, you know, revolutionary music about freedom and protest. In the 70s I was listening to soul and the Bee Gees and ABBA, and funk.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Serj Tankian

With rock music, the amount of power that you can generate, the intensity behind the intentions of your lyrics that you can really reflect through rock music - you can't do that in jazz. You can't do that with classical.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Serj Tankian

I think that the memory of Armenia's genocide opened my eyes at an early age to the existence of political cynicism.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Serj Tankian

The most important thing about music that I've learned after all this time is that to me, it's a way of reaching the truth.