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#1 Jon

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:05 PM

Hey everyone,

Here you can ask Serj anything you want and each week he'll pick out his favorite questions and post the answers!

Enjoy,
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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:07 PM

Ooooo! Jon is online and this is a cool thread. Errm! I always have questions buzzing round but now that I'm being asked about then they have just disappeared!

I suppose I could ask this one

What were the original lyrics like for Lie Lie Lie (roughly) and what differs from the album version and the other versions created of Lie Lie Lie (If any)?

I'll try and come up with a better question XD

Edited by Cracker!!, 09 August 2010 - 08:07 PM.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:11 PM

WILL YOU BE MY FRIEND SERJ?
I'm intelligent I swear! We could talk about intellectual things while frolicking through nature!

Just kidding, that would be pretty fkn sweet though..

What were your dreams when you were younger/a child? What did you want to do with your life?
I hope it all worked out for you.

Or
What's your favourite System song?

P.S Its an honor for you to read this! I would just like to thank you for your great contribution to music, peace, enlightenment, and inspiration. Thank you so much, what you do means a lot to me. Peace.

Edited by ThankYouSerj, 09 August 2010 - 09:06 PM.


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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:20 PM

Lame question is probably lame, but:

What is your favourite song to perform live? Whether it be from any of your musical ventures. :)

"Without her we are lifeless satellites drifting"


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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:21 PM

What's your favorite variety of chips?

What would you do if a cat flushed your toilet?

Gate 21, conspiracy or not?

You have 3 wishes and you can't wish for more wishes, what do you wish for?

Monopoly or Uno?

What is the significance of your album artwork from your album Elect The Dead?

What do you think of censoring?

What's your favorite SOAD song?

Coke or Pepsi?

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:23 PM

Oooo I have remembered a question (I think it would be necessary to ask considering what this place is!)
As Prince recently said "The internet is over", what do you think about the internet and social networking? Also how often do you browse it and what places (except porn, I don't need to know about that :D .. DON'T JUDGE ME GUYS :P)

Edited by Cracker!!, 09 August 2010 - 08:24 PM.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:25 PM

Hey, Serj! Just wanted to ask something that differs slightly from some of the questions above...

Of all the songs you've written throughout your music career, which one means the most to you and why?



On a side note - Thank you for you're music! You have an incredible amount of talent!

Edited by Systematic, 09 August 2010 - 08:28 PM.


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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:29 PM

Hello, Serj!

I want to ask, for your bithday, what present do you want? :D

Thank you!

Edited by Marteen, 09 August 2010 - 09:13 PM.


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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:29 PM

Dear Serj Tankian,

First of all, thank you for personalizing my copy of "Cool Gardens." I was elated to get it back.

My question is:
Will you be doing a book tour for "Glaring Through Oblivion"?
If so, please try to stop by any New York bookstore for a signing.

Sincerely,
Y.L.

Edited by dantes21, 10 August 2010 - 03:16 AM.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:39 PM

How do you feel about WMG blocking certain countries from your video's on the website?(such as praise the lord and pass the amunition, empty walls and sky is over) Also, what is your personal opinion on the ACTA and the internet censorship that is currently taking place?


If you do read my question, Id also like to thank you for your inspirational music, lyrics and poems.^^ *hugs*

Edited by Sonya, 10 August 2010 - 02:09 AM.


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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:39 PM

Okay, after a few minutes of thinking, this might be the right question for me to ask!

>What would you recommend musicians, who are just starting to compose their very first song?<

BTW, you're a big inspiration to me and my music... well, not my music it belongs to all of us! Thank you! :smile:

I think it would be pretty cool to hang out with you some day!

I'll make sure that I'll send our demotape to your recordlabel when we've finished it! ;)

See you in Cologne
Peace

Edited by Nevoras, 09 August 2010 - 08:48 PM.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 08:54 PM

Hello Serj!!
It is kind of silly, but do you have a favorite tonality?

I am a musician also, and B - Minor always makes my heart tremble... Posted Image

And in case you actually do read this, thank you for opening my eyes on so many things.

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 09:13 PM

*Knock knock*
Who's there?
[Insert Serj's response]
[Insert Serj's response again] who?
[Insert comedic punchline joke by Serj]



ahah.

Edited by ThankYouSerj, 09 August 2010 - 10:20 PM.


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Posted 09 August 2010 - 09:15 PM

what is your favorite band besides anything with you in it?

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 09:37 PM

Hello Serj,

Why you never came in Greece again since the first time (1998) you came with Slayer ?
I have heard rumors that fans there treat you really bad and that's the reason why System Of A Down didn't come again in my country... I would really like to know what do you think about that and what's your opinion! :)

Im sure you would come (if you really wanted to) since 2006, there was enough time to come at least once.

At least im glad you will come on 17 August. Im so happy i will see you there, i was waiting about 10 years for that!

A huge fan of you and all the other guys since 2000 who still listening your songs with the same passion as the first time.

Marios

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 09:54 PM

Great! Now I can ask Serj the things (does he really read this???) which have bound me since my early teenage-times. I am a surréalist and after many times of surrealistic research I recognized how surrealistic SOAD and its music is, also how it continues within Elect the Dead and Scars on Broadway, and that's why, I suppose, love this band, the music and especially your (Serj's) appearance & musical and artistical originality.
My questions are finally:

1. What was the background, the idea, the starting point of your crazy shamanic appearance in the early years of SOAD like we know from the live-shows or from the "Sugar"-video???

2. What do you think about the "Spiders"-video and the making of it, one of the best dark music videos of the music video history in my opinion?

3. Are there any psychedelic rock influences in your music (maybe The Doors, Velvet Underground, or Pink Floyd)?

The same question as asked before in this thread, but maybe the quantity is also important:
4. What was the idea for the artwork of "Elect the Dead", what does the eye mean to you? (The eye was my symbol before ETD and when I saw it concerning to you I felt "yes!" and "fuck! my friends will think I'm a copy-cat!" in the same time :rolleyes:)

Last but not least:

5. WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE???



Namaste, I would rather say. If you don't want to choose these questions then I hope maybe to get answers after the Hamburg-show (I already do)^^

Peace, you shaman of the 21st century!
Death is the father of existence
Life is the mother of resistance

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 09:57 PM

Hey Serj,

first: sorry for my bad english, I'm German :D
Have you ever considered or been asked to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest for Armenia? I'm fed up with this "lala flower-power singing" meaningless songs; this Song Contest could be a great stage to point out problems...

post scriptum:
I love your peace and love message.

Edited by ciqq, 10 August 2010 - 09:47 PM.


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Posted 09 August 2010 - 10:41 PM

You did a lot of thing in your life.

You played in a nu metal band.
You played with an orchestra.
You played every kind of music, cooperating with a lot of different artists.
You wrote a poetry book
You created a soundtrack for a movie
You started your own label

Is there something in your life that you haven't done yet but you really would like to do?

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 10:46 PM

Do you ever plan to get married and have little Serj's? Lol

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Posted 09 August 2010 - 11:10 PM

Who are are some artists that you enjoy listening to?

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:09 AM

Serj, if you could pick the 5 vocalists who inspired you the most, who would they be and why?

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:23 AM

Would you be my sugar daddy? :P

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:24 AM

Hi Serj

My question is very simple and more than anyone has seen my complaint in the community. I find absurd that if you fight for human rights, why do not you come to South America?. this continent is characterized by massive social unrest, I am surprised this situation. I doubt that your border to come is the low demand, because you provide specific examples of singers who come to South America and without any demand from fans or orders.

Thanks and wish you success and hope that this great question is resolved
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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:32 AM

Hallo serj
I wanted to ask if you can give me a clue how i can make my teacher and school teach something about the armenian genocide?
It would be great if you could support me with your addvices^^
Sorry for my english ^^

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:38 AM

Serj,
My question for you is: What in your past shaped you into what you are today?
Thank you for reading this, I really enjoy your music. Keep up the great work.

Edited by T Hall, 10 August 2010 - 12:40 AM.

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:40 AM

Dear Serj,

I really love all of your music. I am wondering, what music do YOU enjoy. What bands that you like to listen to? Do you listen to your own music?

All the best,
Jerish Brown, i300

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:44 AM

I've noticed in your music (as System of a Down and Serj Tankian) that a good majority of the songs reflects the horrors and absolute problems in the world though disease, government, etc as seen in you music video of Saving Us.

What is needed to make this world a better place?

-Benjamin Duong



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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:49 AM

Dear Serj,
1.Do you have any advice for your younger fans, such as finding inspirado?
2.Since Filmore Miami Beach is the last date on the Imperfect Harmonies tour, will you be signing cd's, posters, ect at the end of the show?
3.Was Dolmayan telling the truth about System touring in 2011?
4.Do you play Video Games? If so what is your favorite?
5.Why so short a tour for Imperfect Harmonies?
6.What is your favorite food?
7.When will you do a new Serart Album with Arto?
8.Whatever happened to Ontronik in system after the hand injury?
9.Who is your favorite artist/painter (besides Shavo)?
10.If system IS touring in 2011, when will a new album be released?
11.What is your favorite Movie?
12.Do you like Mayonaise?
13.What's your favorite kind of cheese?
14.What are your thoughts on violence on Tv, in movies, games, comics, and other media?
15.What is your best childhood memory?

Edited by lie lie lie, 10 August 2010 - 11:26 PM.


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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:51 AM

Hi Serj,
Do you listen to Scars on Broadway?

How often do you listen to your previous work, Serart, and SOAD?

Thank you,
:happyserj:

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Posted 10 August 2010 - 12:59 AM

Hi Serj! Hi people!
It's really nice to know that one of my favourite musicians ever is listening (actually reading :tongue:) something I'm saying, feels good!

Anyways, I have lots of questions for you, but as I can notice you have already enough work to do answering all these questions, so I'm going with just two (for now, I guess hehehe):

1) I'm studying to be a vocalist and I'd definitely like to ask you some tips to improve my singing techinques. You're my favourite vocalist ever, and I'm guessing you can give us all some advice on this topic.

2) What is your musical inspiration? I mean, what sort of music and bands do you listen to more often. In which aspects do they influence you and your music?

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR GIVING US ALL THIS CHANCE TO TALK TO YOU, IT MAKES PEOPLE FEEL CLOSE TO THEY INSPIRATIONS AND I THINK THAT MAKES ALL OF US FEEL REALLY GOOD, EVEN IF YOU DON'T ANSWER THE QUESTION THEY'VE ASKED...

THANKS AGAIN!!!




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