Serj Tankian may be most well-known as the passionate lead singer for alternative metal/hard rock band System of a Down, but there is another side to this musician.
Last year he recorded a DVD with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, a 70-piece classical orchestra that interpreted the music from his first solo album, Elect the Dead. Tankian fronted the symphony, singing the music from that album and successfully bringing together elements of classical and metal for an upcoming DVD release titled Elect the Dead Symphony.
On a rainy day in Burbank, California, he recently talked about the project and what it was like recording the performance at the Auckland Town Hall in New Zealand on March 16, 2009.
Seated in a conference room at Warner Bros. Records, the animated and engaging singer revealed how the recording came together and how it feels now that the DVD is due for release in March of this year.