Born in Beirut, Lebanon, Serj Tankian is an Armenian-American Grammy Award-winning rock singer-songwriter with many other talents like record producer, multi-instrumentalist, poet, and an activist. He is also well-known for promoting human rights, and environmental protection. Tankian is actively involved in promoting and lobbying the Armenian Genocide recognition on different levels. The artist is also politically involved. He is a co-founded of a non-profit political activist organization, Axis of Justice, aimed at motivating youth interest in politics and into Genocide recognition. The organization’s purpose is to bring together musicians, fans of music, and grassroots progressivism to fight for social justice together. During his musical career, he has released 5 albums with System of a Down, one with Arto Tunçboyacıyan (Serart), as well as his debut solo album Elect the Dead and a live orchestral version incorporating the Auckland philharmonic orchestra Elect the Dead Symphony.