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|Birth name||Amir Davidson|
June 20, 1963 |
Schenectady, New York
|Genres||Heavy metal, glam metal, hard rock, alternative rock|
|Associated acts||Rough Cutt
Dead By Sunrise
Hear 'n Aid
Amir Davidson (stage-named Amir Derakh) (born June 20, 1963) is an American musician. He is currently guitar and synthesizer player for the band Julien-k and guitar player for the band Dead by Sunrise. He was once a guitar/synthesizer player in the band Orgy and has played guitar in the bands Rough Cutt and Jailhouse.
After graduating in 1981 from Mission Bay High School in San Diego, California, Derakh played lead guitar for local bands Armed & Ready and Emerald. He moved to Los Angeles to replace Craig Goldy in Rough Cutt. He made a guest appearance on Crazy Town's The Gift of Game album. Julien-K released a remix of Chester Bennington's solo song "The Morning After" which appeared exclusively on the soundtrack for the 2006 film Underworld: Evolution. Derakh describes the sound of Julien-K as Depeche Mode meets Chemical Brothers.
Derakh performed backing for Chester Bennington when he performed his song "Let Down" during 2005's ReAct Now: Music & Relief televised concert. He also made an appearance in the 2003 version of the film Freaky Friday and has worked with many other bands, including Coal Chamber and Red Tape.
Derakh also is an avid guitar designer. He has worked with Grover Jackson of Jackson Guitars and has personally designed several of the guitars he currently plays (the most famous being The Disruptor). One of his motivations for designing his own guitars is his desire to create something unique yet functional, and having the public wonder "Wow, what is that guy playing?"
Derakh also has a son named Michael Melody Davidson.
According to Metal Sludge, his stage name is meant to imply the phrase "I'm Here to Rock," with the spelling of the last name as a tribute to his Iranian heritage.
Discography (Producer/Engineer/Mixing and Arranging)
- Matt's Chance - Movie Score/Soundtrack - 2014
- Mumiy Troll co-producer/engineer/mixer/remixer - 2013
- Julien-K - We're Here With You - producer/engineer - Circuit Freq Records - 2012
- Sonic Generations Original Soundtrack: Blue Blur - Soundtrack - producer/engineer/mixer for Circuit Freq - Sega - 2011
- True Colors: The Best of Sonic the Hedgehog Part 2 - Soundtrack - producer/engineer/mixer for Julien-K - Sega - 2009
- Dead by Sunrise - Out of Ashes - pre-production & engineering - Warner Bros. - 2009
- Transformers Revenge Of The Fallen - Video Game - producer/engineer/mixer for Julien-K score - Activision - 2009
- Julien-K - Death to Analog - producer/engineer/mixer - Level 7/Metropolis - 2009
- Transformers - soundtrack - producer/engineer for Julien-K - Warner Bros. - 2007
- Underworld:Evolution - soundtrack - producer/engineer/mixer for Chester Bennington vs. Julien-K - Sony - 2007
- Shadow the Hedgehog - soundtrack - producer/engineer/mixer for Julien-K - Sega - 2005
- Orgy - Punk Statik Paranoia - co-producer/engineer - D1 - 2004
- Red Tape - Radioactivist - producer/mixer - roadrunner - 2004
- Sonic Heroes - Soundtrack - producer/engineer/mixer for Julien-K - Sega - 2004
- Freaky Friday - Soundtrack - producer/engineer for Halo Friendlies - Hollywood - 2003 - Gold
- Coal Chamber - Giving the Devil His Due - engineer/mixer - Roadrunner -2003
- Coal Chamber - Dark Days - pre-production & song arrangements - Roadrunner - 2002
- Valentine pre-production & engineering - Warner Bros. - 2001
- Zoolander - Soundtrack - co-producer/engineer/mixer for Orgy - Hollywood - 2001
- Spineshank - The Height of Callousness - pre-production & song arrangements - Roadrunner - 2000 - Grammy Award Nominated
- Scream 3 - Soundtrack - remixer for Orgy - Wind-Up - 2000 - Gold
- Orgy - Vapor Transmission - co-producer/engineer - Reprise - 2000 - Gold
- Danzig - Satan's Child - mixer - E-Magine - 1999
- Coal Chamber - Chamber Music - mixer - Roadrunner - 1999
- Spineshank - Strictly Diesel - producer/engineer/mixer - Roadrunner - 1998
- Orgy - Candyass - co-producer/engineer - Reprise - 1998 - Platinum
- Strangeland - Soundtrack - mixer for Coal Chamber - TVT - 1998
- Bride of Chucky - Soundtrack - mixer for Coal Chamber - CMC - 1998
- Rod Stewart tribute album - Forever Mod - Portrait of a Storyteller - producer/engineer/mixer/arranger - DeRock - 1997
- Coal Chamber - Coal Chamber - engineer/mixer - Roadrunner - 1997 - Gold
- Eels - Beautiful Freak - engineer - DreamWorks - 1996 - Gold
- Amir Derakh at the Internet Movie Database
- PopGurls Interview: Amir Derakh
- All About Amir