Erwin Khachikian

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Erwin Khachikian (Persian: اروین خاچیکیان Armenian: Էրվին Խաչիկյան born on November 30, 1973 in Tehran, Iran) is an Iranian-American musician, singer and producer. In addition to his solo career is a member of Serj Tankian's solo band The F.C.C. and also the creator of Karmandan, which is focused in the Iranian music scene. As a musical director he leads the artists and bands in notable festivals globally, Eldfesten in Sweden, Let Her Sing in San Francisco, Femineast festival in Sweden

Early life[edit]

Erwin Khachikian was born in Tehran, Iran into an Armenian family in 1973. He first discovered his love for music at the age of 10. Being raised in a household surrounded by music, Erwin initially became influenced by his father’s talent on the guitar and the organ.

Erwin began his classical training at 11 years old and continued his instruction when he moved to the United States 2 years later in 1987. Throughout junior-high, high school and college, he studied music privately and in school, simultaneously attending the Grove School of Music in Los Angeles. After graduating in 1996 from Cal State University of Northridge with a BA in psychology, he began his career as a professional musician.

The Major Label Era[edit]

The past 15 years have been a blessed musical journey for Erwin. Since the mid '90's, he has been on tour and recording in the studio with various well-known artists. He is a member of Serj Tankian’s (System of a Down) solo project called Serj Tankian and the FCC. Since August 2007, the band has toured with The Foo Fighters, Ozzy Osborne, Metallica, REM, Rage Against the Machine, and appeared on TV shows, such as Jay Leno,[1] Jimmy Kimmel,[2] and Carson Daly. In 2010, they began touring and collaborating with Europe's finest and most prestigious symphony orchestras. The band has performed in sold out arenas and festivals all over the world, one of which included Germany's Rock Am Ring in front of an audience of 80,000.[3]

From 2001 to 2006, Erwin was a member of the very promising band Slow Motion Reign. Signed with Columbia Records/Serjical Strike Records, the band released an album in 2004. During that time, Erwin had the opportunity to support and perform with artists such as Neal Schon of ‘Journey’, Cliff Hue of ‘Supertramp’ and Jerry Cantrell of ‘Alice and Chains’ and Ozomatli.

Sticking To His Roots[edit]

Between the years 2001 and 2004, Erwin co-produced and arranged 2 albums ‘Neghab’ and ‘Bi Sarzamin tar az bad’ for a famous Persian artist and Composer, Siavash Ghomeyshi. With the success of these albums, along with leading the band for the live performances, Erwin earned his place as a top producer and musical director in the Persian music scene. He has worked in the studio and toured within the US, Australia, Europe and the Middle East with other artists such as Andy, Mansour, Martik, Helen, to name a few. In 2010, Erwin was part of a documentary and a compilation made in Iran called ‘Gheseye Zirzamin’ about Iran's innovative and somewhat controversial underground music. In addition, Erwin’s solo project Karmandan released a full-length album in 2011 and 2018. Erwin has helped Persian music make significant strides in the contemporary arena.

Erwin has released his second album for KARMANDAN titled 'Gozargah'. The album produced by Erwin Khachikian and Nicolas Nami is a combination of lyrics written by Yaghma Golrouee, Omid Oliae and Abbas Sadeghi.

Currently Erwin is producing other acts such as Niaz Nawab, as well as festivals around the globe like 'Let Her Sing' for the 3rd year that is being held in San Francisco.

The Man Behind the Mission[edit]

It is Erwin's musical versatility coupled with his intense passion that has made him a unsurpassed musician, manager and producer. Still going strong after many years as a professional in the business sine the mid 90's, Erwin humbly says “the most important thing is to keep balance and peace in your life while still remaining open to learning and experiencing new things and ideas.” Using this mantra as a way to find his inner peace and keep his creativity fresh and alive, Erwin will continue to be a successful and sought-out performer and producer of music. Liked and admired by many in both his professional and personal life, we definitely have much more to see and hear of Erwin Khachikian.


Year Artist Title Songwriter Producers
2018 Erwin Khachikian ft Niaz Nawab Charkhidim Erwin, Omid Oliae Erwin Khachikian, Hamid Shekari
2018 Niaz Nawab Darya Niaz Nawab, Hafez Erwin Khachikian
2017 Erwin Khachikian Mano Donya Erwin, Omid Oliae Erwin Khachikian
2017 Niaz Nawab and Erwin Khachikian Badeh Niaz Nawab, Hafez Erwin Khachikian

Album (Gozargah)[edit]

Year Artist Title Songwriter Producers
2017 Erwin Khachikian & KARMANDAN Gozargah Erwin Khachikian, Yaghma Golroue Erwin Khachikian, Nicolas Nami
2017 Erwin Khachikian & KARMANDAN Dobareh Erwin Khachikian, Yaghma Golroue Erwin Khachikian, Nicolas Nami
2017 Erwin Khachikian & KARMANDAN Engar Erwin Khachikian, Melody Safavi Erwin Khachikian, Nicolas Nami
2017 Erwin Khachikian & KARMANDAN Piano Erwin Khachikian, Yaghma Golroue Erwin Khachikian
2017 Erwin Khachikian & KARMANDAN Baroon Erwin Khachikian, Yaghma Golroue Erwin Khachikian, Nicolas Nami
2017 Erwin Khachikian & KARMANDAN Maghze Por Jib Khali Abbas Sadeghi Ali Mohtashami
2017 Erwin Khachikian & KARMANDAN Baroon (Remix) Erwin Khachikian, Yaghma Golroue Ali Mohtashami
2017 Erwin Khachikian & KARMANDAN Razi Nemisham Erwin Khachikian Erwin Khachikian
2017 Erwin Khachikian & KARMANDAN Bridge Erwin Khachikian Erwin Khachikian


  1. ^ ahlucino bootlegs (2012-09-11), (2011) Serj Tankian - NBC Studios (Stage 11) "The Tonight Show" [PRO#1], retrieved 2016-10-23
  2. ^ Ronaldo Marques (2012-09-07), Serj Tankian Harakiri Legendado, retrieved 2016-10-23
  3. ^ Malakian81 (2009-03-03), SERJ TANKIAN live at Rock Am Ring - EMPTY WALLS, retrieved 2016-10-23

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