John Dolmayan in 2009
|Born||July 15, 1973|
|Origin||Los Angeles, California, United States|
John Dolmayan (born July 15, 1973) is an Armenian-American musician, songwriter and drummer. He is best known as the drummer of System of a Down. Dolmayan is also the drummer for the band Indicator and former drummer for Scars on Broadway. Loudwire listed him as one of the Top 66 Hard Rock + Metal Drummers of All Time, with Dolmayan being ranked at number 31.
Dolmayan first became interested in drums at the age of two. His father was a saxophone player and when his mother would take him to watch his father play, he would mimic his father's drummer. He learned to play the drums by putting on records and practicing for hours a day, and continued said practice for years. Dolmayan describes his musical style as one influenced by whatever he could get his hands on, including the jazz albums belonging to his father and the rock albums he shared with his friends.
Dolmayan is a fan of The Who and cites Who drummer Keith Moon as his biggest influence. Other drummers that he cites as major influences include Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, Stewart Copeland from The Police, and Rush's Neil Peart.
System of a Down
Scars on Broadway
After System of a Down went on hiatus in 2006 Dolmayan teamed up with Daron Malakian (System of a Down's guitarist/vocalist) to form a new band called Scars on Broadway, which recorded their eponymous debut album in 2007 and 2008. The album was released in the summer of 2008 and Dolmayan, Malakian, guitarist Franky Perez, bassist Dominic Cifarelli, and keyboardist Danny Shamoun performed concerts and prepared to embark on a tour in support of the album before Malakian suddenly cancelled the tour in October 2008.
In August 2009, Dolmayan, Franky Perez, Danny Shamoun, and Dominic Cifarelli as Scars on Broadway traveled to Iraq for a USO tour across the U.S. army bases. Their setlist consisted of covers as well as a few Scars on Broadway songs.
Scars on Broadway reunited with Malakian on May 2, 2010, and released a new single later that year. However, the project went dormant and Dolmayan was no longer involved when Malakian reformed the group in 2018.
Dolmayan recorded drums for Killing Joke's 2003 self-titled album, (although the band ended up going with Dave Grohl's tracks) as well as Scum of the Earth's debut album, Blah...Blah...Blah...Love Songs for the New Millennium. He also played drums on the Axis of Justice concert tour with various artists and on the Serj Tankian solo debut, Elect the Dead.
In June 2009, Dolmayan began forming a new rock band called Indicator with three friends from Southern California who were formerly in a punk rock band, Tom Capossela, Ryan Huber, and Ryan Murphy. The band played their first show at The Bitter End on July 22, 2009, with Dolmayan's fellow Scars on Broadway member Franky Perez joining the band for a few songs. The band released an album entitled Have We Gone Too Far? in 2010.
Dolmayan performed with System of a Down bandmates Daron Malakian and bassist Shavo Odadjian and Scars on Broadway guitarist Franky Perez for Odadjian's Halloween show. Dolmayan, Malakian, and Odadjian performed together again in November 2009 during a charity show for Deftones bassist Chi Cheng.
Dolmayan has also devoted a lot of his time the past few years in the comic book retail industry, including launching Torpedo Comics out of Nevada.
- Drums – Tama Starclassic Bubinga
- 10"×8" Rack Tom
- 12"×9" Rack Tom
- 13"x10" Rack Tom
- 16"×14" Floor Tom
- 18"×16" Floor Tom
- 22"×18" Bass Drum
- 14"×6" John Dolmayan Signature Snare
- Cymbals – Paiste
- Traditionals 22" Medium Light Swish
- RUDE 14" Hi-Hat
- 2002 6" Bell Chime
- Signature 18" Fast Crash
- Signature 10" Splash
- Signature 8" Splash
- RUDE 14" Hi-Hat
- Signature 19" Full Crash
- RUDE 24" Mega Power Ride
- 2002 24" Big Ride
- 2002 19" Wild China
- Sticks – Vic Firth
- John Dolmayan Signature 16" length, .580" diameter
- In 2002, System of a Down was nominated for a Grammy Award in Best Metal Performance for their song "Chop Suey!"
- In 2006, System of a Down won the "MTV Good Woodie Award" for their song "Question!"
- In 2006, John won Drum! Magazine's drummer of the year award. He also won the alternative rock drummer of the year award.
- In 2006, System of a Down's song "Toxicity" was #14 on the VH1 Top 40 Metal Songs list
- In 2006, System of a Down won the Grammy Award in Best Hard Rock Performance for their song "B.Y.O.B."
- In 2007, System of a Down was nominated for a Grammy Award in Best Hard Rock Performance for their song "Lonely Day"
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