Daron Malakian was born on July 18, 1975 in Hollywood, California, U.S. as an only child to an Iraqi-Armenian father Vartan Malakian and an Iranian-Armenian mother Zepur Malakian. At a very early age, Daron got into heavy metal music; his distant cousin played him a KISS record when he was four years old and he was hooked.
Daron Malakian is the lead guitarist and main songwriter in the Armenian-American band System of a Down and lead guitarist and lead singer in the Scars On Broadway band. Malakian has written most of the band's music, and, more recently, has taken on a large share of the vocal work for the band as well.
He placed 30th in Guitar World's List of "The 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists Of All Time."