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Amir Derakh
Birth name Amir Davidson
Born June 20, 1963 (1963-06-20) (age 46)
Schenectady, New York
Genres Rock
Years active 1981 – present
Associated acts Rough Cutt
Jailhouse
Orgy
Julien-K
Dead By Sunrise
Church (TV Personality)
Website amir-derakh.com

Amir Davidson (stage-named Amir Derakh) (born June 20, 1963 in Schenectady, New York), is an American musician of Persian ancestry. As of 1997 he is the guitar/synthesizer player for the band Orgy. He was once a guitarist in the bands Rough Cutt and Jailhouse.

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Career

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.

Besides Orgy, he has a side band called Julien-K, and 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.

He is currently the guitarist for the band Dead By Sunrise.

Personal life

Derakh is 1/2 Iranian and 1/8 each of Irish, Austrian, Hungarian, and Russian ancestry. He attended UCLA and earned his certificate in producing/engineering. [1]

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?" Amir also has a son named Michael Melody Davidson. [2]

According to Metal Sludge, his stage name is meant to imply the phrase "I'm Here to Rock."

Discography (Producer/Engineer/Mixing and Arranging)

  • Transformers Revenge Of The Fallen - Video Game - producer/engineer/mixer for Julien-K score - Activision - 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
  • 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 - Dark Days - pre-production & song arrangements - Roadrunner - 2002
  • Zoolander - Soundtrack - co-producer/engineer/mixer for Orgy - Hollywood - 2001
  • 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
  • Orgy - Candyass - co-producer/engineer - Reprise - 1998 - Platinum
  • 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

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