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Ontronik "Andy" Khachaturian
Genres Any
Occupations Musician, singer–songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer
Instruments Drums, vocals, guitar, synthesizer, programming, DJ
Labels Universal Music Group/DreamWorks ,
Associated acts System of a Down, The Apex Theory, VoKee

Ontronik "Andy" Khachaturian (Armenian: Անդրանիկ (Անդի) Խաչատրյան) is an Armenian-American singer–songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. He is best known for being the original drummer (1994 - 1997) of the Grammy Award-winning rock band, System of a Down and lead songwriter/vocalist (1999 - 2002) of The Apex Theory. Ontronik has worked with producers Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Duran Duran) , Alan Moulder (Nine Inch Nails, A Perfect Circle) and Rich Costey (Rage Against The Machine, Bloc Party) at world-renowned studios such as NRG Recording Studios and Quad Recording Studios. He is currently the founder/lead vocalist of his band VoKee and continues to write and perform live as a solo artist , drummer and DJ.




First Album: Self-titled - "System of a Down"

Songwriting Credit for Drums on:

"Suite-Pee", "Know", "Sugar", "Suggestions", "Soil", "War", "Mind", "Peephole", "Darts", "Pluck"



Year Chart Position
1999 Billboard 200 124
Top Heatseekers 1


Year Single Chart Position
1999 "Sugar" Mainstream Rock Tracks 28
Modern Rock Tracks 31

Q magazine (10/01, p.152) - 4 stars out of 5 - "This remains an excellent starting point for this most curious and underrated of bands."

The album is featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Second Album: "Toxicity"

Songwriting Credit for Drums on:

"X" and "Chop Suey"(grammy nominated)


Year Chart Position
2001 Billboard 200 1
UK Albums Chart 13
Australian ARIA Top 50 6
Canadian Album Chart 1
New Zealand Top Album Chart 7


Year Single Chart Position
2001 "Chop Suey!" The Billboard Hot 100 76
Modern Rock Tracks 7
Mainstream Rock Tracks 12
Australian ARIA Top 50 14

Toxicity received mass critical acclaim, making many end-of-year "best of" lists (such as being named SPIN Magazine's #1 record of the year), and earning a Grammy nomination for lead single "Chop Suey!".

The song "X" was originally recorded for the bands' 1998 self-titled debut but it was re-worked for Toxicity. "Toxicity" was made available as a downloadable song for the music video game series Rock Band on August 5, 2008, and it is also featured in the video game Guitar Hero: Metallica.

The album is listed in Blender's 500 CDs You Must Own.[1]

  • Q magazine (9/01, p.121) - 4 stars out of 5 - "Matches Slipknot for manic intensity while employing a freeform approach to songcraft which invites comparison to the lunatic-fringe rock of the '60s."
  • Alternative Press (2/02, p.64) - Ranked #9 in AP's "25 Best Albums of 2001."
  • Mojo (p.54) - Ranked #93 in Mojo's "100 Modern Classics."

Third Album: "Steal this Album"

Songwriting Credit for Drums on:

"Mr. Jack", "36", "Roulette"


Year Chart Position
2002 Billboard 200 15
  • CMJ (12/16/02, p. 23) - "Both arty aggro and perverted political punk."
  • Entertainment Weekly (11/29/02, p. 105) - "Steal This Album stands head-and-tattooed shoulders above its competition in the hard-rock genre."
  • Spin (2/03, p. 96) - 8 out of 10 - "The way these simple songs blur together works in the album's favor: Just when you think you've got a foothold, the ground disappears under your feet."

In February 2006, System of a Down won the Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance beating out other established artists such as Nine Inch Nails and Robert Plant

FIVE OTHER TRACKS: "Honey", "Temper", "Toast", "Flake", and "Friik" were never officially released but are still played live


Album Title - "Topsy-Turvy"


Year Chart Position
2002 Billboard 200 157
Heatseekers 6

links to The Apex Theory videos released on MTV, FUSE, and all major video/radio markets worldwide.

Shhh...(Hope Diggy) - first single.

Apossibly- second single.

Album review:

Biography (short form):

A mention in the New York TImes: (see #4)


Band Position Start Date End Date
System of a Down Drums 1993 1997
The Apex Theory Vocals, Lead Songwriter 1999 November 2002
VoKee Producer, Vocals 2004 Present


System of a Down

  • Untitled 1995 Demo Tape (1995)
  • Demo Tape 1 (1995)
  • Demo Tape 2 (1996)
  • Demo Tape 3 (1997)

The Apex Theory



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