David Hakopyan

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David "Dvo" Hakopyan (born September 9, 1975) is an Armenian-American musician, producer and entrepreneur. He is known for being the original bass player (1992–94) of metal band Soil (witch later would be known as System of a Down) and founder/bass player (1999–2002) of the alt-progressive rock band The Apex Theory, as well as the member of his band Antenna the End.[1]. He managed his own record label and recording studio Toys of the Masses in Los Angeles.[2]

History[edit]

Soil (1992–94)[edit]

Serj Tankian and Daron Malakian attended Rose and Alex Pilibos Armenian School as children, although due to their eight-year age difference they did not meet until 1992 while working on separate projects at the same recording studio. They formed a band named Soil with Tankian on vocals and keyboards, Malakian on vocals and guitar, Dave Hakopyan (who later played in The Apex Theory/Mt. Helium) on bass and Domingo "Dingo" Laranio on drums. The band hired Shavo Odadjian (another Rose and Alex Pilibos alumnus) as manager, although he eventually joined Soil as rhythm guitarist. In 1994, after only one live show at the Roxy and one jam session recording, Hakopyan and Laranio left the band.

The Apex Theory[edit]

The Apex Theory was formed in 1999 by Armenian-American Los Angeles musicians Ontronik Khachaturian, Art Karamian and David Hakopyan, following Khachaturian's injury and subsequent departure from System Of A Down. Sammy J. Watson joined the band after they were unable to find a committed drummer.[3] The band released its first extended play, Extendemo, in 2000. The following year, they signed with DreamWorks Records,[4] releasing their second EP, The Apex Theory on October 9, 2001. The band performed at the main stage during the 2001 Warped Tour[5][6] and as co-headliners at the 2002 MTV2 tour.

On April 2, 2002, the band released its first album, Topsy-Turvy. It peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart and No. 157 on the Billboard 200.[7] Months after the album's release, Khachaturian left the band,[8] and they began to audition new vocalists before deciding that Karamian would take over as the band's vocalist, shifting the band from a quartet to a power trio. The band released an EP in 2004 entitled inthatskyissomethingwatching. After changing the name to Mt. Helium, the band released its second album, Faces, as a digital download on June 3, 2008.[9]

Antenna the End[edit]

Antenna The End started in 2009 in Los Angeles, CA. Songwriter/bassist, David Hakopyan and vocalist/costume designer, Daniella Yorah. Followed by Tony Rinaldi on Brass & Efx, Brock Bowers on Drums, & Tadeh Petrossian on Guitar. The band would later release a few singles under INgrooves/Toys of the Masses.[10]

Band Position Start date End date
Soil Bass Player 1992 1994
The Apex Theory Founder/Bass Player 1999 2008
Antenna the End Founder/Bass Player/Vocalist 2009 -

Technique[edit]

Hakopyan is well-known for his distinctive bass-playing, which aside from being quite dominant in the majority of his music also includes the use of several unusual techniques, such as odd meters with ethnic groove, metal and electronic music such as Drum-n-Bass. The 9/8 groove of "In Books" sprung from a traditional Armenian dance rhythm. [11]

In his methods of creating melody, Hakopyan said: "I have this routine when we´re home: I always have my bass next to my bed, and the first thing I do in the morning is grab my bass. I´ll still be basically sleeping, but I´ll start playing. Songs have come from those moments. I try to let it flow while it´s subconscious and see where it goes. Then I bring those ideas to the studio, and we start jamming on them. I never premeditated a song, really. I always want it to have its own birth."[11]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

  1. "Antenna The End". Free Bike Valet. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  2. "THE APEX THEORY: LIGHTPOST EP". MetalSucks. 2007-04-13. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  3. Preston, Katherine K. (February 2000). Wilson, John (25 December 1800–09 July 1849), concert and operatic tenor. American National Biography Online. Oxford University Press. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  4. Iannini, Tommaso. (2003). Nu metal. Firenze: Giunti. ISBN 88-09-03051-6. OCLC 898458701. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  5. Moore, Allan F. (2001), "Punk rock", Oxford Music Online, Oxford University Press, retrieved 2020-04-07
  6. Burr, Ramiro (2016). "San Antonio, TX". Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World. doi:10.5040/9781501329166-0002936.
  7. MARKEL, HOWARD (December 2017). "Topsy-Turvy". The Milbank Quarterly. 95 (4): 687–691. doi:10.1111/1468-0009.12290. ISSN 0887-378X.
  8. Iannini, Tommaso. (2003). Nu metal. Firenze: Giunti. ISBN 88-09-03051-6. OCLC 898458701. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  9. Page, Jason S. (2013-06-04). "Boildown Study on Supernatant Liquid Retrieved from AW-106 in December 2012".
  10. "Antenna The End to Perform in LA on April 10". Asbarez.com. 2015-03-27. Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Farinella, David John (November 2002). "David Hakopyan "Letting it flow"". Bass Magazine. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)


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