|Birth name||Amir Davidson|
|Born||June 20, 1963|
Schenectady, New York
|Origin||New York, United States|
|Labels||Warner Bros., Metropolis, Julien-K Inc., Circuit Freq Records, Level 7|
|Associated acts|| Rough Cutt |
Dead by Sunrise
Hear 'n Aid
Amir Davidson (born June 20, 1963), known as Amir Derakh is an American musician and record producer. He is currently the guitarist and the synthesizer player for the band Julien-K, and guitarist for the band Dead by Sunrise. He was once the guitar synthesizer player in the rock band Orgy, and has also played guitar in the bands Rough Cutt and Jailhouse.
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. He made a guest appearance on Crazy Town's album, The Gift of Game . Julien-K released a remix of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington's solo song "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 Nine Inch Nails.
Derakh performed backing for Bennington when he performed the 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, Spineshank, Danzig, the eels, Mumiy Troll, Estados Alterados, Ghostfeeder and Red Tape.
Derakh owns two restaurants in Orange County, California. 2145 & Lola Gaspar, plus a recording & mixing studio in Long Beach, California.
Derakh is of Iranian, Irish, Austrian, Hungarian, and Russian ancestry. He attended UCLA and earned his certificate in producing/engineering.
Derakh 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?" He also designed a signature model for Yamaha called the AES-AD6 which was made in a very limited factory run and is highly collectable.
Derakh has a son named Michael Melody-Davidson.
According to Metal Sludge, his stage name is meant to imply the phrase "I'm Here to Rock," with the spelling of the last name as a tribute to his Iranian heritage.
Orgy is an American rock band formed in 1994, from Los Angeles, California. They have described their industrial rock music as "death pop". The band is best known for their cover version of the New Order song "Blue Monday", and the song "Stitches", both from their 1998 album Candyass.
Vapor Transmission is the second album by American Industrial rock band Orgy. It was released on October 10, 2000.
Spineshank was an American nu metal band from Los Angeles. The band has released four studio albums: Strictly Diesel (1998), The Height of Callousness (2000), Self-Destructive Pattern (2003), and Anger Denial Acceptance (2012).
Chamber Music is the second studio album by American nu metal band Coal Chamber, released on Roadrunner Records on September 7, 1999. The album has industrial elements, most notably on their cover of Shock the Monkey. The shift in sound was influenced by the involvement of several keyboardists, such as Jay Gordon and Amir Derakh of Orgy, DJ Lethal of Limp Bizkit and production assistance from Dave Ogilvie of Skinny Puppy. It is the band's most successful album since disbandment and achieved moderate commercial and positive critical success.
Coal Chamber is the eponymous debut album by American nu metal band Coal Chamber. It was released on February 11, 1997, by Roadrunner Records and contains the single "Loco". The Special Edition of the album contains the bonus tracks "Headstones and the Walking Dead", "Big Truck ", "Pig (Demo)", "Sway (Demo)", "Unspoiled (Demo)", and "Loco (Demo)". The DVD features 2 of the band's concerts, a live video of "Loco", and the music video of "Loco". The album was put at no.15 on Kerrang's list "The 21 Greatest Nu-Metal Albums Of All Time".
Self-Destructive Pattern is the third album by the American industrial metal band Spineshank. It was released on September 9, 2003 by Roadrunner Records. The single "Smothered" was nominated for a Grammy in the category of Best Metal Performance (2004).
Ryan Shuck is an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer, producer, and entrepreneur. A co-founder of industrial rock band Orgy, Shuck is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist in electronic rock band Julien-K, and lead singer of the rock band Adema. He was the guitarist and backing vocalist of Dead by Sunrise, the alternative rock side project of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. Shuck played in the Bakersfield-based rock band Sexart alongside future Korn lead singer Jonathan Davis, future Adema bassist Dave DeRoo, and future Cradle of Thorns singer/drummer Ty Elam.
Julien-K is an American electronic rock band based in Long Beach, California, that began as a side project for electronic music created by Amir Derakh and Ryan Shuck from Orgy, alongside Anthony 'Fu' Valcic.
Strictly Diesel is the debut album by the American industrial metal band Spineshank. It was released on September 22, 1998 by Roadrunner Records, it sold 75,000 units in the U.S.
Rough Cutt is the self-titled debut album of the 80's hard rock/heavy metal band of the same name. It was produced by Tom Allom, who is most famous for producing Judas Priest.
Wants You! is the second album of the band Rough Cutt. On certain versions/portions of the album, the full title appears as Rough Cutt Wants You!, as opposed to simply Wants You!.
The Height of Callousness is the second album by the American industrial metal band Spineshank. It was released on October 10, 2000 by Roadrunner Records. The title is taken from a phrase in A Clockwork Orange.
Dead by Sunrise was an American rock supergroup formed in 2005 by vocalist Chester Bennington, best known as a member of Linkin Park. The band also consisted of Amir Derakh, Ryan Shuck, Brandon Belsky, Elias Andra, and Anthony "Fu" Valcic from Julien-K and Orgy. Dead by Sunrise's debut studio album, Out of Ashes, was released worldwide on October 13, 2009.
Death to Analog is the first studio debut album from American rock band Julien-K, which had a limited release on March 10, 2009, with a vinyl release on April 7, the digital release and worldwide release on October 20, and the European/Digi-Pak release date on March 5, 2010. Despite a number of delays, the album was confirmed to be released on February 17, 2009 to coincide with the "Death of Analog" television. However the album's release date was pushed back to March 10.
Jay Baumgardner is an American record producer, engineer and mixer. He has worked on albums by Superheist, Ugly Kid Joe, Bush, Helmet, Sevendust, Papa Roach, Endwell, Coal Chamber, Drowning Pool, Godsmack, Three Days Grace, P.O.D., New Found Glory, Spineshank, Alien Ant Farm and Orgy.
Out of Ashes is the only studio album by American rock band Dead by Sunrise, which consisted of Linkin Park lead vocalist Chester Bennington and Amir Derakh, Ryan Shuck, Anthony 'Fu' Valcic, Brandon Belsky, and Elias Andra of Julien-K. It was released on October 13, 2009 through Warner Bros. Records, to mixed to positive reception. The album was produced by Howard Benson. The album charted on the Billboard 200, peaking at No. 29. The album spawned three singles, "Crawl Back In", "Let Down", and "Fire". The album achieved moderate success in the US charts.
"Inside of Me" is a song by American rock band Dead by Sunrise, which consists of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, as well as the band members of Julien-K. It is the fourth track from their debut album, Out of Ashes.
"Too Late" is a song by American rock band Dead by Sunrise, which consists of Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington, as well as the band members of Julien-K. It is the fourth of their debut album, Out of Ashes.
California Noir - Chapter One: Analog Beaches & Digital Cities is the third studio album by American electronic rock band Julien-K. It is the first album without former drummer Elias Andra. During the recording process he was replaced by Eli James who he also replaced in Dead By Sunrise, the alternative rock side project of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. Furthermore, this album is the first chapter of the concept album California Noir. The second chapter, Nightlife in Neon, was released on August 5, 2016.
California Noir - Chapter Two: Nightlife in Neon is the fourth studio album by American electronic rock band Julien-K. It is the second chapter of the concept album California Noir. The first chapter, Analog Beaches & Digital Cities, was released in 2015.