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I'm a longtime contributor to MTV, Billboard, Alternative Press and MovieWeb. I've worked as on-air reporter, host, writer and producer for MTV, MSNBC and E!. I have provided opinion and commentary to programs on VH1, IFC, G4, Fuse, Current and Oxygen. I have written for Huffington Post, Premiere, OC Weekly, SFGate.com, NextMovie.com, MTV's television and movie blogs and other publications. I am the founder of Superhero Productions, providing broadcast, online and aftermarket content for a number of clients including Lionsgate, Sony and Warner Bros. I personally handle artist management for a handful of bands. "Ryan Downey has established a history of breaking some good scoops in the last few years, and you could certainly do worse than bookmark [him] to check in on." -- Ain't It Cool

Monday, May 28, 2012

AP: Serj Tankian

SYSTEM OF A DOWN are touring this fall (with Deftones as support) and understandably, plenty of people are curious about when the semi-newly reactivated political/genre-bending juggernaut will release new music. Take a look at the schedule of SERJ TANKIAN, though. The well-spoken, energetic and good-natured frontman has no less than four new albums on the docket this year: his third rock-oriented solo album, Harakiri, due July 10 (pre-order it here); a jazz record called Jazz-Iz-Christ; the Fuktronic project with Jimmy Urine from Mindless Self Indulgence; and a symphony, Orca. How could he possibly make new music with System this year? Tankian was kind enough to spend some time with me over Skype, where he spoke candidly about the innumerable hats he wears as an artist, the changing music business (he predicted holograms!) and more.

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