Ontronik Khachaturian

Ontronik "Andy" Khachaturian (born May 4, 1975) is an Armenian-American musician, producer and DJ. He is known for being the original drummer (1994–1997) of metal band System of a Down and founder/lead vocalist (1999–2002) of the alt-progressive rock band Mt. Helium, as well as the member of his band VoKee. He was also the founder/drummer/keyboardist and backing vocalist of KillMatriarch (2010-2012) and currently is working on his solo project, OnTronik.

Ontronik Khachaturian
Also known as"Andy"
Born (1975-05-04) May 4, 1975 (age 45)
Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Musician
  • producer
  • DJ
Years active1994–present
Associated acts


System of a DownEdit

Khachaturian was born to Armenian parents in Los Angeles, United States. He met Daron and Shavo in high school. Khachaturian then met Serj when they decided in 1994 to form the band System of a Down. Together, they recorded a demo titled "Untitled 1995 Demo" and "Demo Tape 1". In 1996, they recorded "Demo Tape 2" and in 1997, recorded "Demo Tape 3" and "Demo Tape 4". In 1997, after spending three years with System of a Down, Andy had to leave the band due to an injury inflicted while practicing Jeet Kune Do and was replaced by John Dolmayan, current drummer of System of a Down.

Mt. Helium, VoKee, KillMatriarch and DJ stageEdit

In 1998, Ontronik with Art Karamian, David Hakopyan and Sammy J. Watson decided to form the band The Apex Theory, bringing to market 2 music albums and 1 EP. Later, they decided to rename the band Mt. Helium. In 2002, Ontronik left the band because of musical differences.[1] After leaving Mt. Helium, Ontronik formed a rock band in 2004 with a group of friends, called VoKee. In 2010, Ontronik co-founded the industrial rock trio KillMatriarch and produced the first EP titled "Order Through Chaos"[2]. In 2012, the band disbanded and currently, Ontronik is working in Los Angeles, California on his OnTronik solo project.[3]


Band Position Start date End date
System of a Down Co-founder/Drums 1994 1997
Mt. Helium Founder/Vocalist 1999 November 2002
VoKee Founder/Guitar and Vocals 2004 -
KillMatriarch Founder/Keyboards/Drums and backing Vocals 2010 2012


System of a DownEdit

  • Untitled 1995 Demo (1995)
  • Demo Tape 1 (1995)
  • Demo Tape 2 (1996)
  • Demo Tape 3 (1997)
  • Demo Tape 4 (1997)

Mt. HeliumEdit

  • Extendemo (EP) (2000)
  • The Apex Theory (EP) (2001)
  • Topsy-Turvy (2002)


  1. ^ "The Apex Theory". Retrieved April 4, 2012.
  2. ^ http://www.l.mediatly.com/cards/view/102582
  3. ^ Trew, Tyler (2014-02-19). "Your EDM Interview & Premiere: Ontronik Divulges More Than Just A Debut Single". Your EDM. Retrieved 2017-06-04.

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