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Amir Davidson (stage-named Amir Derakh) (born June 20, 1963 in Schenectady, New York), is an American musician of Persian ancestry. He is the guitar/synthesizer player for the band Orgy. He was once a guitarist 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.
Orgy was formed in 1996 by vocalist Jay Gordon and guitarist Ryan Shuck. Bassist Paige Haley, guitarist Amir Derakh, and drummer Bobby Hewitt soon completed the line-up. Derakh had previously gained some fame in the 1980s metal band Rough Cutt, and Hewitt was a former member of Electric Love Hogs. Gordon and Derakh were also experienced producer.
Besides Orgy, he has a side band called Julien-K, and made a guest appearance on Crazy Town's The Gift of Game album. Julien-K released a remix of Chester Bennington's solo song "The 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 Chemical Brothers.
Derakh performed backing for Chester Bennington when he performed his 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 and Red Tape.
He is currently the guitarist for the band Dead By Sunrise and Julien-K. Read more about Amir Derakh on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.
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