April is Armenian Historical past Month in Los Angeles County, and all month lengthy, KTLA is paying tribute to native Armenians who’re making a optimistic affect of their group. Amongst them is SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian, who spoke to KTLA reporter Ellina Abovian concerning the band, his roots, his Armenian heritage and extra. Try the four-minute section beneath.
Two months in the past, Shavo was requested in a brand new interview with KROQ‘s Kevan Kenney what, in his opinion, made SYSTEM OF A DOWN so musically completely different from a few of its friends. He responded: “There was plenty of issues. The music, initially, we simply type of did our personal factor. It wasn’t that the opposite stuff wasn’t good.
“We have been impressed by rather a lot,” he continued. “We hearken to plenty of music. Daron [Malakian, guitar] listens to plenty of music, [as do] Serj [Tankian, vocals] [and] John [Dolmayan, drums]. And I feel it is the best way it is also organized. Daron has a very nice ear and elegance and songwriting means. So even when I introduced riffs in, he simply arranges ’em otherwise. After which Serj‘s vocals — these will not be regular. And John‘s drumming, it’s what it’s. However, yeah, there is a distinction, and we simply type of ran with it. And it is what we will do collectively. Once we begin enjoying, that is what we sound like collectively — these 4 guys.”
SYSTEM OF A DOWN has toured intermittently since ending its hiatus in 2011, however has solely managed to report two songs within the final 16 years, “Defend The Land” and “Genocidal Humanoidz”. Launched in November 2020, the tracks have been motivated by the battle between Artsakh and Azerbaijan, with all proceeds supporting humanitarian efforts in SYSTEM OF A DOWN‘s ancestral homeland of Armenia. Together with different donations from followers on their social pages, they’ve raised over $600,000.
In 2018, Malakian publicly accused Tankian of not desirous to report, with Tankian responding that inventive and monetary points with Malakian led to the stalemate. In a message on Fb, Tankian wrote that Malakian needed to regulate SYSTEM‘s inventive course of, take extra of the publishing cash and be the one bandmember to talk to the press.
In an interview with Guitar World journal, Malakian was requested concerning the possibilities of extra new music from SYSTEM OF A DOWN within the close to future. He responded: “I by no means say by no means, however on the similar time, I am not anticipating to do any extra with SYSTEM OF A DOWN instantly or instantly after [these two songs]. It actually does seem to be our followers like these new songs. That is necessary to me.”
He continued: “We have added two new songs to the SYSTEM catalog which might be on the extent with every little thing else that we have put out and our followers have accepted it that means, which suggests rather a lot to me. That is kinda the place we’re gonna depart it for now. If extra occurs afterward, then we’ll discuss that, however for now I’ll proceed doing what I am doing and everybody else will simply proceed what they’re doing. It is all cool although, I am actually happy with the response we bought.”
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