Daron Malakian Says System Of A Down “Don’t Necessarily See Eye To Eye With Where [Serj Tankian] Would Wanna Take The Band”

During a recent interview on “Talk Is Jericho,” Daron Malakian discussed System Of A Down’s failed attempts at making a new album once again. According to him, “creative differences” between frontman Serj Tankian and the other members of the group are largely to blame for the lack of output.

Malakian said the following:

“SYSTEM had a certain way of putting together the albums and the music, and I guess that was me writing and all that, and producing the records, along with Rick [Rubin]. And Serj wants to do things a different way. And it’s not just me — it’s kind of three of us that don’t necessarily see eye to eye with where he would wanna take the band. So that’s kind of where we’re at. A lot of people think it’s just between me and him, and that’s not really the case.”

Despite this, Malakian says all the members of the band still get along:

“I don’t hate anybody in my band. A lot of people are, like, ‘Well, creative differences.’ In our case, that’s the truth. It really is a creative-difference type of thing where a few of us wanna take the band and where someone wants to take the band in another way. And it’s a creative-difference thing. When it comes to happy holidays, Easters, birthdays, we’re all still cool, we all consider each other like a family. SYSTEM OF A DOWN is a special thing, and it’s us four. Like I said, in our case, there is none of that, ‘I can’t stand seeing the guy eat a hamburger.'”

Malakian previously made headlines in July 2018 after basically saying Tankian was the one standing in the way of a new album. Tankian then responded with a lengthy statement to offer a more detailed explanation as to why the band haven’t created new music. Shavo Odadjian then chimed in by saying the group aren’t fighting and that they actually “have material that tops everything [they’ve] done.” However, Tankian then shot that down saying nothing has changed since the original public dispute. More recently, Malakian said he doesn’t think the band will make a new record anytime soon.

[via Blabbermouth]

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Daron Malakian On The Possibility Of A New System Of A Down Album: “I Don’t See That Happening Anytime Soon”

Daron Malakian was asked about the possibility of a new System Of A Down album once again during a recent interview with Heavy Consequence. He responded by saying he doesn’t “see that happening anytime soon.”

Malakian said the following when asked if any Scars On Broadway songs were meant for System Of A Down:

“Well, I’m the main writer for System of a Down, so when there’s talk about maybe making an album, a lot of that kind of comes down on my shoulders to produce that album. And so the Dictator album along with a lot of other material that I have — I mean my writing works for System of a Down or Scars on Broadway. They both kind of have my style of writing there. So, I kind of waited to see what was happening with System of a Down, to see if we were going to do an album, we may need some of these songs. So, I just kind of held onto them. So yeah, I thought certain songs on Dictator might’ve worked with System of a Down, and we actually rehearsed the opening track (“Lives”) live with System of a Down once or twice, thinking of releasing that as a System song, but we just never did.”

He then added the following when asked about Shavo Odadjian saying the group “have material that tops everything [they’ve] done“:

“Well, I appreciate Shavo saying that. He’s talking about material that I’ve just kind of been sitting on and trying to figure out, “Am I going to make these System of a Down songs or am I going to make these Scars on Broadway songs?” And System of a Down doesn’t seem like we’re really coming together and making an album. So, I can’t sit on the songs forever, so at some point I’m going to have to make a decision on how I want to release those songs. But there was a point that me, John, and Shavo were rehearsing those songs together but we didn’t really record them together.”

He also had the following to say when asked about the public grievances between him and Serj Tankian:

“Honestly, I don’t think the fans really give a shit why we’re not making an album, but I think a lot of the fans just want an album. Like, for example, I’m a Van Halen fan. When David Lee Roth and Van Halen split up, I didn’t really care why. I was just sad that they split up and I wanted another Van Halen album. I think I just didn’t want to do anything that was going to be a back and forth. I think maybe there might’ve been some backlash. I think Serj might’ve been getting some backlash from fans and felt like he wanted to express himself. Me and him, we’ve talked about it already through email and it’s between me and him. But from my end, I just didn’t want to do a back-and-forth thing. He gave his point of view. I have my own point of view and my own recollections, I guess you could say, of how things went down 10, 15 years ago. But like I said, it’s not something I want to like hash out in front of the fans.

He later added the following about the possibility of a new album eventually coming out:

“There was a time that I was waiting and rooting for it and hoping it happens, but … I’m kinda really happy with what I’m doing with Scars. We all get along as friends in System of a Down. So as friends, everything is cool and I have no problems with anybody. But then as band members, we tend to have different ways of wanting to do things. And it doesn’t seem like we meet eye to eye as band members. So, I never say never because you never know what happens. But at the same time, I don’t see that happening anytime soon that we’re all going to get together and make a new System of a Down album.”

Daron Malakian On The Possibility Of A New System Of A Down Album: “I Never Say Never, But At This Point, It’s Not Likely That It’s Gonna Happen Anytime Soon”

Back in July 2018, Daron Malakian made headlines after he basically said Serj Tankian is the one standing in the way of a new System Of A Down album. Tankian then responded with a lengthy statement to offer a more detailed explanation as to why the band haven’t created new music. More recently, Shavo Odadjian said the group aren’t fighting and that they actually “have material that tops everything [they’ve] done.” However, Tankian then shot that down saying nothing has changed since the public dispute. Now, Malakian was asked about a new album once again during an interview with KROQ and he said “it’s not likely that it’s gonna happen anytime soon.”

Malakian told KROQ that he brought Scars On Broadway back because he has “a lot of material, a lot of music, and [he is] a little bit more clear on where [he is] at with [his] life right now when it comes to releasing [his] songs.” He continued:

“It took a while to figure out what’s going on with SYSTEM and if we’re gonna make a record or not, so I just kind of held on to a lot of music to see what was going on with that. We just couldn’t see eye to eye with certain things on that stuff, so it was just time for me to start putting out my music.”

He added the following when asked if he has any new music suitable for System Of A Down:

“I think my material usually works for both bands, so if SYSTEM decides to make a record at some point, I think I’ll have material for that. But the thing is I’m just not waiting anymore to see what’s going on.”

He also had the following to say when pressed about whether his frustration lies in the fact that his bandmates are not on the same page, or if some of them don’t want to leave their families and do a whole cycle:

“It might be a mix of both. People change. As time goes on, tastes change. And people wanna take the band into different directions, and you have other members of the band that maybe don’t wanna go into those directions. So we just haven’t come to an agreement on how we would wanna do it, if we did make a record. I never say never, but at this point, it’s not likely that it’s gonna happen anytime soon.”

[via Blabbermouth]

System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian Says Nothing Has Really Changed Following Public Grievances With Daron Malakian

Back in July, Daron Malakian made headlines after he basically said Serj Tankian is the one standing in the way of a new System Of A Down album. Tankian then responded with a lengthy statement to offer a more detailed explanation as to why the band haven’t created new music. More recently, Shavo Odadjian said the group aren’t fighting and that they actually “have material that tops everything [they’ve] done.” However, Tankian has now told Rolling Stone that nothing has changed since the public dispute.

Tankian offered insight into what happened following the public grievances:

“We got together to rehearse, said hi and had a conversation and just carried things forward as we’ve always done. We’ve been friends and together for 25 to 30 years. That’s a long time. The difference between business and bands are people know when they’re working within a business, but when they’re in a band, it’s confusing because you’re also very close friends. There are times when you have to say, ‘OK, this is not working on the business end but I love you.’ With bands, you rarely see that happening.

The reason I posted what I did is because I didn’t want any negative security threats against any of us, in terms of, ‘Fuck you. You’re the reason that no System record’s being made.’ For me, it was just saying, ‘Look. I’ve tried. We’ve tried. We just haven’t been able to see eye to eye. It’s not because we’re lazy. We’re still friends. We still tour.’ This is the truth.”

He then added the following when asked if it changed anything:

“No, it didn’t really. I think it released a lot of tension and negativity. Everything became more public and open, and that was that. There were no further discussions.”

He also said the following when asked about his idea to “develop a new concept or theme so that it’s not just a record but a full experience”:

“I just feel like music has been commoditized. If I were to do an orchestral show, I’d also want to do an art show. So it’s using multiple senses, doing experiential events. Music is music: You’re ultimately going to release it and people are going to listen to it, but I thought it would be great if we created some type of event or set of events that stem out thematically from the music that can encapsulate whatever new record or sound we’re propagating. In other news, we’d not just release a record, but do something more grand around it.”

He also talked about the tracks he repurposed from the failed System Of A Down sessions:

“I recently finished mixing a lot of the songs I was hoping we could do with System. I want them to be part of my music film, so I’m waiting for that. I have finished five rock songs. I just did a rock remix yesterday, actually, of one of the revolutionary songs for the Armenian film. It’s a rock song in Armenian, and I did a heavier mix.

But obviously I write in orchestral music, jazz and rock. One reason I like composing for films is because every director wants something different, genre-wise, sound-wise, emotion-wise. It’s fun. I get to make a different-sounding record every time.”

Shavo Odadjian On Possible New System Of A Down Album: “We Have Material That Tops Everything We’ve Done”

Back in July, Daron Malakian made headlines after he essentially said Serj Tankian is the one standing in the way of a new System Of A Down album. Tankian then responded with a lengthy statement to offer a more detailed explanation as to why the band haven’t created new music. Despite this, Shavo Odadjian has now told Consequence Of Sound that the group are not fighting and that they actually “have material that tops everything [they’ve] done.”

Odadjian said the following:

“I think so. I think we can. Nothing between us has happened that’s so terrible that people can’t get in the studio and work. Nothing! Everything is just [a matter of] taste, and they just gotta get in and forget the past, and kind of move forward. And I think that will happen. I’m not worried. I’m not worried at all.

Everything that you heard over the summer, that they kind of brought into public, was stuff that was in the past. That stuff happened a long time ago. So, it’s like, 10 years later, something new came up, but it wasn’t really new. It was something that was really old, and they were just hashing it out. Because one person did an interview, and I guess in the interview they paraphrased his words and it came off wrong. And I read that, too, and it wasn’t like him. He wouldn’t blame anyone.

I spoke with Daron, and he was like, ‘Dude, I didn’t say those things, I said it this way.’ Anyway, that kind of made someone else [Serj] think something, and then that person had to tell their point of view. It was just point of views.

We’re not even fighting. When we see each other, we’re so happy and we’re cool. It’s weird that we don’t have a new record, or many records, and it’s weird that we don’t go on world tours. We tour, but it’s so little.”

He also added the following when asked if he thinks it’s important for bands like System Of A Down to release new music in order to “help bring rock back to the forefront of music”:

“One-hundred percent! Bro, if it was up to me, we would have done that already. I think it kind of started with us singing that ‘Kill Rock N’ Roll‘ song, and then it kind of happened [laughs]. I would love to bring it back. And, can I be honest with you? Between you and me and this world, and to the people who read this interview, we have material that tops everything we’ve done. And that’s me telling you, honestly. I can’t wait to record that and drop it.

It’s just a matter of time. I just hope it happens sooner than later. But we’ve written stuff together. Daron’s brought a lot of stuff in. I’ve brought stuff to Daron and we’ve worked it out. I have so much more stuff that is ready to go out. I’ve told Daron this, too. I’ve said, ‘We’ve gotta get this done,’ and he’s like, ‘Yeah, I’d love to.’ So, we all want to, and I think Serj is kind of doing his own thing, and I get it.

I don’t think we owe it to anyone [to bring back rock music to the forefront], but it would be nice if we did that, because we’re capable of it.”

Watch System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian Perform For His Son’s Preschool Class

System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian has shared footage of him and his son performing an acoustic version of “Toxicity” for his son’s preschool class. You can check that out below:

System Of A Down Reissue All Of Their Albums On Vinyl

System Of A Down have reissued their self-titled album, “Toxicity,“ “Steal This Album!,” “Mezmerize,” and “Hypnotize” on vinyl. You can purchase those HERE.