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.

System Of A Down’s Daron Malakian Featured In New Episode Of “Ernie Ball: String Theory”

Daron Malakian (System Of A Down, Scars On Broadway) is featured in the new episode of Ernie Ball’s “String Theory” series. The episode sees the guitarist discussing his musical upbringing, his creative process and more. He also performs pieces of music from System Of A Down and Scars On Broadway.

Shavo Odadjian Discusses System Of A Down’s Early Days & His Brand 22Red In New Documentary

Prøhbtd have shared episode one of their four-part “‪Prøfiles‬” documentary series on System Of A Down’s Shavo Odadjian. The clip finds the bassist talking about the band’s early days and his brand 22Red.

Shavo Odadjian Discusses The Lack Of A New System Of A Down Album

During an appearance on KROQ‘s “The Kevin & Bean Show”, Shavo Odadjian talked a bit about System Of A Down’s internal struggles and the lack of new material from the group. He said if it were up to him, the band would have a new album out right now, but “it takes four to tango.” He went on to say that they “still love each other” and that he thinks their issues are “just an artistic thing.”

Odadjian said the following after being asked when the band will release a new album [transcribed by The PRP]:

“If it was my way, it would be now. But it’s not, it takes four to tango… I’m hoping—because like I said, for me, we have so much material. We have material for like the last 10-12 years. We all write. So I personally have a lot, Daron has a lot, I know Serj got a lot, but I don’t know… I don’t know what’s going on.

I’m hoping, I’m wishing, you know? We still love each other. There’s nothing… No one’s done anything wrong. No one’s angry, it’s not like someone’s done something to someone and they can’t take it back. Nothing like that’s occurred. I think it’s just an artistic thing.”

He also added the following when asked about playing with at least one member who has differing views:

“I personally do think about it always and I can’t speak for the rest of the guys, I do think about it. But I don’t hold grudges. I can’t do that. But it’s hurtful because I do want to play and I want to make music and I want to make a record and I didn’t join a band and didn’t get famous to stop playing music.

I want to play more music. But it is what it is and we’re gonna roll through the punches.”

He later continued:

“I can’t force anybody on stage. I can’t force anybody into a studio. I can’t force anyone anywhere. And it won’t be good for us either. Nothing is good for us, everything has to come natural and become what it is.”

He also added the following after one of the hosts jokingly said they should bring in the “performance enhancement coach,” Phil Towle, from Metallica‘s “Some Kind Of Monster” documentary:

“I’ve had that conversation. That would be cool, like maybe someone has to sit in the middle and be like ‘this is what it means.’ And ‘this is what he means.’ But it’s not like someone has done something. There’s no like where he could be ‘oh he did this for that reason.’…”

This news comes after Daron Malakian previously made headlines for basically saying 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.