Poland's TVP2 conducted an interview with SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian prior to his April 11, 2008 concert in Warsaw. Watch the 10-minute chat below.
Tankian recently told Billboard magazine that he would like to perform concerts online in order to reduce his carbon footprint and help the environment. Tankian explained, "I've had an idea for a long time, which might sound a little crazy, but I really want to look into holographic touring. I think we could reduce our need to travel if we could project ourselves into meetings and concerts. We have the technology, and we're not using it right now." Tankian said he envisions broadcasting a performance in real time from his home studio.
The singer added that the idea would "open up a whole new world for touring shows wouldn't have to be limited to bars or clubs. There would be no travel costs, so bands with very little money could play shows, and tickets would cost less."
Tankian, like RADIOHEAD frontman Thom Yorke, has acknowledged that being in a rock band isn't the most environmentally-friendly profession around, with the high fuel costs and emissions associated with touring and the massive use of plastic in manufacturing CDs.
Tankian told The Pulse of Radio that much of the public today doesn't realize how environmental issues are all interconnected in some way. "We look at environmental atrocities as just happening, like they come from the sky," he said. "I mean, we don't see where this is coming from, we don't see that, wait a minute, we didn't have this many hurricanes 50 years ago, we didn't have this many earthquakes 50 years ago this is a result of something else, this is a result of global warming, this is a result of post-industrial pollution, and everything that we're living today is a part of that."
The singer and his band both pay more to manufacture merchandise in accordance with better labor and environmental practices.
Tankian is also involved in social and political activism through Axis Of Justice, the organization he co-founded with RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE guitarist Tom Morello.