SYSTEM OF A DOWN Guitarist: 'I Could Release Ten Solo Records Tomorrow'

SYSTEM OF A DOWN guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian has elaborated further on his plans for a possible solo project once the band wrap up the touring cycle for the expansive "Mezmerize"/"Hypnotize" set.

"It's definitely not coming out soon, but if I wanted to I could release ten solo records tomorrow," he tells Sweden's Close-Up. "I have tons of material laying around. After these albums ['Mezmerize'/'Hypnotize'] I'm gonna go off and do something on my own, just like Serj [Tankian, vocalist]. And no, SYSTEM OF A DOWN are not breaking up. We're just gonna do like KISS and put out our own solo records or something like that."

On what direction his album will take, Malakian states: "It will probably be something electronic. Not dance music, but something more experimental. When, or even if, the music comes out it will still be structured, just like SYSTEM OF A DOWN's music is."

The success of SYSTEM OF A DOWN has made Daron Malakian a wealthy man. The guitarist is reluctant to talk about how he spends his money, although he admits to driving a Hummer.

"The things that I buy are things that I like, not things that others like and that I wanna show off. I don't throw parties at my house, I don't go to movie premieres with my girlfriend. If I were nominated for a Grammy, would I go? Probably not. I don't wanna be a part of that scene. I don't like to walk on red carpets!"


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