Shavo Odadjian – Wikipedia

American musician

ShavarshShavoOdadjian ( armenian : Շավարշ “ Շավո ” Օդաջյան ; born April 22, 1974 ) is an Armenian-American musician and songwriter. He is well known as the bassist, backing singer, and casual songwriter of heavy metal band System of a Down, he besides plays bass in Trap group North Kingsley. During the set ‘s foramen from 2006 to 2010, Odadjian collaborated with Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA on a project called AcHoZeN, which contributed a numeral of songs to the motion picture Babylon A.D. A compilation album was released in 2015. Odadjian is besides credited with the musical score of the film, alongside The Rza and Hans Zimmer .

early life [edit ]

Odadjian was born in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union. He moved to Los Angeles at the age of five [ 2 ] and attended the Alex Pilibos Elementary School, an armenian insular educate, along with future bandmates Daron Malakian and Serj Tankian ; although they were not acquainted at the time due to a gap in their ages. [ 3 ] During his youth, Odadjian has stated that he spent most of his time skateboarding and listening to punk rock and heavy metallic music. Among others, he credits dead Kennedys, Slayer, Black Sabbath and Metallica as his favored bands, and the most significant influence on his musical exploitation and career. [ 4 ]

Recording career [edit ]

System of a Down [edit ]

Odadjian ( left ) with Serj Tankian at a 2013 system of a Down show in Paris While attending college ( majoring in Psychology and minoring in Art ) and working in a bank, Odadjian began managing Soil – the band Daron Malakian and Serj Tankian were a part of in 1993. Odadjian had met them in a record studio, where he was rehearsing. [ 2 ] The two members called upon him for aid, and he became director of the band. Odadjian says in an early consultation that securing System ‘s first local anesthetic gig was a contend :

“ I was managing the ring and we had no demonstration [ tape ], we had no money, but we wanted to play a show. I was working at the bank and between electrify transfers, I would be calling the Roxy. ‘Hey, can you give us a show, homo ? Eddie, give us a picture. ‘ He ‘d say, ‘I need a demonstration tape, I ca n’t just give you a picture. ‘ In five minutes, I ‘d call again. One day the Roxy good blew up and said, ‘Fine ! Go sell 75 tickets. ‘ We sold 150. ” [ 5 ]

Odadjian ‘s touch beard In 1995, Odadjian became the band ‘s permanent bassist. They named themselves System of a Down, after a poem written by bandmate Daron Malakian entitled “ Victims of a Down. ” Odadjian was not cutting on being labeled “ Victims, ” and thought that the discussion “ System ” appealed to a much broader hearing. The band has stated that they besides wanted their CDs to be placed in stores alongside their favorite isthmus, Slayer. It was at this time that Odadjian passed on his original managerial responsibilities to Velvet Hammer Music. Their first release was titled “ Sugar. ” soon after, drummer Andy Khachaturian joined the band but was replaced in 1997 by current drummer John Dolmayan due to a hand injury. [ 6 ] Odadjian plays bass in System of a Down, and besides sings live back vocals. His usual manner of playing bass is with a pick, although he besides has been seen fingerpicking during certain songs. Odadjian is credited with writing note System of a Down songs, among them “ Toxicity “, “ Sugar “, “ jet pilot program ”, “ bounce, ” “ Mind, ” “ Dreaming, ” and “ U-Fig. ” He has directed a majority of the band ‘s music video recording, and is responsible for stage design and unhorse for each of their live performances. [ 7 ] physically Odadjian catches the eye through his notoriously scaling, braided beard, and spiked sleeve watchband. Particularly Odadjian ‘s beard quickly became a partially of his touch look. Commenting on System of a Down ‘s reputation for barbed, socially and politically charged lyrics, Odadjian has rejected the label of System of a Down as a “ political band ” in interviews. [ 8 ] He has stated :

“ We ‘re not a political band. [ … ] We ‘re a life band. In the earth we live today, politics plays a major role in every one of our lives therefore of path, we ‘re going to speak about politics but we besides speak about sexual activity, drugs, laughing, crying and sadness and death and life, including politics … If you write a song about New Orleans because help did n’t come to them from their own state for four days, you ‘re going to speak about that. That ‘s something strong. That ‘s huge, that ‘s boastfully, that ‘s happening now. But that does n’t make us a political band. That makes us a band that raises awareness about certain issues. ” [ 9 ]

The band was on hiatus between 2006 and 2010, with group members focusing on outside projects. On November 23, 2010, System released an official affirmation declaring that they would play a number of european festivals in 2011, and they played a number of shows in westerly North America arsenic good .

Reuniting for recent performances [edit ]

On October 31, 2009, Odadjian hosted the event “ Halloween ” at The Roxy, in which he and chap System band mates Daron Malakian and John Dolmayan reunited to jam on stage and perform assorted songs together, including System of a Down ‘s “ Suite-Pee. ” [ 10 ] The System of a Down trio besides came together on November 20, 2009 and performed System songs together for a benefit honoring coma-stricken Chi Cheng of The Deftones, with Chino Moreno of Deftones singing on conduct vocals. [ 11 ]

AcHoZeN [edit ]

Odadjian started a side project in May 2006 named AcHoZeN. AcHoZeN is the musical alliance between Odadjian, Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA, Kinetic 9 ( aka : Beretta 9 from Killarmy ), and up-and-comer, the Reverend William Burke from Chicago. Achozen ‘s mantra is :

“ many shall come, merely a few shall be Achozen. ”

The four principal members feel that their alone fathom is not only spiritual in nature, but a new genre of “ heavy hep hop, ” not “ rap-metal. ” There are no heavy guitars on the album, but the sound is genre-blending. Most of the Achozen album was recorded at one of Odadjian ‘s two studios and were besides produced by him. The majority of the beats were created by Odadjian ( only one or two samples were used on the entire record ) who besides played bouncy instruments throughout, including bass and sitar. RZA, who contributed his contribution of beats, Kinetic 9 and the Reverend William Burke sing a majority of the vocals and lyrics, which are, according to Odadjian, “ some of the most innovative, poetic and righteous words and vocals that I ‘ve ever heard. ” Odadjian ‘s vocals can besides be heard on the AcHoZeN tracks “ Deuces, ” “Salute/Sacrifice,” and other songs on the album. [ 12 ]
Shavo and The Rza performing alive music from Achozen Achozen ‘s debut features an eclectic array of guest performers that includes Funk-master George Clinton, Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘ guitarist John Frusciante, Wu-Tang consort Killah Priest, Wu-Tang founding member GZA, emcee Sick Jacken from Psycho Realm, and Angolan rapper Leggezin Fin. The music of Achozen is described by one writer as a cosmic experience in rap :

AcHoZeN is space hip hop, rap without a seashore or even a planet. alternatively, each song revolves around a solar system of palpate. The album explores and exorcises a spectrum of emotions, as each traverse delves into either pain, ecstasy, hate or hope. Utilizing sitar and violin, Shavo breaks the cast, playing live instruments across the album, as he constructs beats with a cosmic fluidity. [ 13 ]

Odadjian has described AcHoZeN as “ a musical revolution. It is not fair a set, it ‘s a direction of intelligent. ” RZA and Odadjian anticipate approaching tours. Achozen besides appears on the major apparent motion picture, Babylon A.D., on which AcHoZeN song “ Deuces ” is heard blaring at the insertion of the film. [ 14 ] AcHoZeN ‘s first be usher was at the Key Club in L.A on December 1, 2006. [ 15 ] On Friday, November 13, 2009 the second gear AcHoZeN chase “Salute/Sacrifice” was released entirely as a free download on Odadjian ‘s on-line artwork zone and network locate, from the approaching AcHoZeN debut album. The AcHoZeN album was anticipated to be released in mid-2010, but has yet to be released, due in separate to Odadjian ‘s commitments to System of a Down. [ 16 ] In 2015, the album was released as a compilation of 8 songs based on a boombox digital format. potentially, more songs are to come as it has been stated that many more are mix and recorded .

North Kingsley [edit ]

Formed in 2019, Odadjian joined Ray Hawthorne and Saro Paparian ‘s stick out as executive manufacturer. After a few months, he joined as a member of the band and subsequently renamed the group North Kingsley. [ 17 ] Shavo spoke with Wall of Sound about the band ‘s diagnose origin revealing it came from the first street he lived on when he first moved to Los Angeles from Armenia back in 1979. [ 18 ] lineup : Shavarsh Odadjian Ray Hawthorne Saro Paparian

In 2020, Odadjian launched his new band, North Kingsley, featuring Saro Paparian and Ray Hawthorne. They released their debut single “ Like That ” on August 6th. [ 19 ] [ 20 ] On Friday, December 4, 2020 the ring released their second EP titled Vol.2.

urSESSION [edit ]

In early 2008, Odadjian founded urSESSION, a virtual on-line art zone and network locate aimed at uniting artists of all genres and styles around the universe. The web site is besides founded by Odadjian ‘s long-time supporter and entertainment lawyer, Narb Avedissian. Power 106 ‘s World Famous Wake-Up Show Sway & King Tech ( besides MTV resident veejay ) are partners in the site, providing exclusive archived, never-before-seen footage of Eminem, Dr. Dre, and other outstanding rappers when they first base began in the industry. [ 21 ] In early 2008, urSESSION announced The 100K Battle, a contest for the on-line residential district in which the artist with the most votes by the community won a round-trip ticket to Los Angeles to perform on Power 106 ‘s The World-Famous Wake-Up Show, along with other prizes. [ 22 ]

DJing and early projects [edit ]

In addition, Odadjian is a popular DJ in the LA area, taking separate in such events as the “ Rock/DJ Explosion ” on March 2, 2001 at The Roxy in Hollywood, CA and collaborating with System of a Down bandmate Serj Tankian on Serart, the singer ‘s collaboration album with multitalented armenian musician Arto Tunçboyacıyan. Odadjian goes by the diagnose DJ Tactics, and spins a broad spectrum of music spanning hip-hop, tech-house, classical rock candy, and metal. recently [ when? ], Odadjian has appeared play as character of the backing ring of George Clinton ( of Parliament / Funkadelic ). In September 2008 he appeared ( playing guitar alternatively of bass ) in a exist performance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno with Clinton. Odadjian besides appears on Clinton ‘s 2008 album George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love, which features many guest musicians, including Odadjian ‘s Achozen bandmate RZA, Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, and Carlos Santana .
Odadjian spinning a set at a club in Hollywood, California Odadjian was executive producer for Abloom, a english project of members of Onesidezero, Snot, and Soulfly. Odadjian is presently mentoring the band Chameleon Conductor record their debut album. Odadjian ‘s younger buddy Dave Odadjian plays bass in the band, alongside his cousin Harry Markarian, who plays the guitar. [ 23 ]

DecompoZeR [edit ]

In September 2009, it was announced that Odadjian will be performing live as DecompoZeR in Europe in October. He will be accompanying Rza. DecompoZeR is Odadjian ‘s producer alias. He announced that completed tracks are anticipated to be released in 2010 [ needs update ], including a brand-new GraveDiggaz track featuring Frukwan aka : The Gatekeeper. other collaborations include 60 second Assassin, Killah Priest, and others. [ 16 ]

other oeuvre [edit ]

Directing and editing [edit ]

Stating himself to be a “ very ocular person ”, Odadjian has directed and edited across-the-board music television for System of a Down, including “ Aerials “ and “ Toxicity “. The video concept for “ question ! “ states came from one of his dream. [ 24 ] Odadjian ‘s aim vogue implements phantasmagoric atmospheric themes and integrates innovative methods in film, inspired by Rod Serling ( Twilight Zone ). [ 25 ] Odadjian ‘s Serling-esque style is apparent in System of a Down music television “ Aerials, ” “ Question, ” and Taproot ‘s television -also directed by Odadjian – “ Mine. ” On May 15, 2007, it was revealed that Odadjian would be directing the first video from Bad Brains ‘s album Build a Nation. [ 26 ] Odadjian makes an appearance at the end of the concert television with frontman H.R. The two are seen charismatically walk stage english, conversing and smoking together. Odadjian besides directed the television receiver spot and launch preview for the 2015 video game Mortal Kombat X, which features his band ‘s touch birdcall “ Chop Suey ! “ .

Scoring films [edit ]

In 2007–2008, Odadjian and Rza teamed up with Hans Zimmer in scoring major motion-picture, summer blockbuster movie Babylon A.D., starring Vin Diesel. [ 27 ] Along with the song “ Deuces ”, Odadjian is credited with writing the songs “ A Single Moment ”, “ Foreshadow ”, “ Blade Runner 0.8. “, “ Rollin DissgEyes ”, “ Build Your Enemies ”, “ Digital Slaps ”, and “ Immaculate ” for the score of the film. [ 28 ]

Acting [edit ]

Odadjian ‘s interest in the arts began at an early age, as he first appeared in the 1993 “ Big Gun “ video by AC/DC, standing aboard Arnold Schwarzenegger in the crowd sporting a backwards baseball ceiling and a white jersey, while Schwarzenegger catches a stick of dynamite. In an consultation with Loudwire, he noted that him being prominently featured adjacent to Schwarzenegger was unintentional, as the injection they used had the lights hit him more than any other extras in the crowd. He besides made a cameo as Hansel ‘s Posse penis in the film Zoolander. In 2006, Odadjian starred in the critically acclaimed film “ Screamers “, a documentary by internationally known director Carla Garapedian. The film follows Odadjian and the rest of the rock band System of a Down as they tour Europe and the US, pointing out the horrors of modern genocide that began in Armenia in 1915 up through Darfur nowadays. [ 29 ]

Painting and artwork [edit ]

One of Odadjian ‘s 26 abstract paintings that hung as a backdrop for Ozzfest 2006 Odadjian is an avid and passionate painter outside of music. His artwork has been featured in many System of a Down music video and live shows – including an pilfer piece highlighted in the “ Hypnotize “ video. [ 30 ] Odadjian ‘s paint stylus is abstract with loud, bright colors that bleed into each other. During Ozzfest of 2006, Odadjian created a 27-piece, abstract mosaic of paintings that was utilized as the stage backdrop for System ‘s headlining Ozzfest performance. ( Stage design in System of a Down performances is besides attributed to Odadjian ). One critic wrote of the Ozzfest performance :

“ Where most of the early bands on the poster stuck to the traditional metallic imagination of skulls, blood and gore to enhance their stages, System went the other way, offering a series of abstract paintings that swished across an enormous video screen door. ” [ 31 ]

Each of Odadjian ‘s paintings for the 2006 Ozzfest performance were hand-picked by Odadjian himself. Odadjian states that, in pairing each of his pieces/backdrops to songs, he aimed to coordinate each alone emotion of a specific song to the matching vibration of his paintings. [ 32 ] [ 33 ]

Philanthropy and activism [edit ]

Odadjian accepting GenNext ‘s “ Community Hero Award ” Odadjian is a human rights militant known to take on an avid role in protesting against homo atrocities, including, but not limited to, the recognition and prevention of global genocide. [ 34 ] He besides actively participates in youth mentor, and frequents charitable events that work to further research for cancer-stricken children. [ 35 ] On February 27, 2009, Odadjian was presented with AGBU ‘s GenNEXT “Community Hero Award, ” an award paying tribute to his outstanding work as a function exemplary for young Armenian-Americans. Odadjian was nominated for the prize by young kids in the community. During his acceptance actor’s line, Odadjian highlighted the importance of being active agent in your local community : [ 36 ]

“ If anyone has a voice in today ‘s company, they should use that voice righteously and benevolently. ” [ 37 ]

Odadjian late discussed the personal value of his nominating speech by the kids of the community for the prize :

“ It was better than winning the Grammy. The Grammy is equitable diligence ; it ‘s corporate. This is from the kids. This shows you that a difference happened. The best thing in the worldly concern is when you can get person to notice a remainder. It was an amazing feeling. I know where it came from. The kids nominated me, and it was the best. ” [ 38 ]

discography [edit ]

Other appearances

musical equipment [edit ]

  • Warwick Streamer Stage I 4 – Current main bass
  • Warwick Streamer $$4
  • Gibson Thunderbird – Signature bass prototype (shelved, no longer with Gibson)
  • Gibson Thunderbird IV
  • Music Man StingRay
  • Ibanez BTB-405
  • Dean Cadillac Bass[41][42]
  • Tech 21 SansAmp bass pedal
  • Ashdown ABM900 Evo II heads – x4
  • Ashdown 8×10″ Cabinets – x4

Awards [edit ]

References [edit ]

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