SERJ TANKIAN's Collaboration With Dance Music Pioneer BENNY BENASSI Available For Streaming

September 5, 2014

"Shooting Helicopters", SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian's collaboration with Italian electro house institution Benny Benassi, can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. The song was released last month via Ultra Music.

According to a press-release, "what you have with 'Shooting Helicopters' is the finished product for an idea that started well over a year ago. Benny always admired Serj's vocal prowess and talent but wasn't sure [Serj would] want to work with an electronic dance music producer. They met for the first time in Los Angeles in mid-2013 and hit it off immediately. They started bouncing ideas backwards and forwards and spent about six months refining the track that has become 'Shooting Helicopters'."

Says Benassi: "The idea of bringing Serj's vocal style into our musical environment was a real challenge. As soon as I started experimenting with the music under the vocals, I was immediately struck by the atmosphere of the song which is decidedly different from most things you here at the festivals I play at and unlike anything we've done so far, ourselves. I started playing embryonic versions out, especially as a set opener and the effect was devastating. We kept working on the music until we were 100% satisfied.

"I'd like to thank Serj for being part of this. Respect."

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