SYSTEM OF A DOWN Singer Explains How SERART Side-Project Came About

February 22, 2003

SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian, who is keeping himself busy with Serjical Strike Records during the band's downtime, recently revealed how side-project with Armenian multi-instrumentalist Arto Tuncboyaciyan called SERART came about.

"I saw him perform at the Armenian Music Awards in Los Angeles a couple of years ago," Tankian said of the pairing. "I spotted him as an artist and not just a musician, which is rare. And he was playing a little Coke bottle filled with water and a tambourine and he was making it sound like a full band. The rhythm he was with the tambourine was like a drum-and-bass-y type of thing, jungle-y type of thing."

Tankian added, "You didn't know where his voice started and the bottle sound ended. It was just perfect mixing of... You're like, 'What is this guy doing?!' I just stood up and I looked at him and I'm like, 'Whoa, that's so creative." And I actually showed the videotape to the guys from SYSTEM — because I really wanted him, that's how we got to know each other better — and then we planned to do something together."

SERART's self-titled debut is slated for release on April 22 via Tankian's Serjical Strike Records.

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