System Of A Down Drummer Still Bummed Band Is Dormant

He’d like to get back to being creative with Serj Tankian et al

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John Dolmayan

System of a Down drummer John Dolmayan is a solid dude. I’ve interviewed him before and can tell you he’s patient, cool, and down to Earth.

In his most recent interviews, all he seems to wanna talk about is the dearth of System of a Down albums.

To Loudwire, he says he’s “not really happy with where the band is right now” because the band’s creative output is nil.

He adds that he and the rest of the System dudes have “a lot of issues, things we just have to work out” before they can begin making a new studio album.

Dolmayan tells the site:

“I feel like this band still has a lot of issues, things we just have to work out. I’m not really happy with where the band is right now. I think that it’s been way too long since we’ve made an album and I’ve kind of had enough of the mentality of ‘that’s okay.’ It’s not okay.”

He added:

“For me, there’s no ego involved. I don’t write songs, so I’m not worried about who’s going to write the song. I’m just ready. You just give me the canvas so I can paint on it, that’s how I look at it. So it’s easier for me, but look, there’s a lot of emotions involved with being an artist; there’s a lot of emotions involved to being a songwriter; and there’s a lot of fear involved with anything that you haven’t done in a long time. To go in together and work together? We’re different people. 2005 was the last time we were in the studio together. That’s what, nine years ago?… We’re turning into the fucking Eagles now. 15 years are gonna go by before we make a new album. For me, it’s irritating. But I do the best I can to understand that there’s a lot to be worked through in order to make something great and if it isn’t fantastic, there’s no reason for us to do it.”

Dolmayan hopes that “with more communication, which we’ve been doing more and more, we’ll be able to … get back to what we’re supposed to be doing, which is making music. It always seems like it’s on the cusp of happening, but there’s also some personal reasons we haven’t started yet. We could have started already, but we chose not to for personal reasons that I’m not at liberty to discuss right now. It’s positive stuff, that’s all I can say at the moment. We could have very easily have been in the studio as you and I are speaking right now, but for something very positive, we couldn’t. Let’s just leave it at that. Let people surmise what that means.”

Recently, John’s been trying to get cash together for a covers album.

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