System of a Down/Wu-Tang – Members Join Forces For Potential Side Project
SYSTEM OF A DOWN bassist Shavo Odadjian recently spent some time in the studio with founding WU-TANG CLAN members RZA and GZA working on what may potentially be a new side project. The following is from a MTV.com article on collaboration:
“Odadjian said he first befriended the WU when the two groups teamed up with producer Rick Rubin for a new version of WU’s “Shame,” which opens 2000′s Loud Rocks hip-hop/rock summit LP. Odadjian has kept in touch with the RZA ever since, and they’d often talk about working together again on some future project.
“[Wu-Tang] were in the studio two months ago,” working on their forthcoming, yet-untitled album, “and I got a page from RZA,” Odadjian recalled. “He’s like, ‘We’re in [Los Angeles]. Come down and hang out.’ So I went to the studio around midnight, and we started talking about maybe me doing some bass lines for the record. I had this white, fretless six-string bass I thought would be amazing for hip-hop, and we jammed all night, until like 7 the next morning ? just RZA, GZA and me, going off on weird beats and playing weird time signatures.”
Odadjian’s contributions will be spliced and infused into some of the RZA’s tracks, he said. But more importantly, the jam led to some even loftier ideas.
“We all hit it off, so we’ll be working on a solo project soon,” the bassist said. “GZA’s writing beats and all of the lyrics, RZA’s writing beats and I’ll be playing all the bass and writing most of the music. It’s not written in stone, but we’re talking about it. I want to get [System frontman Serj Tankian] to play drums, maybe sing on some songs. We have a few ideas for songs and it’s going to be really cool. It’s going to be a really crazy album, but it’s not going to be like Wu-Tang or System. It’ll be wherever I’m at in my head and wherever they’re at in their heads.”