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System Of A Down’s John Dolmayan Launches Kickstarter Campagin For New Covers Project


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System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan has launched a Kickstarter campaign in which he hopes to raise $55,000 for a covers album and subsequent tour from his These Grey Men project. That project pairs Dolmayan with his long-time friend James Hazley and sees them covering and rearranging tracks from the likes of Radiohead, Outkast, David Bowie and more. An ‘all-star band’ will flesh out the ranks with more details on that to come.

Dolmayan said of that:

“The album will cover a range of songs from artists such as Radiohead and Outkast to David Bowie, and will include an all-star band that we’re in the process of developing now.

For this project, lots of different styles are going to be Incorporated, especially drum-wise. The sound is going to be rock-derivative, and will also include some hip-hop songs explored through the lens of rock. There are no limitations artistically for this project.”

Dolmayan also delved into his inspiration for the project:

“About two years ago, I began to feel somewhat incomplete. I was touring and having a great time with my friends in System Of A Down, but something was missing. After some soul searching, it hit me that I hadn’t given anything new artistically to the world in far too long. Though touring was fantastic, it didn’t fulfill a fundamental need that was growing day by day within me. A need to step into the studio with a blank canvas and share what comes out with fans across the world.

On one of my many trips to visit friends and family in LA, I was scrolling through the 10,000 or so songs in my iPod, and as different songs would come on – for reasons I can’t explain – I would rearrange them and change the melodies around in my head. I began noting the songs that changed the most profoundly, and a list began to form. Over time, it became clear that what I had on my hands could be the project I was yearning for.

Enter Mr. James Hazley, my close friend and co-conspirator since high school, who also happens to posses a wealth of musical talent. A close friend for decades as well as former drummer for critically acclaimed underground band Cockeyed Ghost, James brings to the project his vast knowledge of music, songwriting and producing.

Also feeling a bit dejected musically, James was ready for the challenge I presented him: to take songs and completely re-imagine them, while maintaining their original integrity. We took some risks with these songs. We pushed boundaries. We pushed ourselves. I hope you enjoy listening to this album as much as we enjoy making it for you!”

Head below for a video from the aforementioned duo explaining their campaign goals and what they hope to achieve with the album:

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