Daron Malakian Of System Of A Down/Scars On Broadway

Daron Malakian Speaks On Scars On Broadway’s Initial Collapse & System Of A Down’s Continued “Creative Differences”


System Of A Down guitarist Daron Malakian recently had a chat with Revolver to discuss the upcoming July 20th release date of the new album “Dictator” from his Scars On Broadway project. The album was originally recorded several years ago and was at one point planned for a fall 2012 release. Scars On Broadway however pretty much disappeared around that time, with the band having largely been inactive since.

Dictator” itself is largely comprised of material originally planned for that 2012 release and during his discussion with the aforementioned publication, Malakian explained why Scars On Broadway came to such a sudden end back then:

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“At that time, System had just stopped, so I felt like I had to start this brand new thing. I’m not sure it was the right time for me to do something new — creatively, emotionally. I was doing it because I felt like I had to start something new. I’m doing it this time because I want to do something. It was just a little soon after System Of A Down had stopped. I should have taken more time.”

He continued:

“…I think that album [the band’s 2008 self-titled debut] is some of the best stuff I’ve ever written. The fact that people are still into it right now almost pays homage to those songs. Those songs are strong. It was more about putting in the time with the press and going out and doing all the things that it takes to support the music that I wasn’t ready for at that point.”

The conversation also shifted to the current status of System Of A Down. When asked if there would ever be another album from the group, Malakian stated:

“I couldn’t say ever, but as of right now, it’s not looking like we’re doing something together soon. I can’t close the book on it and say it’s done forever. We still play live. We’re all still friends. All my band members posted [recent Scars On Broadway single “Lives“] on their own Facebooks and Instagrams, so we’re all very supportive of each other.

It’s more a combination of where each person is at a different point in their life, and each person wants to do a different thing. There are some creative differences as well on what direction each one of us wants to take the next System album, if that ever happens. Which is fine. I’m not sitting here upset or anything.

The only thing I’m a little frustrated with was waiting for that to maybe happen or not happen. Too much time has passed by since I’ve released anything with Scars or System. But it’s never too late.”

Today saw the debut of the title track to “Dictator“, you can check it out right here.

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