I always get the giggles when Serj starts to do interviews and work on music. Dude's talented. He sat down with KCET recently (PBS! SCORE!) to talk about his music, including some new stuff coming up.More info HERE, but here's an excerpt:
Let's talk about Serj, after System of a Down. What has happened to you after that? You have had a really dynamic output of work. How was taking the road solo?
Musically, it was one of the best things I've done, going solo and doing my own thing. I always say, everyone is first a solo artist then joins a band because if you have nothing to offer a band, you're not going to be in one. Obviously I'm known for being in System of a Down but as a songwriter, I've put out three records, a live CD/DVD.with an orchestra. I've toured with the world with my back up band as well as with 12 or 13 different orchestras around the world. I've written another three or four records that we are releasing between this year and next year, from rock to jazz to electronic to my first symphony, which is called "Orca." My confidence as a composer has really really increased well and beyond what it was in System. In System, I was mainly known as a lyricist, a lead singer, which I got a lot of praise, thankful praise for. But I wasn't able to express myself as a composer as much because there were so many songwriters in the band. So I think that has really taken off for me and I'm very happy about that. So now I'm scoring videos, starting to get attached to film project for scoring which I really want to do, probably more than anything in my life at this point in my life. I got a new record coming out and all that. But I'm also enjoying touring with System. That's the beautiful thing. We're back in each other's lives after six years of hiatus. We toured three continents last year and we've played tighter, better than ever before and had a blast. So I like having it all. I like doing it all. I like performing with System, performing with an orchestra, performing with my band guys, doing a jazz project with Tigran Hamasyan and some of the other friends from the Jazz record I'm doing, called Jazz-Iz-Christ, that's going to definitely piss people off, but that's good. So I feel great, I feel creative.