SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian, who has two new film scores under his belt, was asked in an interview with Russia’s Expert magazine if he finds it hard, as an outstanding singer, to write scores without vocals. “Screw vocals,” he responded. “I’m tired of it.
“During a conversation with a friend yesterday, I came up with an idea: before we started making music, I was mainly known as a poet and vocalist,” he continued. “I wrote poetry every day. It was what I did constantly, what made me release two poetry books. In fact, I came to music from words.
“I wrote so many lyrics that it stopped to be interesting. Not because there is nothing I want to talk or sing about. Sure, there are topics I don’t want to write lyrics to, but at least I can pull out some new emotions out of it.
“Poetry is always something that opens yourself up and supports self-determination,” he added. “I just did it for too long. Now I am more interested in writing instrumental pieces of music.”