System Of A Down Bassist Reveals Lineup For Shavo Solo Project

October 15, 2023

System of a Down bassist Shavo Odadjian took to his Instagram account to reveal the musicians involved on his upcoming debut solo album.If you follow Shavo on Instagram, this past Friday (October 13), you saw him post the band he put together to record his LP – including vocalist Taylor Barber (Left To Suffer), guitarist Alejandro Aranda and drummer Josh Johnson – and said, “PROJECT SHAVO is officially underway! 16 songs in, recording vocals now. Very happy, very grateful! Meet the team. @taylorsuffers @morgothbeatz @scarypoolparty @joshstillsux”.


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Barber also shared the picture on his Instagram, saying, “I can’t believe I get to say this on the internet rn… but I am the singer of PROJECT SHAVO! I am so excited to show you this music, and this team is so sick to work with and an absolutely pleasure to be around. Life is amazing I am so pumped!!”

Shavo worked with Winds Of Plague guitarist Michael Montoya (a.k.a. MorgothBeatz), a producer / songwriter who has collaborated with Travis Barker, JuiceWrld, Lil Xan, Jonathan Davis, ISSUES and more!

As for when you expect the solo LP, Shavo said, “I’m thinking late this year, early next year. I’m gonna shop it and get a label for this one. I’m not doing it on my own. I think it needs a good push, because it’s what you want to hear from me. It really is. If you know what I’ve done in the past, then you know the songs I had a part in writing. It’s a little of [System Of A Down’s] ‘Toxicity’ all throughout this record — that kind of shit. You wanna bang your head, you wanna run in the pit, you wanna go crazy, but you wanna smile while you’re doing it and not be angry.”

And yes, expect a tour to support the solo LP, “For sure. I’m gonna take this on the road… The SHAVO project is something that I wanna tour with for as long as I can and blow up, because I feel like it’s something that can. And like I said, it’s my DNA — it’s what you’d expect from me.”

System Of A Down has toured here n’ there since their hiatus in 2011, although they’ve only recorded two new songs in 17 years. And that was back in 2020. Will we ever see/hear more SOAD songs? Doubtful.

Do you think Shavo will find the same amount of success he had with S.O.A.D.?


Written by Todd Hancock