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Serj Tankian Discusses Touring And New Music

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Serj Tankian says that new music from System of a Down has been stalled because he wants things to be organic and that the situation 'is what it is.'

"It is what it is," he told Forbes. "The new music thing, there's a lot of press going back and forth and I recently made a statement online, on Facebook, explaining the whole hiatus and took responsibility for it."

Tankian went on to say that the creative process has to "be organic" and "feel right in every way. But," he added, "there's no law that says a band should be together for a million years and have a million records. Actually, if you look over the years as a musicologist or a fan of music would, in any way, it's probably regressive thinking."

He added that even though they haven't released new music in what seems like forever, the band is certainly enjoying performing live together once again.

"We really enjoy it," he said. "That's the thing, over all these years, maybe we're better friends because we haven't made a record in 12 years. I think creating the record brings a lot of these intricate personality complex into writing, to the surface. But when we're playing live, we're, like, 'Hey, how have you been? I haven't seen you in a couple of months. How's the family?' And we have fun, we're out there. It's like playing basketball together playing a live show together. There's no brain thing going on; it's just enjoying it and doing it. That's why we have a lot of fun. And we've become better friends because of it. Over the years, touring here and there, a month here, two months, we've become better friends and closer with each other because of it."

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