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Serj Tankian: New ways

Posted by Fredsvenn on September 6, 2014

Serj Tankian has teamed up with dance producer Benny Benassi on a new track which is now available to stream. The System Of A Down frontman lends his vocal skills to the song Shooting Helicopters, which came about when the two met in 2013 and agreed to work together.

Benassi says he is a long-time admirer of Tankian’s vocal prowess and adds that the pair spent six months refining the track.

Benassi adds: “The idea of bringing Serj’s vocal style into our musical environment was a real challenge. As soon as I started experimenting with the music under the vocals, I was immediately struck by the atmosphere of the song which is decidedly different from most things you here at the festivals I play at and unlike anything we’ve done so far, ourselves.

“I started playing embryonic versions out, especially as a set opener and the effect was devastating. We kept working on the music until we were 100% satisfied. I’d like to thank Serj for being part of this. Respect.”

Tankian is also lined up to appear on another dance track. He is among a number of rock stars set to guest on the next album by top DJ Avicii. He is joining Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Einzinger of Incubus on the record, according to Pulse Of Radio.

Einziger also worked on Avicii’s last album and tells DancingAstronaut: “We spoke for a few hours and made a plan to write songs together and the very first thing that happened when we worked together is we wrote Wake Me Up. That was our first attempt at writing music together, which is crazy looking back at it.

“He’s someone who’s very opinionated and knows what they like and don’t like, and that’s really important, a good thing right off the bat. We wrote a few new songs together. We did one together with Billie Joe of Green Day. That one’s really exciting.”

Rolling Stone reports that Avicii has also recorded with Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Jon Bon Jovi for the new project.

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