Shavo Odadjian: "After 30-something years, my playing has just become its own thing. I never said I wanted to play like anyone else"

Shavo Odadjian
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Let's face it – the last year has been an incredibly tough time for musicians and the industry at large. Tours were postponed, releases cancelled and plans thwarted. But that still wasn't enough to stop Shavo Odadjian from doing what he loves best...

One of the biggest news stories from last year was the unexpected return of his main group System Of A Down, who reunited for two tracks in light of the recently erupted conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan/Turkey. It had been 15 years since they'd released any new music and the two new offerings – titled Protect the Land and Genocidal Humanoidz – did not disappoint.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).