Shavo Odadjian

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Shavarsh "Shavo" Odadjian (born April 22, 1974 in Yerevan, Armenia) is an Armenian-American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music video director/editor, music producer, and artist/painter. He is best known as the bassist and occasional songwriter of the Grammy Award-winning rock band, System of a Down. The band was on hiatus from 2006 to 2010[1], and Odadjian had since been working on a plethora of projects, namely Achozen with The RZA, and his virtual online art district/networking site, Ursession.[2]


Early life

Shavo Odadjian was born in Yerevan, Armenia. Odadjian moved to Los Angeles at a very young age. He attended the Alex Pilibos Elementary School in Los Angeles, an Armenian parochial school, along with future bandmates Daron Malakian and Serj Tankian, although they were not acquainted at the time due to a gap in their ages.[3]During his youth, Shavo has stated that he spent most of his time skateboarding and listening to punk rock and heavy metal music. Among others, he credits Dead Kennedys, KISS, Slayer, The Beatles, and Black Sabbath as his favorite bands, and the most substantial influence on his musical development and career.[4]

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