John Dolmayan, the Armenian-American musician and drummer for System of a Down, was interviewed on “Drinks With Johnny,” a YouTube show and podcast by Avenged Sevenfold’s Johnny Christ.
The band’s last album came out in 2005, and they’ve toured infrequently since 2011, but it seems Dolmayan is not happy at how things are currently being done.
“I’m gonna be honest with you — we played a couple of shows that I was not proud of recently, because we didn’t put in the practice, and we had, like, a skeleton crew. They set up the equipment, they set up the lights, all the production. All this stuff has to be set up so that we can go up and do our jobs, which is to entertain you ultimately. And these guys all have to work when we’re not working.
Avenged does it the right way — they’ll do an album cycle, they’ll do a hundred shows, or whatever it is in that cycle, which means they can employ these people for a year to two years. System does it the complete opposite way and half-assed. We employ people for three to four weeks, which means we get who’s available as opposed to who we wanna work with long term.”
You can watch the whole interview below.