Watch: System of a Down Really, Truly Hated Doing This Interview

Serj Tankian: Safi-iren, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons / John Dolmayan: Maron.Ibrahim, CC BY-SA 4.0, Wikimedia Commons
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When it comes to recorded interviews, band members are often seen as friendly or at least chill; on the rare occasion though, you’ll sometimes catch a band on a rough day where they’re not in the best of spirits. Back in 2005, while taking part in an interview to promote their albums Mezmerize and Hypnotize, System of a Down was in such a mood and spent their time trolling an interviewer.

Per video footage of this interview, which you can view below, the interviewer is attempting to learn more about the band’s double album release. She asks pretty good questions regarding the creation and release of both albums, but for some reason, the System of a Down members are just not feeling the conversation.

Throughout their conversation, the members give the interviewer quite a hard time. For example, at one point the interviewer asks the band how many songs they made and how they decided what songs would be used for these albums. In response to her question, Daron Malakian goes off on a super random tangent that involves Superman and Batman. Per the System of a Down guitarist (as transcribed by The Pit):

“Superman told me that we needed to make a double type of record. And so I answered and said, ‘Okay, Superman. We will make a double type of record but it won’t be a double album because Batman didn’t want a double album.'”

Serj Tankian then chimes in and goes, “Robin did though.”

The interviewer briefly acknowledges this answer and moves on. Band drummer John Dolmayan then pipes up and asks her “Questions getting any easier for you over there?”

To this, she says “Yeah, this is great.” At another point in the conversation, the interviewer talks about the amount of time that’s passed since the band’s last record and asks if that length of time is why the band is releasing two albums, or if they are releasing two records because of the amount of material they’ve created.

Then randomly, Malakian says “Felatio.”

The interviewer replies, “That’s good stuff.” She then asks what they did during their downtime while making these albums. Tankian responds by saying:

“I walked my dog.”

Then Malakian repeats “Felatio.”

And these are just a few examples of the multiple difficult points the interviewer ends up having to endure during the conversation. Who knows what was going on with the guys that day, but they certainly did not appear to be in the mood to chat. Below you can watch this interview involving Malakian and the band trolling the interviewer.

2005 System of a Down interview