Shavo Odadjian

Shavarsh (Shavo) Odadjian
Odadjian live in concert
Background information
Birth nameShavarsh Odadjian
Also known as
  • DJ Tactic (1998–present)
  • DJ DecompozeR (2009–present)
Born (1974-04-22) April 22, 1974 (age 45)
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union
OriginLos Angeles, California, United States
Years active1992–present
Associated acts

Shavarsh "Shavo" Odadjian (Armenian: Շավարշ "Շավո" Օդաջյան; born April 22, 1974) is an Armenian-American musician, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music video director, and painter. He is best known as the bassist, backing vocalist and occasional songwriter of the Grammy Award-winning metal band System of a Down. During the band's hiatus from 2006 to 2010, Odadjian collaborated with Wu-Tang Clan founder RZA on a project called AcHoZeN, which contributed a number of songs to the motion picture Babylon A.D. A compilation album was released in 2015. Odadjian is also credited with the musical scoring of the film, alongside The Rza and Hans Zimmer. He originally used Gibson Thunderbird basses, a Fender Jazz Bass, an Ibanez BTB bass guitar, and a Music Man StingRay, but has since moved on to Warwick basses.

Early life

Odadjian was born in Yerevan, Armenian SSR, USSR. He moved to Los Angeles at a very young age, and 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.[1] During his youth, Odadjian 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.[2]

Other Languages
aragonés: Shavo Odadjian
башҡортса: Одаджян Шаво
беларуская: Шаво Ададжан
български: Шаво Одаджян
čeština: Shavo Odadjian
español: Shavo Odadjian
føroyskt: Shavo Odadjian
français: Shavo Odadjian
հայերեն: Շավո Օդաջյան
Արեւմտահայերէն: Շաւօ Օտաճեան
hrvatski: Shavo Odadjian
Bahasa Indonesia: Shavo Odadjian
íslenska: Shavo Odadjian
italiano: Shavo Odadjian
lietuvių: Shavo Odadjian
македонски: Шаво Одаџјан
Bahasa Melayu: Shavo Odadjian
Nederlands: Shavo Odadjian
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Shavo Odadjian
português: Shavo Odadjian
русский: Одаджян, Шаво
Simple English: Shavo Odadjian
slovenčina: Shavo Odadjian
српски / srpski: Шаво Одаџијан
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Šavo Odadžijan
Türkçe: Shavo Odadjian
українська: Шаво Одадж'ян