“Shooting Helicopters”, SYSTEM OF A DOWN frontman Serj Tankian‘s collaboration with Italian electro house institution Benny Benassi, can be streamed using the SoundCloud widget below. The song was released last month via Ultra Music.
>According to a press-release, “what you have with ‘Shooting Helicopters’ is the finished product for an idea that started well over a year ago. Benny always admired Serj‘s vocal prowess and talent but wasn’t sure [Serj would] want to work with an electronic dance music producer. They met for the first time in Los Angeles in mid-2013 and hit it off immediately. They started bouncing ideas backwards and forwards and spent about six months refining the track that has become ‘Shooting Helicopters’.”
Says Benassi: “The idea of bringing Serj‘s vocal style into our musical environment was a real challenge. As soon as I started experimenting with the music under the vocals, I was immediately struck by the atmosphere of the song which is decidedly different from most things you here at the festivals I play at and unlike anything we’ve done so far, ourselves. I started playing embryonic versions out, especially as a set opener and the effect was devastating. We kept working on the music until we were 100% satisfied.
“I’d like to thank Serj for being part of this. Respect.”