Shavarsh "Shavo" Odadjian is an Armenian American songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, music video director/editor, music producer, and artist/painter.
Shavo is best known as the bassist, backing vocalist and occasional songwriter of the Grammy Award-winning rock band System Of A Down (SOAD). His usual style of playing bass is with a pick, although he also has been seen finger picking during certain songs. Shavo is credited with writing noted System of a Down songs, among them "Toxicity", "Sugar," "Jet-Pilot", "Bounce," "Mind," "Dreaming," and "U Fig". He has directed a majority of the band's music videos, and is responsible for stage design and lighting for each of their live performances.
During the SOAD's hiatus from 2006 to 2010, Odadjian collaborated with Wu Tang Clan founder The RZA on a project called Achozen, which contributed a number of songs to the motion picture Babylon A.D. Odadjian is also credited with the musical scoring of the film, alongside with The Rza and Hans Zimmer.