DISTURBED singer David Draiman says that becoming a father less than three year ago has "accentuated everything" in his life, making him "more defensive and more on guard and more frightened and more angry at everything in this world."
Last summer's release of DISTURBED's "Immortalized" album ended the band's nearly four-year hiatus, during which Draiman spent time with his wife, model/wrestler Lena Yada, and their son, Samuel, who was born in September 2013.
Asked how having a young child affected the "Immortalized" creative process, Draiman told Full Metal Jackie, host of the new radio show "Whiplash": "I can't deny the impact of, obviously, becoming a father and having my son come into this world, and even becoming a husband. The irony is that, when people think that in certain ways it softens you, in many ways I'm more defensive and more on guard and more frightened and more angry at everything in this world now that I have them to worry about. But on another level, they open your eyes to things. Tracks on this record like 'Who Taught You How To Hate', coming from watching the innocence of youth and how someone like my son has absolutely no prejudices of any kind and sees everyone as equals, and that it is something that is taught; it isn't something that you're inherently born with. Or penning my first quote-unquote love song on this record, which is 'You're Mine'… These are probably things I would not have done prior to being married and prior to having my son, but I think that they definitely led me down unique and different avenues of creativity, and they're definitely powerful in their own right. You have that much more riding on everything you do, now that you have those that are dependent on you and those whom you love more than yourself. So it accentuates everything, in my opinion."
Draiman, has been outspoken about politics before, also reiterated the fact that having a son has given him plenty more to be angry about when it comes to the state of the world, from the current political climate to the actual climate and the impact of global warming.
"Absolutely. In every sense of the word; no doubt," he told Full Metal Jackie. "You have that much more to protect, you have that much more to lose. So when you realize the type of world that my child needs to survive in — that anyone's child needs to survive in — it's daunting, and it can weigh on you. So it definitely ups the ante considerably."
Although Draiman's son was born healthy, David's then-project DEVICE canceled all its tour dates so that the singer could be close to home after his wife began having complications with the pregnancy.
Back in 2013, Draiman told The Pulse Of Radio how he hoped to raise his son. "Oh, I'm going to raise him on BLACK SABBATH and METALLICA and football and MMA and all things that should matter for a young boy, and discipline and strength and honor and courage and everything that I would hope to instill within my son," he said. "I'm very much looking forward to utilizing the wealth of experiences that I've gone through in my life to help guide him through the darkness. "
"Whiplash" airs every Monday night from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on the Los Angeles radio station 95.5 KLOS. The show can be heard on the KLOS web site at 955klos.com or you can listen in on the KLOS channel on iHeartRadio.
Full Metal Jackie also hosts a nationally syndicated radio program, which can be heard all over the country.
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