DISTURBED Singer Says DEVICE Album 'Came Together Organically'

ARTISTdirect.com editor-in-chief Rick Florino recently conducted an interview with DISTURBED/DEVICE frontman David Draiman. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

ARTISTdirect.com: What ties the DEVICE album together for you?

Draiman: It all came together organically. There wasn't really a plan. The only thing that we had as a template was "Hunted". It's the song we did for the "Underworld: Awakening" soundtrack, and that's just from a stylistic standpoint. There wasn't a definitive battle plan as far as that's concerned. The fact that it all does seem to work together is just serendipity. [laughs] I didn't construct it as such. It happened to work out that way! Each song takes on its own life, momentum, and direction. It's not always completely in the artist's control, believe it or not.

ARTISTdirect.com: Where did "Haze" come from?

Story continues after advertisement

Draiman: "Haze" is an interesting one. That was one of the last songs we wrote as part of the whole writing session. From a lyrical perspective, it's basically about what our greatest addictions as musicians is. That's playing live. It takes almost a tongue-in-cheek approach at describing it almost treating it as if the experience itself were some kind of intoxicating drug. It's the most intoxicating experience I know of. That's for certain. There's no drug that can hold a candle to it. It's the whole thing. It's the life. It's the stage experience. It's everything you take with the feeling of leaving from the stage, the feeling you get going to it, and the energy you get from the crowd.

ARTISTdirect.com: Did you and M. Shadows [AVENGED SEVENFOLD] discuss that idea?

Draiman: I told him what the song was about ahead of time. I'm not one of those guys who likes to go, "Hey, would you like to guest on my record? By the way, I need you to write something for it!" That seems pimp-y to me. [laughs] I sent Matt the completed song, and I said what I had in mind for him to do. I wanted him to take the second verse and second chorus and for us to finish the song together. He loved it. It was a matter of him finding the time to do it. I think he did it when he tracked "Carry On" for "Call of Duty: Black Ops II".

ARTISTdirect.com: It's immense to have a legend like Geezer Butler [BLACK SABBATH] on "Out of Line".

Draiman: Geezer Butler and Glenn Hughes [DEEP PURPLE, BLACK SABBATH] are both in that categorization, but Geezer especially. I'm blessed. That's all I can say. The fact that these people would even consider working with me and doing a track is an unbelievable honor. I consider myself so privileged and blessed to even know them. To have their mastery, playing, and singing abilities is unbelievable. When you listen to the record, you can feel Geezer's presence in "Out Of Line". The low end and bass line on that song is unlike any other track on the album. That's him. There's nobody who can do what he does the way he does it.

Read the entire interview from ARTISTdirect.com.

"Vilify" video:


Posted in: News


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).