Germany’s Music nStuff recently conducted an interview with DISTURBED vocalist David Draiman and guitarist Dan Donegan. You can now watch the chat below.
Asked if he still pays attention to online comments about his band’s new videos, Draiman said: “I don’t read those things anymore. I look at the numbers… I don’t read the comments because the people who comment are the ones who have nothing better to do. The average consumer, the average person, they watch or they don’t; they like or they don’t. The people who will take the time to actually write something and bitch about it aren’t really worth our time…”
He continued: “Look, we still all look at the DISTURBED Facebook pages and we look at comments and we’re encouraged to see… But that’s not what ends up pushing it. What ends up pushing it is our desire to be able to play this, our desire to be able to set people free, our desire to be able to empower people, to be able to take this music, go out and play it, and just give people a reason to forget about the problems with their lives for an hour and a half or two hours. So it’s a much more pure sort of method.”
Draiman also talked about how the ease of distributing, listening and replenishing music has made it all feel somewhat disposable. He said: “However people wanna listen to our music, that’s fine. However people wanna enjoy DISTURBED is up to them. They don’t have to be completely focused and concentrating on it to enjoy it; it can be background. To each, their own. At the end of the day, what we’re about is taking these songs and unleashing them live upon thousands of people. And as long as we’re still able to do that, let them listen on whatever they want. It makes no difference to me.”
DISTURBED landed its fifth No. 1 album in a row on The Billboard 200 chart on August 30, when its sixth studio effort, “Immortalized”, entered the chart in the top spot with first-week sales of 98,000 copies. DISTURBED is only the third group to score five consecutive chart-topping records, joining an elite club in which METALLICA and DAVE MATTHEWS BAND are the only other members.
“Immortalized” is DISTURBED’s first studio set since 2010’s “Asylum”, which opened atop The Billboard 200 with 179,000 copies sold in its first week.
The band’s previous No. 1 debuts include 2008’s “Indestructible”, 2005’s “Ten Thousand Fists” and 2002’s “Believe”.
The only DISTURBED album to miss debuting at the top of the chart was the band’s 2000 debut, “The Sickness”, which peaked at No. 29.