An Interview with David Draiman of Device - February 28, 2013

By Trystan MacDonald   

Disturbed and David Draiman were a huge factor of my life when I was in high school, so I was thrilled tobe given the opportunity to speak with Draiman recently regarding his new endeavour.

It’s now 17 years since the release of The Sickness; Disturbed is on indefinite hiatus, and David is now the lead singer of his new industrial metal band, Device, a two member band consisting of David Draiman and Geno Lenardo (Former guitarist for Filter).  For Disturbed fans that feel threatened by the existence of a new band taking up David Draiman’s time - don’t worry. David made it very clear on Facebook that Device did not represent the downfall of Disturbed.

“The existence of Device does not in any way shape or form, mean the end of Disturbed. They are two completely separate entities, and I hold them both in the highest regard.”

The new band has already achieved considerable milestones before launching their self-titled album, Device. Device currently has over 63,159 Likes on Facebook (as of March 15) rather impressive given the fact that only one song, Vilify, has been released.  But David Draiman wasn’t too surprised at the loyal support of his fans.

“I think I’ve always been able to count on the fans for support…I’ve never question that for a minute. The truth be told, if the proof wasn’t in the pudding it wouldn’t happen. To a certain extent I have their trust and I cherish that but eventually the music is going to have to live up to the hype…”

Vilify was released to the public as the first single of the device album, February 19th, 2013. The song without a doubt was the single to break the new band to the masses.  Fans of Disturbed would be able to connect with Draiman’s iconic singing, while the instrumentals reflected the stronger industrial tone that Device is trying to accomplish.

“It’s one of the biggest songs on the record it has a stylistic bridge, if you will. I figure Vilify is a perfect song to bridge people from Disturbed into Device. There is the familiarity of my melodic vocal delivery and there is the electronic element which is much more prevalent in Device.”

The music video itself, which can be seen on YouTube, is the polar opposite of your typical Disturbed video better representing Device’s industrial image. When I asked David if he had any creative control over the directing of the music videos, I was given a simple answer.

“Nope. (laughing) I stay away from that completely. Pretty much ever since the “Prayer” video I never really get too involved in that too much. I got burnt pretty hard when MTV decided to ban the video I co-directed. Ever since then I think: ‘That way it’s not my fault, it’s somebody else’s fault. I didn’t write it!’ (laughing) …I’m still involved as an artist but I’m not the guy who comes up with the ideas anymore. For Device, in the future I may do it, but for Disturbed I don’t want to do it.”

The song may appear to have some nuances similar to Disturbed but one thing you’ll notice on the album is the growth of David’s ideas in music. It’s kind of incredible comparing David Draiman now, to the David Draiman recorded on The Sickness album. From writing songs like “The Game,” a very dark and ominous song, to the romantic duet “Close my Eyes forever” with Lzzy Hale (lead singer of Halestorm) on the new Device record. Although, David would disagree on the use of that particular comparison I’ve given.

“Ya…I wouldn’t necessarily utilize the parable* that you looked to for that reason. I appreciate now, recognizing I guess…the more you do something like this the better you get at it, you learn more over the course of time and I’m still learning… All you can ever do is write from your heart. You write from your heart and come up with melodies that somehow resonate with you.”

Whatever David is doing it seems to be resonating extremely well with his Disturbed fans, and people who are completely new to hard rock music. If the intense amount of support on the band’s Facebook page is any indication of success, then the self-titled Device album is sure to do extremely well.

(*Parable: A simple story used to illustrate a moral or spiritual lesson.  It took me awhile to actually find the definition to that word; I kept spelling it Parabol-a hit single off of Tool’s Lateralus.)