Disturbed Frontman David Draiman Reveals the Top Five Times He Needed Asylum
On the surface, it looks like life has been good to Disturbed frontman David Draiman. Even if his band is preparing to go on “indefinite hiatus” at the end of 2011, Disturbed have had an incredible creative and commercial run. The band’s 2000 debut album, The Sickness, is certified quadruple platinum, 2002’s Believe is double platinum, and the band’s remaining three discs are gold. Even 2010’s Asylum sold 500,000 copies, which is no small accomplishment in today’s marketplace of diminished album sales and rampant illegal downloads.
But Draiman says his life has been filled with trauma, frustration, and sadness, and that he has vented his emotional instability through Disturbed’s turbulent melodic metal. His bandmates have even joked with him that it’s a good thing Draiman has experienced so much drama in his life, otherwise Disturbed might not have anything to write about. Since the band’s most recent album is called Asylum, and considering that he and his bandmates are planning to hide away from the public eye for a while after this summer’s Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, Revolver recently asked Draiman to reveal the five times in his life that he’s most needed a place to get away.
“When I popped out of my mother’s womb, right then and there I knew the world was a harsh place.”
“My father was sent to jail when I was 12 years old, and I felt like they were stealing him away from me. It was some blue collar nonsense [involving mail and insurance fraud]. It wasn’t insider trading or anything–my father wasn’t that smart. I wouldn’t give him that much credit.”
“When my ex- fiancée left me, I was completely caught of guard. I felt misled, betrayed, the whole nine yards. She just left. It wasn’t a very easy time. There was no one to come to my aid because I had just moved to Austin, Texas, to an empty house with no girl. It was the darkest time–sort of a self-imposed asylum.”
“I lost my unborn child four or five years ago with my ex. It happened in the middle of the second trimester so we were totally ready to happen and it didn’t last through the term. That was what [the Disturbed song] ‘My Child’ on the record is about.”
“My faithful companion Lisa, [a Japanese Akita] died, and I definitely needed asylum after that. I got her when she was eight weeks old. She died in a little over seven years. She had osteosarcoma, which is a really aggressive form of bone cancer, during the Music is a Weapon run. Within two weeks, it took her. That was pretty terrible. Poor baby.”