Disturbed’s Draiman reveals weed inspiration

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Disturbed frontman David Draiman says he’s been inspired to write most of the songs in his career while on marijuana.

The singer and his band have returned after a four-year hiatus and will release their sixth album Immortalized on August 21 via Reprise Records.

They issued a lyric video for the title track last week – and Draiman says the song Fire It Up from the new record was written while high.

He tells Revolver: “There was a big fat bowl before that one. 95% of the songs I’ve written in my life, I’ve written them while high. That’s the god’s honest truth.

“I’ll have a very skeletal musical idea in my head, and then I’ll light one up, go in the shower and let the steam kind of build up. It helps me relax, and I can see the gaps. I can see the holes in the rhythm and the melody and I’ll know where I can go, and what the possibilities are. It helps me be able to perceive everything a little bit more clearly.”

He continues: “So I figured, ‘What the hell, let’s write a song about it!’ Danny Donegan had this riff that had a real funky bounce to it and that was so different. So it was, ‘Okay, let’s try this.’”

Immortalized is now available to pre-order from the band’s website.

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