Draiman singing with Disturbed, April 17, 2009
|Birth name||David Michael Draiman|
March 13, 1973 |
Brooklyn, New York, United States
|Genres||Heavy metal, Nu metal, hard rock, alternative metal, industrial metal|
|Occupations||Singer, music producer|
|Labels||Giant, Reprise, Intoxication|
|Associated acts||Disturbed, Device, Trivium, Megadeth|
David Michael Draiman (born March 13, 1973) is an American songwriter and the lead singer for the hard rock band Disturbed as well as for the band Device. Draiman is known for his distorted voice and percussive singing style. In November 2006, Draiman was voted number 42 on the Hit Parader’s "Top 100 Metal Vocalists of All Time".
In July 2011, Disturbed entered a hiatus. Draiman announced in the following year that he was working on an industrial rock/metal project with Geno Lenardo, formerly of Filter, which was later named Device.
Draiman is quoted as saying, "the first record I ever bought was Kiss’ Destroyer. And those classic bands like Black Sabbath were my first loves...I focused on the seminal metal bands like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Pantera and Queensrÿche."
Draiman continues, "But I could also appreciate the hair metal bands – When you hear Whitesnake, you can’t deny their greatness. Then I went in the direction of punk and new wave, groups like the Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The Misfits and later The Smiths and The Cure – that was my ’80s."
He has many relatives who live in Israel, including his brother Ben Draiman whose musical style is more folk rock and ambient and who performs in Jerusalem, as well as his grandmother. Draiman has expressed dissatisfaction with those rock musicians who collect Nazi memorabilia saying, "I don't give a fuck who you are. If you're going to brandish Nazi symbolism, I'm going to have a problem with you because I don't understand how anybody could think it's OK to wear something on their body that symbolizes the annihilation and genocide of my people. I'm not OK with that and there is no excuse and there is no explanation". Draiman wrote the song "Never Again" (on the album Asylum) "about the Holocaust and the people who deny it, like Ahmadinejad. And part of our live show includes a video presentation depicting him as the new Hitler."
In an interview with Playboy UK, Draiman revealed that he lost his virginity when he was 12 years old. When Draiman was 16 years old, his girlfriend committed suicide. Draiman later wrote a song about the experience, titled "Inside the Fire", which appeared on the 2008 album Indestructible.
Draiman married ex-WWE Diva Lena Yada on September 25, 2011, and as of 2013 Lena was pregnant with their first child, which is a boy. According to Draiman on Device's official Facebook page, on September 12, 2013, at 12:58 AM, David and Lena's son, Samuel Bear Isamu Draiman, was born after 29 hours of labor. Also on Device's Facebook page, David wrote, "Both mother and child are healthy and well. I thank the powers that be for this greatest of gifts." 
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For a more comprehensive list, see Disturbed discography
- The Sickness (2000)
- Believe (2002)
- Ten Thousand Fists (2005)
- Indestructible (2008)
- Asylum (2010)
- The Lost Children (2011)
- "Forsaken" (Written by Jonathan Davis) (2002)
- "Dance in the Rain" (guest vocals for Megadeth) (2013)
- Device (2013)
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