Disturbed Singer David Draiman on the Importance of Singing to ‘The Hook’


Disturbed singer David Draiman has emphasized the importance of the voice when it comes to creating “the hook”.

Talk with AXS TV Rock&Tell, Draiman explains that when he produces music, unless it’s instrumental, he always starts with the vocals.

“If you’re talking about a vocal-driven song, and that’s how 99% of all music is, it’s vocal-driven,” says Draiman. “So I think any producer, whether it’s me or anybody else, is going to start with vocals.”

“The musical bed has to be powerful, it has to be complex and it has to be artistic. It has to tell a story of its own and have its own color and all those things, but ultimately people remember the hooks.

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“And usually – usually – and don’t get me wrong, there are some cases where there are exceptions, but the voice carries the hook, for the most part.

“In fact, so much so that I would say that most producers will tend to eliminate certain aspects of musicality in cases to accommodate the voice where it’s so loud that things get in the way. And I think if you do not do do that, then you shoot yourself in the foot.

“Don’t get me wrong, it’s like the focal point of the laser; if he doesn’t have the rest of the machine, he doesn’t work and isn’t as powerful; it’s not to become the laser. But when the rest of the machine runs with it, it’ll burn you.

Disturbed’s ‘The Sickness 20th Anniversary Tour’ was scheduled for 2020 but was postponed to March 2021, due to the pandemic.

However, due to even more setbacks from COVID-19, the tour was eventually canceled entirely.

But in brighter news, Draiman said the band plans to record new tracks early 2022.

Watch the full interview at rock and tell below!


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