WCCC‘s Jay Raven conducted an interview with DISTURBED singer David Draiman on July 24 at the Hartford, Connecticut stop of the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. You can now watch the chat below.
When asked about whether personal issues between the members of DISTURBED contributed to the band’s decision to take a break once it completes its South American tour in August, Draiman said, “As far as things between the bandmembers are concerned, I really can’t touch on it. Because there are certain things that simply have to be kept sacred and certain things that just really need to stay within family. It’s kind of like airing out dirty laundry; we’ve never been a fan of doing that.”
Draiman told Billboard.com in a separate interview that DISTURBED‘s decision to go on an indefinite hiatus was “not [made as a result of] any animosity [between the bandmembers] — I want to make that very clear. In fact, we just had dinner together last night. Believe me, it’s not like we can’t work with each other anymore or we don’t get along. This isn’t a bad blood thing, and I don’t ever want people to get that impression of it. . . [We have just decided to] go away for… an indefinite period of time,” adding that “it’s just the right time to step away for awhile.”
Regarding why DISTURBED has chosen to go on an indefinite hiatus after five studio albums — four of which have debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 — and worldwide sales of more than 13 million, Draiman told Billboard.com, “Many of those reasons are personal reasons, and many of those reasons have to do with the state of the music industry in general and the demise of hard rock and metal right now. The industry is still in a state of reformation; it is on the verge of collapse, in my opinion. It’s a frightening time, and I think after 10 to 12 years straight of touring it’s just a good time for DISTURBED to go away for awhile and wait for the Phoenix to rise from the ashes.”
DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan addressed the rumors about the band possibly breaking up in an interview on Wednesday (July 27) with Dallas radio station KEGL-FM. The guitarist said, “Ever since the start of this band, we’ve always had a game plan of what comes next after each thing. So it’s always been ‘write, record, tour, let’s go home for a month, let’s start writing again, do the same thing all over again.’ So it’s always been laying out future plans. This time around, we just haven’t really gotten to those discussions yet. We know that we’re coming to the end of this touring cycle and we just haven’t planned on what we wanna do next.”
Donegan would not say that the band was going to stay together, adding, “I really don’t know [if DISTURBED is breaking up]. I don’t have a clear answer because I’m not sure where everybody’s head’s at at the moment other than we’re having a great time out on tour, we’re going out big, we’re carrying big production, we wanna end this on a big note. I think we’re not ready to sit down and have the discussions of when we wanna get back together or if we’re gonna. So we’re kind of winging it.”