DISTURBED’S DRAIMAN Says That ‘Sometimes Confidence Can ‘Become’ Arrogance, and Certainly Be Perceived As That’

David Draiman

Vocalists are always pointed fingers at to be egomaniacs and all sorts of things related. In a conversation with Metal Hammer, Disturbed’s Draiman talked about it. Take a look:

“I think people develop a perception of you. I’m the first guy to admit that in my younger days, instead of speaking softly and carrying a big stick, I ended up doing the opposite of that.

“Which sometimes comes from excitement or youth or… sometimes confidence can ‘become’ arrogance, and certainly be perceived as that. And people have no idea how much self-doubt there is involved with it, and how much questioning you do.”

The singer added:

“I think people want to believe that I’m this egomaniacal prick, and I really do my damndest not to be.

“Anybody who truly knows me and is around me on a regular basis would tell you unabashedly that it’s completely unjustified.

“Especially when you go out of your way to try and extend an olive branch, and you literally get slapped in the face as a result. It’’ betrayal, of sorts.”

During the rest of the interview, David talked about the band’s massively-successful 2015 cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence,” saying:

“I did have major concerns going in. I remember playing the track for a bunch of my colleagues and friends prior to it coming out, very secretively, and really being unsure.

“They were like, ‘Don’t be, this is magic. You’ve got lightning in a bottle here.’ I can come off as pretty confident most of the time, but truth be told, I’m my own severe, horrific critic.

“I can be objective about other people’s music, but when it comes to our own, I’m paranoid as f*.”