DISTURBED Singer Blasts Media’s ‘Continued Perpetuation Of False Level Of Excess And Opulence’ In Rock

daviddraimandisturbedlightvid_638During a March 14 appearance on the SiriusXM satellite radio show “Eddie Trunk Live”, DISTURBED frontman David Draiman spoke about the band’s decision to take a four-year hiatus before returning with last year’s “Immortalized” album. He said: “In today’s environment, it’s fewer and further between those bands who can afford to take that kind of time away, because, whether we like to admit it or not, touring has become our primary source of revenue these days. And a lot of other musicians out there, whether we like to admit it or not, have not necessarily been as wise with their finances. They think that their party’s gonna last forever, and they burn through what they’ve made, and they throw caution to the wind a little bit. And there are quite a few who are smarter than that, and who have done smart things with the money that they’ve made over the course of time, and they budget themselves accordingly, and they don’t blow their entire wad, so to speak, in one session. So it definitely has to be a situation where you have the means, where you’ve been strategic and smart about it to where you haven’t overdrawn yourself, so to speak. I wish everyone had the luxury and the ability to space it out the way that is most conducive to building anticipation and growing your draw instead of having to constantly be road dogs. Sometimes it’s just a matter of survival for [bands].”

Asked if he and his bandmates have been smart about their business affairs from the beginning and invested their money wisely, Draiman said: “We all were. Even after we got our first deal, we all lived in the same house together for that entire first record cycle. While ‘The Sickness’ was blowing up and everything else was going our way, we were still super careful. We took part of our advance money and instead of spending it on a bunch of ridiculous things, we bought an RV so that we could tour semi-comfortably and we didn’t have to start out in a van, being completely exhausted and on top of each other the entire time. I didn’t even buy a new car of any kind; I had my old crappy Ford Explorer that I was driving well into the ‘Believe’ record cycle. So it wasn’t until we were really… we had already shaken the potential sophomore jinx and things were going well that we even started to think about trying to do things that would make ourselves more comfortable. But certainly my education and my background… One of the degrees I have is in business and I was a healthcare administrator that ran a 365-bed skilled nursing facility for years and generated several million dollars a year profit for them. So I have a background in business. Making the right investments along the way, being smart with your money, making sure that you’re putting it in situations where your money is working for you — interest-earning things, portfolio-associated things, real estate… I do a lot of angel investment on the side as well. So it’s important to diversify, it’s important to not only count on this, especially in this day and age, to keep you going. So, yeah, my background definitely has a lot to do with that. But, thankfully, all of us in the band have very good heads on our shoulders and have been shrewd in terms of how we’ve handled our money over the course of time. And thank God we’ve had a level of success that we’re still able to live very comfortably but not crazily outside of our means.”
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