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Ben Draiman — younger brother of David Draiman of the famed rock group DISTURBED — has just released a new single, "Soon Enough". A video for the track, which will appear on Ben's upcoming album
, can be seen below.
Ben described his music to the Jewish Telegraph as "piano-based ballads, chilled and down-to-earth. It is also kind of melancholy." He added, "I find it relaxing and I do realize it is the opposite of what David does."
Ben said his family was extremely proud of David, who has become a global superstar, selling out arenas with DISTURBED.
But Ben prefers the quieter surroundings of Jerusalem, Israel's nightlife, regularly playing gigs in the city's bars and clubs.
Ben, 34, said: “I wouldn't want to do what David does.
"I enjoy performing, but my music is emotionally intense and I couldn't do that night after night. It would be very hard."
Ben started playing the piano and composing music when he was 13, playing in a succession of bands.
Following in the footsteps of David, who spent a year at the Neveh Zion Yeshiva, Jerusalem, he headed to Israel to study at a yeshiva in Gush Etzion.
And, although it was not his intention to emigrate to Israel, Ben has been there for 16 years. He added: "I felt so at home in Israel — it just felt right."
Ben works as a clinical social worker in a psychiatric hospital in Kfar Shaul, Jerusalem.
"My music is more of a passion and hobby," he explained.
Ben, who speaks to David on a regular basis, said he was proud of his brother's comments about rock musicians who collect Nazi memorabilia.
In a 2010 interview with Revolver magazine, David was asked about artists such as MOTÖRHEAD frontman Lemmy Kilmister and SLAYER guitarist Jeff Hanneman who collect Nazi artifacts. "That's super-duper taboo and offensive to me," David said. "I don't understand the fascination. It's the most provocative imagery that you can brandish, and that's why people utilize it. And if that's their goal, I guess they're achieving it."
When told that Kilmister, who has been known to wear Iron Crosses and hats from the German air force, defends himself by saying he's just collecting artifacts of war history, David replied, "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."
Ben commented: "Despite the fact that David isn't observant, he is proud of who he is. By saying what he has, he is making a kiddush Hashem.
"These musicians shouldn't be glorifying the Nazis.
"It is a sensitive subject, but I absolutely support everything he said."
I don't think there's an album by Ben "upcoming" quite yet. It'd sure be nice to know if there will be one, but Ben does things at his own pace.