David: It’s all good.
Shoutweb: Do you sleep with that in?
David: Sure. I eat with that in. I play with it in. I sing with it in. I fuck with it in. I do everything with it in.
Shoutweb: I love the outfit too. It’s very... Houdini.
David: Thank you. I got it when we did a photo shoot for Hot Topics. It was one of the things I modeled and I told them I liked it so they let me take it with me. It’s one of the nice parts of doing these gigs.
Shoutweb: Now, you were born here in New York, were you not?
David: I was born in Brooklyn – in Flatbush actually.
Shoutweb: When did you leave New York?
David: Three years old or something like that.
Shoutweb: But you don’t have a Chicago accent..
David: I have a mixture of accents. I didn’t spend all of my time in Chicago. I kind of grew up all over the place. It’s a bastard accent.
Shoutweb: So tell me a little about the background of the band for those people that are new to Disturbed. I know you have a web site at [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
that people can visit to get more info on the band.
David: The other three guys in the band had been playing together prior to my joining them. They put out an ad in the Illinois Entertainer, which is a music publication in the Chicago area. They were looking for a singer. They fluffed it up a little bit saying that they were signed to an indie label, free recording, free this and free that, label interest, and all other kinds of garbage. Some of it was true and some of it was not but it got me to go out there. I showed up and I was a little intimidated because I hadn’t sung to anything that was that aggressive. I was kind of curious as to whether I could adapt my vocal style. The first day I just broke into something and I was just sort of winging it – improvisation. I was definitely feeling something. A friend of mine came with me who unfortunately is not with us anymore. He convinced me to go back and give it another shot and I did. Everyone in the band is very talented and I am very glad to be working with them.
Shoutweb: When you say that your friend is no longer with us...
David: I mean dead.
Shoutweb: Is this Jordan?
Shoutweb: Tell me about that. I see that he is mentioned in the liner notes in the thank yous. Is it uncomfortable for you to talk about?
David: It’s alright. It’s okay. It’s not comfortable. But what in life is.
Shoutweb: My Dad just died last month so I understand if you don’t want to talk about it.
David: He was one of the people in my life. He was an ex-roommate of mine who kind of got me into real music. I come from a big punk and new wave background. I didn’t have a whole lot of dealings with heavy music. I listened to some Metallica. I listened to stuff like that. I think the first real new heavy thing he ended up playing for me was Korn’s first album when he first got it. It took me a while to warm up to it but then I was like "yeah, this is kinda cool". He went with me to the audition because I wanted somebody to come with me who understood the genre and knew what it was about. After the whole audition I went back home and I was like "Oh, I don’t know if I can do this." The singer that they had beforehand was kind of a Phil Anselmo kind of a singer – a lot of real aggressive screaming type of vocals. I was hurting myself and I didn’t know if I could do it. He was like, "Oh, what I heard of you today with the four of you combined is so great that if you do it you will definitely get signed. I can recognize it." He kind of pushed me and I’m glad that he did. Unfortunately, he was not a well person. He had a tracheostomy and heart problems and all other kinds of stuff. Unfortunately, one day right prior to the album release – a couple months prior – he was headed into a concert at the House of Blues in Chicago and he dropped dead. I feel he’s largely responsible for my getting involved with this so I felt it necessary to dedicate my part in this to him.
Shoutweb: Wow, thanks for sharing that David.
Shoutweb: You have an excellent voice. Have you had any training?
David: I didn’t until recently. About two years ago I started taking voice lessons because singing like this was killing me. I needed to learn how to do it without hurting myself. I did that and learned to use the correct muscles. I had a great teacher by the name of Arian back in Chicago who really showed me what I was doing wrong.
Shoutweb: Can you spell that name for me?
David: I don’t even know how to spell it correctly! She’s great though. I thanked her on the album too and I misspelled her name on there too.
Shoutweb: Oh, I was about to ask if I could find it in the album!
David: She’ll know who I am talking about.
Shoutweb: Let’s talk a little about the album. You’re responsible for the lyrics, right?
Shoutweb: Let’s talk about the most obvious track "Shout". You said that you wanted to do something out of left field but was there any other reason for covering that Tears For Fears song?
David: Not really. I had a vision for it in terms of what I would do with the song. We all did. It really was something that was so *not* like us that we wanted to show everyone "look what we can do to this thing that is so vanilla so to speak". We really spiced it up. I don’t know if vanilla is the right word. That’s not meant with any disrespect to them but it’s new wave pop from the 80’s. It’s nothing like Disturbed. We wanted to take something that was absolutely nothing like us and make it our own. I think we did a good job with it.
Shoutweb: I love this entire album which is very rare. Usually I am saying "okay, skip that track". I can’t believe you haven’t gotten more recognition. I think Ozzfest will be big for you guys.