DISTURBED Singer Says Smoking Pot Helps His Creativity

August 25, 2015

Disturbed singer David Draiman was recently interviewed by Artisan News and said the band’s new song “Fire It Up” was inspired by his pot smoking routine: “Lighten up. Lighten the fuck up. It’s, like, you know what? Not everything needs to be gloom and doom and serious and smacking you constantly. You’ve gotta have a little bit of yin and yang. I mean, for God’s sake, Black Sabbath wrote ‘Sweet Leaf’. All of a sudden, that’s untouchable material? All of a sudden you’re gonna have a political issue with it or some shit?”


He continued: “I’m not making a political statement. I’m talking about something that simply has been the catalyst for my creativity and for me being able to relax enough to let the doors open a little bit for the vast majority of my career. 95 percent of the song I’ve written — easily, easily — while under the influence, beyond any shadow of the doubt. And I’m not ashamed to say it or anything else. And I don’t view it as demonically as some people do, and I’m not viewing it as demonically as some people do, and I’m not viewing it as a political statement. I may be for legalization in general, which I am, but that’s not why we did the song. We did the song because Danny [Donegan, guitar] suggested it to me when I was searching for additional themes…”

Asked what his favorite strain of marijuana is, Draiman said: “Oh, man. It’s tough, because down in Austin [where I live], it’s not legalized, so I’ve gotta hunt for whatever the hell I can get. But if I can find Kush of any kind anywhere I go, that’s the preferable… I love it. If I go to Amsterdam, I’ll hunt down the master Kush over at the greenhouse the minute I get there, I still love White Widow too, I still love Bubblegum, I still love a bunch of ’em, but there is no substitute for Kush. Kush is just, to me, the be-all, end-all. I’m much of an Indica guy than a Sativa guy anyway, so I like the more stony kind of thing, ’cause that’s what puts me in the right zone for creativity anyway. I’m not looking to wake up from it.”

Disturbed’s sixth studio album, “Immortalized”, was released August 21 through Reprise Records.