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Disturbed singer cites his three biggest vocal influences

David Draiman of Disturbed performs on stage at O2 Apollo Manchester on May 14, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage via Getty Images)
David Draiman of Disturbed performs on stage at O2 Apollo Manchester on May 14, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Shirlaine Forrest/WireImage via Getty Images)

Disturbed frontman David Draiman recently spoke to U.K.’s Planet Rock about his singing technique, while also naming three of his biggest influences as Judas Priest‘s Rob Halford, late Black Sabbath and Dio singer Ronnie James Dio and late Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

Draiman explained, “(I’ve) tried to approach how I do what I do the same way that I feel that the great vocalists of all time would have approached it, whether it’s Halford or Dio . . . Not that I’m anywhere close to either one of those two — they’re human freaks of nature.”

Draiman added, “Between the two of them in particular, you’re talking about two of the greatest voices of all time. Certainly not to not include what, in my opinion, was one of the greatest vocalists to ever sing, but the greatest frontman that the world has ever seen, Freddie Mercury. His range, his charisma, his presence — everything about him — just the quintessential frontman.”

Draiman joined Disturbed more than 20 years ago and recalled that he wasn’t sure his vocal style fit with the band: “I wasn’t sure what I had done, because I wasn’t used to singing to music that was that aggressive. And my roommate was with me and we went home, and I wasn’t sure. And my roommate, I remember, he said to me, he was like, ‘Dude, I’m telling ya, if you don’t go and pursue what you had going on with that band, you’re an idiot, because I guarantee that if you go and see it through, that you’re gonna get signed. There was magic that happened in that room tonight.'”

Disturbed is currently in the midst of an international tour, including its first-ever performance in Israel on July 2nd, and will start a new round of North American dates later that month in Minnesota.

Story source: Blabbermouth

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