Disturbed frontman David Draiman named the bands and their lead singers from various genres, who he described as his muses, that inspired him while creating Disturbed’s works during his recent appearance on WRIF.
David Draiman started his professional music career when he replaced the band’s original frontman Erich Awalt in Disturbed. The band members gained worldwide fame and commercial success with the help of releasing legendary heavy metal records and performing unforgettable concerts.
Like every other artist, Draiman was also inspired by different bands and their lead vocalists, such as Metallica’s James Hetfield, Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne, Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, Judas Priest’s Rob Halford, and several new-generation leads, like Korn’s Jonathan Davidson and Slipknot’s Corey Taylor.
The frontman added that The Cure’s Robert Smith, The Smiths’ Morrissey, Depeche Mode’s Dave Grahan, and Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten greatly influenced him even though their styles are very different from Disturbed’s. Draiman didn’t forget to give credit to Maynard James Keenan by praising his range and precision.
Draiman said in his interview that:
“So many. Certainly James Hetfield from Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, Bruce Dickinson, Halford, Dio, I mean, all those guys.
I worship them, but there were also guys that were not necessarily from the world that you would expect me to pick from – guys like Robert Smith from The Cure, Morrissey from The Smiths, or Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode, or Johnny Rotten from the Sex Pistols.
I brought a whole bunch of those guys into my world of inspiration. Mike Patton from Faith No More, huge inspiration to me, and even current colleagues of mine who I think don’t get quite as much credit as they deserve for having inspired a whole generation of vocalists.”
“Guys like Jonathan Davis from Korn, and even Corey Taylor from Slipknot, both of those guys continue to inspire me.
Then you take the guy that takes the best of all worlds, with the inhuman ability and range and precision – Maynard James Keenan – you throw him in the mix, and that’s a nice little slew of my vocal inspirations and the guys that I look up to.”
You can watch the interview below.