Fitz of the KUPD radio station conducted an interview with DISTURBED guitarist Dan Donegan at this year’s Ufest, which was held on March 19 at Ak-Chin Pavilion in Phoenix, Arizona. You can now watch the chat below.
Speaking about the making of DISTURBED‘s comeback album, last year’s “Immortalized”, Dan said: “Once we got back in the room together and we started tossing around ideas, it was just like riding a bike — back to the same old routine. Well, I mean, the chemistry was there. The routine changed, because we wanted to go back to how we did in the beginning. Even though we live in different states now — I’m the only one left in Chicago; David [Draiman, vocals] and John [Moyer, bass] are in Austin, Texas, and Mike [Wengren, drums] is just outside of Milwaukee — the technology of Pro Tools and sending files is a great tool to have, but it could take away that human element, that chemistry you have being in a room together. So we made a conscious effort this time to say, ‘You know what? if we live in different states, and that means hopping on a plane and spending more time with each other, then that’s what we’re gonna do. This is what a band should be.'”
He continued: “David came up to my house a few times, I went to his house to get together in a room. It’s just more manageable that way, when you can feed off each other instead of just sending a file and waiting for a response. This was instantaneous — just jamming out, seeing each other’s reaction and just having that human element back. So it’s a no-brainer for us. We felt that we got better results, and it was nice to go back to that [way of working]. From now on, anything in the future we do, it has to be us in a room together.”
“Immortalized”, DISTURBED‘s sixth studio album, was released last August and debuted at the top of The Billboard 200 chart. That made it DISTURBED‘s fifth effort in a row to enter the chart at No. 1, a feat shared only with METALLICA and DAVE MATTHEWS BAND.
DISTURBED kicked off a North American tour — its first in more than four years — on February 10 in Fargo.