Rising star Draper is proving that producing is a true art form in its own right; with intelligent song writing and vibrant production, he is ready to take the music world by storm. We caught up with him after the release of his latest single ‘Worst Of Us’ and discussed all things music:
How would you describe your music career?
Longterm. Rome wasn’t built in a day. I started off making remixes on a website called Indaba, through which Oli Sykes from Bring Me The Horizon discovered my music and I ended up working with him and them loads. Then I got published and for a few years worked almost exclusively for a production trio called The Invisible Men, creating tracks for Rita Ora, Iggy Azalea, Cheryl, All Saints, Lapsley and more. I only really embarked on my artist career about two years ago and released tracks through big dance labels like Monstercat, Circus and M:UK. This year I went to SXSW, played two shows, and signed to a big independent label called Nettwerk. I’m pretty happy.
What/who are your music influences?
As a songwriter The Beatles and Chris Martin tick every box of timeless music, but I’m inspired by creative artists going against the grain in popular culture. Mura Masa is a good example. I am constantly keeping an eye on what’s up and coming, mainly as my music also acts as a springboard for launching new talent – one of my recent favourites being Abi Ocia. We did a bunch of tracks together and released one as a feature called Home, which was dope.
What is distinctive/unique about your remixes?
I tend to write a song around the vocals making it more of an established idea than just taking a sample and putting it to a beat. Before I start a remix I have to love the vocals, otherwise there’s just not much I can do around that.
Are there any artists you’d like to collaborate with that you haven’t?
Loads! I’d love to get a feature with Chvrches! Lauren’s vocals are dope. Other than that, and my label tell me never say never, I would actually do unspeakable things to have a collar with Chris Martin from Coldplay. Lyrically he keeps it simple yet incredibly profound, which to me is the best you can get.
Where would you like your music to go from here? How would you like it to develop?
Up! I’m all about the slow burn, I don’t expect overnight success. I’ve built a back catalogue that proves I’m ready and I feel like I’m ready too.
Do you prefer producing or songwriting?
Songwriting is the creative fun part but producing brings new challenges to keep the work flow exciting. I do both at the same time when I’m writing Draper material, it’s a natural process as a producer/artist.
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