Interview: Draper

Draper

Draper

After moonlighting as a prolific producer to pop stars (Rita Ora, Lapsley), Draper is finally breaking as a solo artist.

We decided to have a chat with the UK-based multi-instrumentalist.

For those of you who don’t know you, tell us a bit more about yourself and how you got into music.​

I was born in France, grew up in London, and when I was about 16 I wanted to find out how drums and synths were made electronically so I did! I taught myself everything from the ground up, it took a while…

You are a songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist. Tell us the pros and cons of each.

Song writing is the best, there’s nothing like creating something from absolutely nothing, it’s massively exciting.

Producing is great because you can make someone else’s writing a reality, which can be hugely challenging at times but also very rewarding.

Playing instruments is something I don’t do enough of, I write ‘in the box’ meaning I do almost all instrumentation on the computer, I would love to have a studio with a wide variety of hardware that I can jam on, much more fun than sequencing midi.

Describe your sound in three words.

Eclectic synth party

What was it like working with Jazz Morley on her new track?

Really great, she’s an awesome song writer and I love her vocal tone!

Where do you cite your musical influences from?

All over the place, there’s not really one specific one, when I hear something that inspires me I find a way to use the same techniques (never copy).

We love new music at Indietronica. What new music are you listening to?

I’ve been listening to Flume‘s new single a lot, I find him a real inspiration because his sound pushes producer technique ‘norms’, I’d love to see him live too.

Sounds like: Pistol Shrimp, Passion Pit, The Maccabees

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