Draper co-headlining with Man Without Country
DRAPER is a French-born British producer. He is best known for his remixes for many mainstream artists and his unique melodic electronic style. James’ desire to produce electronic music started at the age of 16 when he got some software to make music from his parents.
At the age of 18 James joined producer based website Indaba Music. Here he developed his name, winning several remix competitions for well-known artists. In late 2010, he released his first original music “The Introduction EP”. A month after its release front man of Bring Me The Horizon Oliver Sykes found Draper’s music through a Canadian music blog. Sykes then helped the young producer get heard and endorsed Draper’s second self-titled EP through his clothing label Drop Dead.
After the release of his second EP, Draper acquired many high-profile remixes, including Twin Atlantic, Passion Pit and Ellie Goulding. His remix for Goulding appeared on her Tesco exclusive edition of her album Halcyon. After graduating from Oxford Brookes University with a 1st class honours degree in Media Technology, Draper was invited to DJ for Rita Ora at the Capital Summertime Ball 2012. He was subsequently invited back to support Rita on her debut headline arena tour. Maintaining his own stream of commercial releases, Draper continues to release through Canadian electronic label Monstercat.
Man Without Country aren’t your typical electronic act or your average band. Not that they’re an electronic act or a regular band at all, not really. At a time when genre boundaries have become effectively meaningless, Ryan James and Tomas Greenhalf fuse electronic precision with a love of timeless melodies and James’ hypnotic, fragile vocals. By the time you work out how to label their new album Maximum Entropy, chances are you’ll have already fallen under their spell.
As the album title implies, Maximum Entropy is loosely themed around the notion of entropy. “For a long time, we sent loose ideas back and forth,” says Greenhalf. “We were just experimenting, trying different things out. Once the idea of entropy emerged from Ryan’s lyrics, it gave us a central theme on which we built the tracks. The writing process gained a lot more momentum once this was in place.” “The idea of entropy is really cool,” adds James. “Both in terms of physics and how you can use it as a metaphor for so many aspects of everyday life. It’s a powerful word.”
There’s no doubt that Maximum Entropy deserves to be recognised as a step up to see Man Without Country sit alongside their peers and potentially beyond. “We want to continue to develop and grow as musicians and songwriters,” explains Greenhalf.
Man Without Country have become men without limits.