JJ Draper is a London based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose emotive poetry transcends genres. Prominently influenced by Radiohead, Beach House and Jeff Buckley, JJ is an innovator of new sound. An intoxicating blend of lush vocals and dreamscape imagery, his music is a uniquely intimate and powerful experience.
A burgeoning young talent possessed with a sorrowful voice that belies his years, Draper released his debut solo single 'Zero-Sum' in 2017. He describes it as “a song about emotional dislocation, regret and apology. I think the track reflects my inability at the time to comprehend the confusing emotions of a relationship ending. It’s taken me a long time to piece together and adopt the lessons that needed learning, to process the guilt and fractured memories in the songs into something coherent”.
In 2018, Draper released his debut EP 'Silhouettes' which he co-wrote with British producer Ed Tullett, notable for his collaborations with welsh folk artist Novo Amor. Draper’s third single “Gwythian” was widely acclaimed by Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1 who premiered the track as a first look into the landscape of his upcoming EP release.
JJ Draper recently opened for RHYEs sold out shows at Koko and Heaven.
'The multi-instrumentalist is only on his second release and has already established himself as a calm and assured talent. With a voice full of a sorrow and a heart for songwriting..."In Visions" is a swirling haze of intelligent synth work and yearning vocals that sounds almost orchestrated rather than assembled'
The Line of Best Fit (Aaron Powell), November 2017
'Returning with his first solo track, London multi-instrumentalist JJ Draper has unveiled the enchanting 'Zero-Sum'. The brooding new track takes influences from the likes of Bon Iver and Sufjan Stevens to create a stunning instrumental backdrop for Draper's soft-spoken lyrics'
Riot Magazine (Patrick Gunning), Novermber 2017
''In Visions’ is every bit as haunting and sophisticated as Draper’s initial release and demonstrates enough of a style to call his own, whilst drawing in the influence of contemporaries and a nostalgia for 80s synth pop. If his forthcoming debut album is more of the same, we can count ourselves lucky'.
Art Noise (Terri Witherden), Novermber 2017
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