Friday, 04 October 2013 13:02

Mr Grevis CDs

Already receiving Triple J airplay for single ‘So Beautiful’ featuring Joyride and Ness, and ‘The Apology Song’ featuring Drapht, things are looking promising for WA rapper Mr. Grevis’ sophomore release, ‘My Escape’.

Combining his supreme knack for storytelling with structurally savvy songwriting, Grevis has teamed up with fellow SBX cohort Dazastah for the bulk of the album’s production, with additional beats from Cam Bluff and Rob Shaker.

Other guests include: Trials, K21, Layla and Optamus.

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Wednesday, 14 August 2013 15:50

Drapht: The Perfect Menu

Needing a retreat from the stress of the daily grind, Perth MC Drapht — aka Paul Reid — has turned his deft hand to grinding coffee beans at his new café to cope.

Fans don’t need to worry, though, as he’ll still be in Brisbane to destroy the stage at this year’s Sprung Festival with DJ Rob Shaker. 

“I am a hands on owner… The first couple of months in any business, you have to put your all into it. It’s all my inspiration, all my recipes and basically the way I’ve been living for the last ten years or so.”

A place to drench your arteries in burger fat it is not, Paul being a strict adherent to holistic health, a ramification of his battle with auto-immune and thyroid issues that make him wince at the sight of pasteurised dairy, table salt and processed sugar. We discuss the similarities between a track list and a menu.

“With the café, it’s the same sort of creative energy, but in a different avenue. It feels like I’m working with Trials, Suffa or Ta-Ku. That’s like me working with the chef, coming up with all these lists of ingredients seeing what works and doesn’t work. It gives me a bit of time to take away from the pressure of my music, but still have that creative outlook on something different.”

As a self-described perfectionist, and the ‘Life Of Riley’ album leading him to the brink of insanity, it’s easy to picture Drapht blowing blood vessels like Gordon Ramsay perusing a burnt tomato. However, Paul has learnt to keep this in check over the years.

“I’m trying my hardest not to [give in], I’ve grown up being very hard on myself with anything I’ve done creative wise. Perfectionism is not a nice thing, it’s not something to pride yourself on. I’ve learnt within the last five years I need to give myself a bit of a break and not go overboard.

“If it’s with my music, I can sit there with a song for weeks on end trying to get it perfect, but no one’s going to notice the difference. Those extra days you put into it, it’s not even worth it, no one appreciates that extra length you go to.

“You put yourself through the ringer to please everyone but yourself. Your health is unfortunately the catalyst of that, and you end up being the person most affected by it. By no means would I ever do that to myself again, there’d be no slaving for 18 hours a day on an album anymore. That’s why I want to work on music the way I used to work on music.”

We talk about how the process has changed over the years, from the angst driven young Perth rapper leaking out of ‘Pale Rider’, to the ARIA success of ‘Brothers Grimm’ and the trappings of fame.

“I started writing music when I was 17 and I spent every waking moment on it that I wasn’t working because I loved it. After the success of ‘Brothers Grimm’, I had to push myself to write the whole ‘Life Of Riley’ record. It turned into a job and I hated it, I hated that aspect of music and I hated what it became after it was successful… I wanted to strip everything back and really get the love back and use music as the venting process that it was.”

Paul cites the release of ‘Tasty’ with Ta-Ku as one of these opportunities. A surprise for many, the song’s trap style beat and hard hitting rhythm were a far cry from the sample driven ‘Life Of Riley’, but the track perfectly captures the notion of breathing new life back into the creative process.

Looking forward to Sprung, whose line-up reads like a who’s who of local hip hop, Drapht is happy to be back on stage surrounded by his peers.

“It’ll be like having Wu-Tang on stage with the amount of guests I’m going to have for Brisbane and Melbourne. I’ve been touring with a live band for the last six years. They are some of my closest friends, but this time they can’t come out. So I’m going to flip it up and take it back to where I started, have some MCs and a DJ, that’s the formula. It will be nice to get back to those roots.

“It’s throwing me out of my comfort zone a little bit, and I’m a little bit nervous not having the band behind me.”

With all eyes on Paul, I ask whether his perfectionist tendencies make it harder for him to perform solo.

“You’re not helping me whatsoever here,” he laughs. “You’re putting fear into my head, even more anxiousness.”

Drapht plays Sprung Festival at Victoria Park September 21.

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Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

Sprung Festival Tickets

In 2013 Sprung Festival returns to Brisbane for a third straight year; and with it a line-up boasting some of the country’s hottest hip hop acts at the moment.

Topping the bill are 360, Drapht and Seth Sentry while other interstaters include: Funkoars, Urthboy, Horrowshow, Thundamentals, Brad Strut, All Day, Purpose and Dialectrix.

The local scene is fronted by Lazy Grey, Jake Biz and DJ Dcide plus Mr Hill & Rahjconkas and Chelsea Jane.

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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 15:22

Drapht: Independent Minded

After a massive 2011, you might have thought Drapht would take the opportunity last year to put his feet up.

Not a chance. The last 12 months have arguably been the biggest in the Perth MC’s career, both in terms of music and his further interests.

“I had a little bit of downtime after the 2012 Big Day Out run,” he explains. “But it was more of a case of this snowball effect on an idea I had in the works with this holistic café that I’m getting up and running. Behind the scenes I was just in the building process, and formulating ideas for menus, and then writing new music, and working on album stuff, and then the record label and being self-managed. So there was a lot of work.”

The start of 2013 finds Drapht at something of a crossroads. It’s now two and a half years since he left Obese Records, and he’s remained independent ever since. But that independence in the business sense has started translating to independence in the artistic sense, as two new songs, ‘Tasty’ and ‘1990’s’, clearly demonstrate.

“[Perth producer] Ta-ku was behind both those beats and I’m definitely going to be working with him for the entirety of my new stuff,” Drapht says. “And I’m a massive lover of soul music, so it’s going to be soul-heavy and something that really speaks to me on a personal level, because that’s something I felt personally that I drifted away from in the past. I got caught up in the radio mentality, I got caught up in the success and I stopped going back to the feeling I used to get when I was kid, where you’d hear a beat and it would make you stop.

“When I heard Ta-Ku’s beats it flicked a switch in my head: ‘This is what I’ve been missing. This is what I started doing music for.’ These are instrumentals that speak to me on a lower level – to my subconscious, I guess you could say – and just give me that shiver down my spine when I hear them. That’s what I started writing music for.”

The reception from Drapht’s fans hasn’t necessarily been so positive, though. The N’Fa Jones-featuring ‘1990’s’ is easy to love, its soulful, descending progressions being mirrored by a back-flipping, heartfelt flow. But ‘Tasty’, released a month before, is a much more challenging production for Drapht fans. Bass-driven and with more than a hint of trap music about it, Drapht laughs when he recounts the initial reaction.

“It was like, ‘Holy fuck! What is this piece of garbage?!’ A lot of my bogan fans couldn’t get it. They couldn’t get that I was just trying to push myself as an artist and do something that separated me from a scene.”
The Australian strand of rap music has matured in recent years, and Drapht is aware that the time is ripe to embrace new sounds and new directions.

“Whether fans get it or not, I wanna do something that pushes me and separates me from that formula that’s hitting the radio. I’ve got friends who listen to Triple J or Nova and they hear an Aussie hip hop song and they can’t tell the difference from one artist to the next, and that’s a pretty detrimental thing. I don’t know: it’s not something that I want to be a part of.

“So I released ‘Tasty’ and everyone was like, ‘Please tell me that the album’s not going to sound like this! You’ve been hanging out with Soulja Boy!’ I was like, ‘Man, you guys are losing everything I’m trying to do here’. But I gained a listenership abroad with that track, and people that wouldn’t necessarily listen to any of my back catalogue appreciated it.”

Drapht still isn’t sure what his next move will be in terms of records – maybe an EP, maybe an LP – but he’s confident of a release at some point this year. In the meantime, he’s looking to present some of his fresh material to a national audience, and will be hitting Brisbane early next month as part of the ‘Uni-Verse’ tour.

“This is just a case of stripping everything back, doing a low ticket price for the people that have supported me over the last ten years,” he says. “Because these are people – students and the like – who live off instant noodles and shit. I’ve been in that position, and it’s not easy for these people, so it gave me an awesome opportunity to not think of it as my livelihood anymore, but be in a position to give back to people who have always supported me.”

Drapht plays The Red Room at UQ March 7, Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba, March 8, Parkwood Tavern March 9 And The Great Northern March 10.
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Friday, 20 January 2012 16:56

Sprung Hip Hop 2011 Video

The virgin voyage of Sprung Hip Hop festival: a storm of beats (literally) and faster-than-the-speed-of-light verses, spitting forth from the lips of some of the biggest names in Australian hip hop: Drapht, Funkoars, Illy, Pez & 360, Resin Dogs, DJ Katch, Mantra — it’s time to quit Angry Birds, warm the kettle and take a trip back in time... scroll down for the video.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011 15:37

Sprung Festival

2011 Review

After an early morning storm, the weather for Sprung Fest seemingly was going to be favourable for the Aussie hip hop massive.

Early proceedings from Dunn D and Mdusa started things off right. Diafrix bounced around on the main stage with an island edge and party vibe. Alternating back to the underground stage, the competitors of the Real Talk MC competition took to the stage followed by Mantra - criminally early in proceedings - delivering a very energetic set to the early comers. Brisbane graf king Kasino treated the crowd to a speed painting display to a soundtrack provided by fellow king DJ Katch, followed by my personal darkhorse of the event Joelistics.

The next round of the Real Talk comp' took place with mainstage preparation interfering with the ability to hear the rappers followed by the Resin Dogs set. The Resin Dogs hitting hard from the start with Katch cutting up  an intro to the set, which saw Koolism’s MC Hau joining DNO to handle MC duties for the full funk assault. The introduction of a new vocalist to the group was somewhat marred due to sound levels not being favourable, before bringing it back with Hau performing a solo track and changing proceedings to more rock-based rhythms.

Hydrofunk signees Beats Working also paid a visit from down south to grace the stage and represent the crew. Vegas Aces and a DJ set from Katch followed by the energetic Lowrider, Real Talk MC comp wrap up - which saw Sunshine Coast rapper Kudos take the win over Triple Nip - before a set from local Dwizofoz. M-Phazes and 360 also rocked the crowd as expected - not even a 20-minute storm delay could dampen proceedings. Obese rep Illy then took to the stage with the crowd eating from the palm of his hand.

The Funkoars rewarded the welcoming crowd with a mix of old and new tracks as well as special guests Vents and K21. Local legend Lazy Grey also rocked a short ,but solid set with the help of Jake Biz and Overproof P, which included a special appearance from Bias B before Drapht closed out proceedings with the crowd moshing uncontrollable when ‘Jimmy Recard’ dropped.

The overall feeling leaving the festival is that despite the weather this was a welcome highlight of the many different styles developing in our burgeoning hip hop scene, with all acts putting on great performances and a great turnout - congrats to the Clockwork Enertainment crew..

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:14

Drapht

 

Onwards And Upwards
Around the turn of the millennium, Perth MC Drapht was finding his feet amongst the legendary Perth crew Syllabolix. Come 2002 and fellow crew member Hunter put the young gun on his record, ‘Done DL’, with Dazastah.



These days, Hunter still isn’t slowing down, somehow managing to record and release ‘Fear And Loathing’ with Mortar earlier this year despite receiving regular chemotherapy for cancer. As a result, he has had to curtail a number of vices. Intriguingly, Drapht has also decided to kick the bottle. Raising funds for his friend through Dry July provided the impetus for a profound epiphany. “From my side of things, it’s more health issues. I struggle with a hereditary stomach issue that alcohol, and sugar in general, doesn’t help. So it’s more just trying to get to 100 percent health in my case. It’s one of those things I have been meaning to do for a while now but because our whole way of life in Australia is so based around alcohol and drinking each weekend, it’s such a hard thing to hit on the head.”



Naturally, sobriety has had a multifaceted impact on his day-to-day life, with Drapht experiencing a marked increase in productivity.
“I get so much more done now. Creatively, I have so many more ideas. I wake up at 7:30 as opposed to mid-afternoon if I had been drinking the night before. I think the next record will come a lot quicker because of it.”



This newfound spirit of abstinence would have faced a formidable challenge when Drapht played a set at a little old festival called Splendour In The Grass a couple of weeks ago.
“It was my second sober show. I did one in Mackay at the start of July. I was a ball of nerves for that show and I never get nervous before any show. I’ve been doing it for ten years, you would think I’d be comfortable with it by now.



“I’m just so used to having four or five beers before I go on, it just got to me that I couldn’t. I thought I had the nerves under control but when I stepped out there it was like ‘holy fuck’. I kept hearing my own voice in my head in the middle of songs saying I was going to make a mess of things. It was hard but it was an awesome show, I pulled through in the end.”
Drinking and performing at the same time is obviously a fine line to walk. Drapht reflects on a ‘wasted’ youth.



“I’ve been drinking since I was 13 so I’m a pretty good drunk at the best of times. In the past, I could have up to ten beers before I went on and still not be too affected by it. I’d slur a word or two, stumble a bit more than usual but I could still put on a show. It was just second nature really because I had rehearsed it so much beforehand.”



The original inspiration for the Dry July escapades remains at the forefront of Drapht’s mind; Hunter’s battle with cancer.
“He’s just fighting everyday. He’s in really good spirits which is the main thing. Going from being an alcoholic to being told you have terminal cancer and can never drink again because it’s life-threatening is not the easiest thing to deal with. You’ve gotta deal with chemo and chemo thoughts as well, not only does it affect your body, it influences your frame of mind as well.
“Your body rejects everything that goes into it from a certain point onwards. He’s fighting the fight of his life at the moment and he’s winning but his body is telling him otherwise because of the amount of chemo he’s getting. He’s trying to remain as positive as possible, leading a healthier lifestyle as well. He’s changed his diet to that of a vegetarian, organic and whatnot. We’re all just praying that he gets through it.”


Drapht is preparing for a massive tour around the country next month. The ironically titled ‘Party, Party, Party’ tour will see Drapht joined by Muph & Plutonic as well as Syllabolix crew members Dazastah and Layla. So what’s up with the title?
“It was purely because I couldn’t name the tour ‘Bali Party’ because that track is going to be the next single. I just couldn’t stomach the idea of naming the tour after the single so we just ended up with ‘Party, Party, Party’ instead. It’s also because my birthday is in September so I wanted to pitch it as more of a huge birthday tour rather than just another tour I have to do. I’ve been touring non-stop since April and even before that I did the ‘Rapunzel’ tour in November. The next tour is just a celebration of everything that has happened, really.”



Busy as ever, Drapht elaborates on the rejuvenated productivity he is currently in the midst of. “I’ve just finished a track for an Australian MC whose album will be out in the next couple of months or so. I’m also finishing a track at the moment with Dazastah and Hunter for Hunter’s canteen project. I’m still writing a heap and working with a producer on some new stuff as well. It’s more just formulating ideas at this stage. I’m not in a rush to delve too deep into the next record but I’m still working on it slowly.”



Aside from the inspiration drawn from sobriety, Drapht tells of other significant events from recent times.
“I just got back from an overseas trip to Cambodia and Thailand. It was a real eye-opener for me, I came back with so many ideas despite the fact I was only gone for a week and a half. I came back with 20 song ideas. Spending that time by myself and not having conversations with anyone but locals really helped me out a heap.”



Drapht will headline Sprung Festival at the Brisbane Riverstage Saturday October 15. sprunghiphop.com.au

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Wednesday, 06 April 2011 12:37

Drapht

JR Has Left The Building

So, Jimmy Recard is dead. Kaput. Goneski. Drapht, aka Paul Ridge, has murdered him, and considering he’s killed off one of the better-loved alter-egos in the short life of Oz hip hop, he sounds downright relieved.

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