Ladies and Gentleman, may we introduce to you a man who needs no introduction, from the West Coast of Australia, wordsmith, re-arranger, perfectionist …. DRAPHT.
In 2007 Drapht was nominated in the Best Urban/Hip Hop Act category at the West Australian Music Industry Awards.
He appeared for the first time in a Triple J Hottest 100 with two entries in the 2008 countdown; "Jimmy Recard" at number 10 and "Falling" at number 77, then in October at the 2008 AIR Awards Drapht was nominated for the ‘Best New Australian Independent Artist’, in addition "Jimmy Recard" was nominated for 'Most Popular Single/EP' at the 2009 West Australian Music Industry Awards and Drapht as 'Best Urban/Hip Hop Act', which he subsequently won.
"Rapunzel" reached # 12 in Triple J's Hottest 100 for 2010, #2 on the AIR charts and peaked at #16 on the ARIA singles chart in February 2011, the highest charting single for Drapht to date. The single was also accredited an ARIA platinum certification.
Drapht went on to receive two nominations in the 2011 Jagermeister Independent Music Awards, 'Best Independent Album' and 'Best Independent Hip Hop/Urban Album', winning the award for the latter.
At the 2011 ARIA Music Awards Drapht received seven nominations, 'Single of the Year' ("Rapunzel"); 'Best Male Artist'; 'Breakthrough Artist - Album' (Life of Riley); 'Breakthrough Artist - Single' ("Rapunzel"); 'Best Urban Album'; 'Most Popular Australian Artist' and 'Engineer of the Year', eventually winning 'Best Urban Album'. The Life of Riley was also nominated for the 2011 J Awards.
Ever since Jimmy Recard hit top 10 in the 2008 Triple J Hottest 100, it's like everything Drapht touches turns to gold. His proceeding fourth album (and first as an Obese Records alumni), 2011's The Life Of Riley produced some of the best singles in Australian hip hop history, earning a staggering seven ARIA nominations, and a win for Best Urban Album. Establishing Drapht for both his honesty and his ability to pen a hook, it was a breakthrough album in the truest sense. Now, back with another insanely catchy single in Dancin' John Doe, Drapht has droppedthe follow-up that fans have been waiting for. Taking things back to his roots, Drapht (aka Paul Reid) has once again teamed up with Perth legend Dazastah (Downsyde) who co-produced Drapht's first two records: Pale Rider (2003) and Who Am I (2005). Taken from his fifth album 7 Mirrors (due later in the year), Dancin' John Doecarries on in the spirit of gold-selling single Sing It (The Life Of Riley), with its irrepresible chorus and mantra of living your life without caring what other people think – a theme throughout Drapht's body of work. This spirit of living a life true to your heart is at the core of why fans connect so strongly with Drapht. Mixed by Steve Schramm (San Cisco, Paul Kelly, Cat Empire), Dancin' John Doe is irresistably catchy, kicking off straight away with a big Drapht sing-along chorus, layered with vocal, lyrical andinstrumental hooks over an infectious, funky backbeat. An instant party anthem just begging for a crowd. “You can't tell John Doe how to dance / See I can dance, I can dance like my name's John Doe / nobody knowing who I am” - a triumphant celebration of not giving a fuck what people think of you... of dancing like no one knows who you are.To celebrate the release of the new single, Drapht will take the Dancin' John Doe Tour Australia-wide in August, hitting Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Fremantle and Adelaide. Drapht's first national run since 2013, the Dancin' John Doe Tour will be the Perth rapper's first chance in two years to connect with fans and drop new tunes ahead of the highly-anticipated release of 7 Mirrors. It's gonna be a big year!
OCTOBER 2016 TOUR DATES & BOX OFFICE LINKS LISTED BELOW: