JJ Draper’s new single addresses London’s worrying gang violence scene

Following the success of his previous EP, JJ Draper has taken inspiration from real life events for his newest EP, ‘The Theft & The Flight’. 

On one single in particular, JJ describes his inspirations, “returning home in March last year to a police cordon around the car park of my flat, I turned on the news to discover that a young man had been brutally murdered on my doorstep. Not having a real insight into the growing culture of gang violence in London, I wrote ‘…if you’re awake in the night’ to chronicle the surreal experience of those who come inadvertently into contact with a troubling world they don’t understand. 

I wanted all my new music to be honest and grounded, both lyrically and in the way it was recorded. I spent months experimenting at Natural Habitat Studios working with many great musicians to make something I hope feels homespun, authentic and vivid.” 

JJ’s music has already received high praise from the likes of BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and The Line of Best Fit but this interest in honestly reflecting his perspective in any scenario, and talk of surreal experiences or confused detachment with the same gravity as moments of sober reality will surely score him top points among the music and songwriting critics. 

Listen to ‘Zero-Sum’, one of the tracks on the upcoming EP, here

With four new tracks set to appear on the EP which is due to be released on 3rd July we can’t wait to be taken on a musical journey of pure raw emotion by JJ. 

‘The Theft and The Flight’ EP

TRACK LIST:  

That’s What I Call Progress!

…if you’re awake in the night

Timshel

The Theft and the Flight

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Sixty Seconds on Songwriting with Harp Samuels

Take the soft croons of James Vincent McMorrow,  the cinematic atmospherics of Sufjan Stevens, and the gut-wrenching storytelling of Bon Iver, and you’ll have the essence of Harp Samuels’ devastatingly tender slow burners. With his sophomore record in the pipeline, we catch up with the Australian songwriter to find out what went on behind the studio doors…

Describe your music in five words.

Deep, thoughtful, unique, melodic, and vulnerable.

What’s the story behind forthcoming album ‘Breathe’?

I lost my Dad last year right when I was in the middle of promoting my debut album ‘Wanting.’ I decided to go home to Melbourne, and I was feeling a lot of tension/ grief and all kinds of stuff. I wanted to put those feelings somewhere so I turned to music and art, initially purely to process what I was going through. It’s about tension, closure, new chapters, and our relationship to the eternal.

Is there a song on the album that’s particularly close to your heart?

The song ‘Closure in C’ (an homage to Canon in D) was played on my Dad’s piano, and the reason is that my family is going to sell it, so I wanted to write/ perform a piece on it as an act of closure.

You’ve said there are a lot of ‘easter eggs’ in the project. Can you give us an exclusive on what to expect?

The track listing is in alphabetical order and the amount of tracks (9) represents in-completion. The songs and project have been carefully named, and are designed to flow as one 30 minute themed musical project.

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