Hip- Hop Legend Drapht Interview

I caught up with Drapht who is here for our SALT Festival!

SALT STAGE features ARIA winning artist Drapht, one of Australia's hip-hop heavyweights, supported by acclaimed hip-hop roots artist Adrian Eagle, and local band Ethnic Cowboys in the music event of the year on Southern EP.

Tickets at https://www.saltfestival.com.au/events-tickets/

Doors Open - 730pm

Set Times:

830pm - Ethnic Cowboys
They started as most bands, touring around their region playing other peoples music - A Cover Band.
But a sound emerged.
Over the course of 7 years they found a sound of their own. The writing process began and with their first album nearly complete and due for release this year this opportunity arose. Not quite in the vein of the Award Winning Artist on the bill, we look forward to the set they bring to the table to compliment the evening.

930pm - Adrian Eagle

After garnering widespread acclaim for his breakout single and video 17 Again, his guest appearance on the legendary Hilltop Hoods ARIA Award winning single Clark Griswold and a massive national and international touring schedule, 2018 was a landmark year for emerging Adelaide bred singer-songwriter Adrian Eagle.

Breaking out in early 2018, the stirring 17 Again and it’s inspirational music video find Adrian sharing his journey of overcoming suicidal thoughts and mental health issues after weighing a life-threatening 270kg at seventeen years old. Provocative, inspirational and instantly memorable, the track launched the South Australian native into the Australian music consciousness, with major support from Triple J and universal praise from the public and industry alike.

After dropping their name on that very song, Adrian quickly found himself touring Europe alongside his childhood heroes, fellow South Australians the Hilltop Hoods, in support of their comeback single Clark Griswold. His guest appearance, star turn in the music video, the Best Urban Release Award win at the ARIA Awards and his rousing performance at Splendour in the Grass capped off an incredible 2018 for the magnetic young performer, not to mention sold out debut shows across the East Coast and two highly talked about appearances at Brisbane’s Big Sound festival.

Adrian Eagle lives up to his name: this one soars high. So much honesty, heart and positivity – Dom Alessio, triple j

The kid is straight up fire and has our full support in his sharing of peace, love, unity, and eloquent music – TheMusic.com.au

Adrian Eagle’s debut E.P 'A.O.K' was released late 2018

1030pm - Drapht
With a platinum record, multi platinum and gold singles and two ARIA already under his belt, it's no great secret that Drapht is a songwriting prodigy. Whether you focus on his lyrics, his melodic hooks(or focus on nothing at all and just enjoy yourself) as a songwriter Drapht can pretty much do everything. Each of his four subsequent albums – Pale Rider (2003), Who Am I (2005), Brothers
Grimm (2008) and Life Of Riley (2010) – brought increasing levels of complexity and refinement,ascending Drapht to the absolute upper echelon of Australia's stacked card of hip-hop heavyweights.
Already, he is one of the greats. Fifth album Seven Mirrors continues the upward incline of Drapht's artistic output, showing off even more songwriting flair and linguistic dexterity than ever before. Piecing each song together with a myriad of rhythmical, melodic and lyrical hooks, Seven Mirrors puts Drapht's arsenal of musical weapons in the hands of an amazing list of collaborators and guests – sometimes pairing with music royalty and other times introducing exciting new voices. Party anthem Mexico (featuring Dune Rats) is begging to be a single, Don Quixote (featuring Hilltop Hoods) feels destined to be a live favourite, while BAD blasts out of the speakers with the scorching voice of LA-based Nat Dunn, and Monsoon introduces Byron Bay's smooth-toned Bradley Stone to the world.
At the apex of this mountain of talent is Drapht himself, directing this cast of virtuoso musicians with grand vision and fastidious execution. Seven Mirrors weaves colourful narrative and wit with the stern fabric of personal expression and catharsis. Drapht delves deep and reveals a lot on Seven Mirrors.
The album chronicles Drapht's personal relationships – whether introspective, family, with partners or exes – exploring them through the concept of the Seven Essene Mirrors... the existential premise that our relationships reflect back upon ourselves. Perhaps the height of Drapht's skill set can be seen in how masterfully subtle this narrative is throughout the album. There's a concept album to explore if you want to get deep, but Seven Mirrors can also just be a bangin' set of tunes, if that's what the occasion calls for.
A perfect blend of thoughtful introvert and entertaining extrovert, Drapht's connection has always been his realness. When we look at Drapht we can see ourselves reflecting back. Seven Mirrors is a
beautiful metaphor for this connection; an album that is as much for the writer as it is for his fans.
Once again Drapht has stepped up and once again he is at the absolute top of the game. Welcome to Seven Mirrors...

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