Paul Draper (musician)
|Birth name||Paul Edward Draper|
26 September 1970 |
|Genres||Alternative rock, indie rock, Britpop, progressive rock|
|Occupations||Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, keyboards, piano, synthesizers, bass|
Paul Edward Draper (born 26 September 1970 in Liverpool) is an English musician, singer-songwriter and record producer. He is known as former lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist of the rock band Mansun.
Draper grew up on Garmoyle Road in Wavertree, Liverpool before moving with his family to Deeside, which Draper described as "the absolute nothing of Great Britain", adding "Deeside is just the bit where the Welsh people really aren't Welsh because they were infiltrated by the English in the Fifties and Sixties. It's where everyone from Liverpool ended up. Basically, just after the war, Liverpool had 800,000 people; now it's got 390,000 people, and the missing 400,000 all live in Deeside. It's a horrible, horrible place. In Liverpool, if you're 15 and you pick up an acoustic guitar in school and play a song, then people would listen. But in my school when I tried to take in a guitar, I was just a poof and a queer, and that was that". Draper attended Thames Polytechnic (now University of Greenwich) where he formed Grind with Steve Heaton and drummer Carlton Hibbert who regularly played around London before releasing one 12" single and splitting. Draper returned home to study at Wrexham Art College before forming Mansun with bassist Stove King, and guitarist Dominic Chad.
In 2004, Draper compiled Mansun's aborted fourth album recordings for release in the Kleptomania box set. In October 2005, Alone in My Room, a single by Skin (Skunk Anansie), co-written and co-produced by Draper, was released; his first involvement in any musical project since Kleptomania.
He worked on a version of the 2006 Ibiza anthem "Exceeder" by the Dutch DJ Mason, which was uploaded to his MySpace page, and in 2009 produced and appeared on a track by The Joy Formidable, which is available as a free download from the band's official website.
He performed a version of Mansun's "Wide Open Space" at London Astoria's last ever gig before it closed on 14 January 2009 with My Vitriol. The two acts had toured together previously in 2000 (along with King Adora).
In October 2013, Draper stated that he wasn't opposed to releasing the songs he has recorded as a solo artist, if people are interested in hearing them. In light of this a petition has been set up on Facebook, where fans have been encouraged to show support by liking the page. He responded to the petition and commented that he was overwhelmed with the amount of emails of support and questions about his unreleased project, following an appearance on BBC Radio 6 Music in November. He is currently giving the matter some 'very serious consideration'.
- PAUL DRAPER - Biography. Pauldraper.info. Retrieved on 2010-11-18.
- Music - Grind. BBC (2009-03-15). Retrieved on 2010-11-18.
- Grind (5) Discography at Discogs. Discogs.com. Retrieved on 2010-11-18.
- MANSUN.NET History - Profiles - Paul Draper. Web.archive.org. Retrieved on 2010-11-18.
- Email sent to Paul's ex-webmaster regarding possible solo material. Retrieved on 2013-11-21
- Link to Facebook petition. Retrieved on 2013-11-21
- On Monday 13 January, Draper appeared on BBC6Music on the Steve Lamacq show, where he said he will look to possibly release a solo single to coincide with the Mansun Convention in August 20014, it also saw the first play of The Anchoress single' "What goes Around" due to be released on May 5th 2014 Article on Digital Spy reporting on Paul's recent comments. Retrieved on 2013-11-21