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JJ Draper


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    ...if you're awake in the night
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    More Than I Can Chew
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After creating his 'Silhouettes' EP with Ed Tullett ( Novo Amor, Hailaker) JJ went back into the rehearsal room to arrange a new body of work.
Having spent many of the early years of his career as a collaborator, he thought it time to take his catalogue of solo material to his band and into the studio and work with singular vision to create the sound he wanted.
JJ takes an unflinching approach to songwriting - moments of tenderness in sharp juxtaposition with the chronicling of horrible events, such as the murder of a 17 yr old boy (...if you're awake in the night) . The new music has a homespun feel, with incredible musicians lending their talent and bringing it to life. At times, the band falls away to reveal the songwriter and his guitar at the core. At other moments, the music explodes into life with experimental sound, string quartets and horns.
Drawing inspiration from great songwriters and innovators like Sufjan Stevens, Big Thief, Bon Iver and Wilco, JJā€™s ambitious EP "The Theft and The Flight" is out now, with arrangements already in front of audiences in a powerful live show. Expect moments of vulnerability punctuated with defiance and raw emotion as JJ weaves songs of real beauty and influences collide. Before COVID 19, JJ and his band played a packed headline show at The Grace in Islington and supported Le Trio Joubran at the iconic Union Chapel


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