Star Scene: DRAPHT

Paul Reid, aka DRAPHT, chats to Mary Boukouvalas of What’s My Scene magazine about his latest album “SHADOW and SHININGS”.

Paul discusses his influences and his collaborations with Pressure, Eli Greeneyes, and more.

Though a cohesive album, each track also stands on its own, and Paul graciously did a Track by Track breakdown of the album.

SHADOWS and SHININGS Tracklisting:

1. ‘Intro’

2. ‘Shadow On My Walls’

3. ‘Oliver Twist’ ft. Pressure

4. ‘Model Plane’ ft. Bitter Belief & Complete

5. ‘Postcards’

6. ‘Speakeasy’ ft. Jeswon

7. ‘Holy Water’

8. ‘Hypocrite’ ft. Eli Greeneyes

9. ‘Minor Interruption (interlude)’

10. ‘Better Alone’

11. ‘Problem Here’ ft. Complete and Eli Greeneyes

12. ‘Oh Shit!!’

13. ‘Hollywood Hills’

14. ‘Keys to The City’ ft. Dune Rats

15. ‘Release Me’ ft. Hunter, Layla and Dazastah

If you’re lucky enough to live in Western Australia atm, make sure you catch his tour.

Worldwide – grab a copy of this album.



Aussie hiphop king Drapht releases brilliant new album Shadows and Shinings, an introspective and complex release demonstrative of Drapht’s impressive penchant for reinvention, out September 10 – and available here now.  

The new album Shadows and Shinings is a step into new territory for Drapht, but that’s no surprise – Drapht has proven album after album that he will always challenge himself as an artist and push the genre of Aussie hiphop in exciting directions with every release.  Shadows and Shinings is a 15-track adventure through the human psyche, contemplative and deep, but still full to bursting with addictive beats and clever production.

Finished during the lockdowns of 2020, Drapht explains the process behind the album, This album to me has been one big purge and a reset for the most part.  It kind of feels like it’s meant to be slotted in just after my 2011 release The Life of Riley.  Some song ideas had been following me around for 8 or 9 years, with others only being a few months.  For the most part I owe finishing it to the isolation period in 2020.  I had a lot of time to reflect on the identity and the relationships that came with making music.  I found a lot of peace in letting go, going back to what I knew worked and concentrating on the people who truly matter… I worked with a heap of killer guests and friends on this project. There’s a lot of cathartic venting within the subject matter, but in all, it was the easiest and most enjoyable album I have made to date. I truly believe this is my best stuff.”

Drapht is a national treasure at this point, with platinum records, multi-platinum and gold singles and two ARIA awards under his belt.  Shadows and Shinings is a stellar addition to his discography and will further prove his complete legend status, not just in the world of Aussie hiphop, but across the entire Australian music industry.  Luckily, fans in Western Australia will have the chance to see Drapht live on his tour in September – giving fans a taste of what to expect, Drapht says, “You can expect your old mate, backed by a high energy, six-piece live band of friends, and we’ll be playing 15 years worth of bangers.”

Shadows and Shinings is out today September 10 – grab it here now.


Fri, SEP 10
Drapht – Perth
Northbridge, Australia
Thu, OCT 14
Fremantle, Australia
Fri, OCT 15
Drapht – Geraldton
Bluff Point, Australia
Sat, OCT 16
Exmouth, Australia
Fri, OCT 22
Dampier, Australia
Sat, OCT 23
Port Hedland, Australia
Sun, OCT 24
Broome, Australia
Fri, OCT 29
Margaret River Wa, Australia
Sat, OCT 30
Bunbury Wa, Australia
Sun, OCT 31
Rockingham, Australia
Sat, NOV 6
Wine Machine – Tasmania 2021
Ranelagh, Australia
Thu, NOV 18
Kalgoorlie, Australia
Fri, NOV 19
Esperance, Australia
Sat, NOV 20
Albany, Australia

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Mary is a photographer and a writer, specialising in music. She runs where she endeavours to capture the passion of music in her photos whether it's live music photography, promotional band photos or portraits. She has photographed The Rolling Stones, KISS, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Patti Smith, Joe Strummer, PULP, The Cult, The Damned, The Cure, Ian Brown, Interpol, MUDHONEY, The MELVINS, The Living End, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses –just to name a few - in Australia, USA, Europe and the Middle East. Her work has been published in Beat magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Triple J magazine, The Age Newspaper, The Herald Sun, The Australian, Neos Kosmos,,,, She has a permanent photographic exhibition at The Corner Hotel in Richmond, Victoria Australia.