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Drapht backs music on indigenous rights

AAP logoAAP 3/10/2016 Danielle McGrane

Aussie rapper Drapht, real name Paul Reid, says the Australian music industry needs to get behind indigenous rights.

The rapper says hard-hitting hip-hop duo A.B.Original are bringing issues to light, and he supports their efforts to try and create change.

The duo, a collaboration between rappers Briggs and Trials, recently teamed up with singer Dan Sultan to release a track called January 26, which criticises how Australia Day is currently celebrated and how offensive it is to indigenous people.

"A.B. Original really created a stir, and a stir that we needed within Australia to be able to move forward with all the darkness that surrounds us still," Reid told AAP.

"These issues still haven't been resolved and this is a super important time for the indigenous people. It needs to happen and the Australian music industry needs to be behind that."

Music, Reid says, is part of his venting process but as a white male he doesn't feel he can rap about the issues A.B. Original discuss in their music.

"I say this to Trials and Briggs constantly. I support them 100 per cent but I am the privileged white man that they're talking about, so it's hard for me to be able to jump on my pedestal and share their message," he said.

Reid says he shows his support by sharing A.B. Original's music and message through his social media channels.

Reid has just released his fifth album Seven Mirrors, which deals with his difficult foray into the world of hospitality.

Reid left music temporarily to run his cafe in Perth, Solomon's, but it wasn't an easy transition.

"Six months down the track I said, 'what have I done', I had created a nightmare for myself," he said.

"I had never opened a hospitality-based venture before and I had to learn really quickly because the first year in small business is everything, as everyone knows, and there was a moment where you think 'well if I'm not here for 18 hours a day I could potentially lose it all'."

The hardship had a positive effect on Reid's music, inspiring him and providing him with the material to write an album within a year.

So he sold the restaurant and concentrated on creating Seven Mirrors.

"It's been amazing, one of the most liberating things I've ever done," he said.

"But it's a plan of mine in the future to come back to hospitality."


October 6 - Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba

October 7 - The Triffid, Brisbane

October 8 - Metro Theatre, Sydney

October 9 - Club 54, Launceston

October 13 - Granada Tavern, Hobart

October 14 - 170 Russell, Melbourne

October 15 -The Gov, Adelaide

October 21 - Prince Of Wales, Bunbury

October 22 - Capitol, Perth

December 16 - Discovery, Darwin

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