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HARRY DRAPER

Having picked up the guitar at age 10, Harry had always had an interest in music. He started playing in bands when he was just 12 years old and has continued that passion. He has always enjoyed live performances, that said, it wasn’t till he was 18 that he got involved in the theatre production of ‘We Will Rock You’ he really began to appreciate the vast skill behind Queen’s music. Harry has played in bands performing multiple instruments both guitar and bass, he was over the moon to be given the opportunity to join Supersonic Queen as their very own ‘John Deacon'

HARRY'S STORY

My musical Journey began in about 2007 when a neighbour said he was learning to play guitar, so I joined him with a local teacher. He taught me the first 4 bars to ‘Tie Your Mother Down’- I felt like a proper rockstar 

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8 Years later (through a couple of original bands in my early teens), I was asked to play guitar for a production of ‘We Will Rock You’. The band included some of the best pit musicians I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and I was hooked on performing the great music of Queen. However, this was still only on a guitar!  

 

This is when I put my guitar down for 2 years at University, whilst training to teach.  

Teaching being my ‘real job’ has allowed me the stability to keep a roof over my head. I was again contacted to do some pit work with the local Am Dram society, and fell back in love with music. 

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In 2018, I was on a night out and saw an advert ‘Guitarist Needed’, I applied and got a call to go to a rehearsal. Here I met James and played on occasional shows with him for the following couple of years until Covid hit. This put a halt to all my musical ventures (obviously).  

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Fast forward through to 2021, and I was struggling with my job, wanting to make a living of music, and looking for a way to move down to Northampton to live with my partner. This is when I sent James a photo of a bass amp asking if he needed a dep- 2 days later I got a call for a practise with Supersonic Queen  

 

 

​Frankly, I was shocking. I played a bass like a guitarist would, but the guys were so patient, pointing out the little Deacon nuances I should add to make me a better player. Rob Norman, our Spike, has a great ear for John Deacon parts and has literally taught me new sections before we walk onstage for a show. 

 

8 months later August came… we flew to Ireland and played the best show of my life to date (and I don’t remember a thing of it!). This band has allowed me to put my part to the legacy of Queen and their music whilst fulfilling a dream of being a ‘professional’ musician- and they are some of the nicest blokes I have had the pleasure of playing music with. It is a privilege to do what we do, and even more so to have such fun doing it!  

Harry Draper (John Deacon)

HARRY'S GEAR

Fender Vintage II Precision Bass- 1960 

Fender Player Precision Bass- White Scratch Plater replaced with Black 

Jim Dunlop Tortex 1.14mm

AKG Wireless Unit 

Boss TU3 Tuner 

Ampeg SCR Pre Amp 

 

Shure PSM300 Transmitter and Receiver 

KZ Audio Quad Driver Monitors.  

 

Shure SM58 Mic 

 

TourTech Stands and Cases.  

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