The Draytones are an Anglo-Argentine music group formed in London, England in 2006. The same year they signed a record deal with 1965 Records, an independent record label based in London.
The Draytones were formed by Argentine guitarist Gabriel Boccazzi (from Buenos Aires) and drummer Luke Richardson (from Grimsby) in Camden, London in 2006. They wrote a handful of songs in Boccazzi's flat in Camden before meeting bassist Chris Le Good (from Twickenham).
Having played only 2 shows, the band were contacted through their myspace page by 1965 Records with regards to the band playing a show at the 'The Windmill Of Your Mind' night at The Windmill, Brixton with 1965 Records 1st signing, The View. It was at this, their 3rd ever show, that The Draytones were offered a record deal with 1965 Records. It was on this same night that they met Stan Kybert (Oasis, Paul Weller, Massive Attack) who later became the band's producer.
In September 2006 the band went in to The Dairy Studios, Brixton to record and mix their debut EP "Forever On" in 7 days with producer Stan Kybert.
They recorded 7 songs, 6 of which comprised the EP "Forever On" and 1 B-side. Their debut single, "Keep Loving Me", was released in 2007 - followed by the EP.
The song "Keep Loving Me" was used on a Mojo Magazine covermount entitled "Best Of British 2007", and as the backing music for the Official Formula One websites video highlight of the 2008 Monaco Grand Prix The Song "Time" was used on NME magazine "Independent Thinking -1965 Records"
The Draytones toured the UK extenively in 2007, including a Thursday night headline slot at Glastonbury Festival, RockNess, Dot To Dot festival, Lounge On The Farm festival and Summer Sonic festival, Tokyo/Osaka (Japan). In August they returned to the recording studio with Stan Kybert to record their debut LP Up in My Head. This time they chose Chapel Studios, Lincolnshire (only a few miles from drummer Luke Richardson's birth place) and recorded 15 songs in 16 days. The album was mixed at the newly opened Dean Street Studios, Soho, London (formerly the studio of Tony Visconti) in 5 days.
2008 began with the band recruiting Alex Gazettas (formerly of Steve Lamacq favourites White Man Kamikaze) to play keyboards. Following this they emberked on a bi-weekly residency at the 12 Barclub, Tin Pan Alley, London.
The Draytones were then personally invited to support Paul Weller on his UK tour in May after he heard the Up in My Head LP.
They played dates across the UK including Blackpool Empress Ballroom and Hammersmith Apollo, London. They were filmed throughout the tour by a TV crew from Argentina, filming a 13 part documentary for South American network television (to be aired late 2008)
The song "Don't Talk to Me" was used on the Clash Magazine covermount CD in April 2008. The single "Turn it Down" was released in April 2008. The album Up in My Head was released 5 May 2008.
In 2009, they visited a few countries performing, now with Andy Pickering playing the keyboards.
And from October to December, they completed the Friendship Tour South America- taking in Buenos Aires, provincial Argentina and a week in The Falkland Islands- becoming the first Anglo-Argentine band ever to do so, resulting in major network news coverage of the story in Argentina and worldwide.
The Draytones sign to My Major Company UK a Fan-funded music label which launched in the United Kingdom in October 2010. The band are one of the first ten artists in the labels launch roster.
Forever On (2007)(EP)
Up in My Head (2008)(LP)
Today's Memories (2012) (EP)
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