Dr Draw – March 5, 2012
Spellbinding. Mesmerizing. One to watch. These are just some of the descriptors that come to mind when you think about Eugene Draw, tour de force behind his band, Dr. Draw. The ‘Beethoven of Beats’ hasn’t quite slowed down since first landing on the Canadian music scene a decade ago. His high-energy performances, complete with his trademark, mile-high jumps, have won Draw critical acclaim among his musical peers and international regard.
Citing such diverse influences at Chopin, Charles Minges, David Bowie and Pink Floyd, with elements of African percussion, Indian ragas, North American folk music and reggae all finding their place here and there throughout Dr. Draw’s compositions. Draw comes by his unique musical masala with honesty. When various traditional melodies from around the world are added to the mix, it becomes easier to find both something familiar in his music and at the same time be intrigued by what is unusual and novel. Though his genre is not so easy to determine, Dr. Draw’s style is all his own, emanating in his performances, and flowing through each of his albums. Setting the example that music has no limits, Draw continues to explore all kinds of musical avenues, and quite like a mad scientist, blends seemingly ill-fitting combinations – Classical, Rock & Roll, Russian Folk, Electronica, Jazz, Hip Hop , Blues and others – into undeniably brilliant compositions. Guitar, electric harp, bass, keyboards, and drums back up Dr. Draw in an extraordinary band.