Draper has remixed everything from Passion Pit to Ellie Goulding. And while he first gained recognition at 18 for this work, production and songwriting was the path he was meant to follow. The UK native is on the rise and dazzling every artist he works with.

His latest single, 'Break Over You', is a collaboration with synth-poppers, Prides. And what do you know, we have the track streaming here for your listening pleasure.

I caught up with Draper via email to find out how it is he got to where he is today- from small town dreamer to scaling his way up the ladder of success in the music industry. Prepare to go under the influence with Draper.

What was it like growing up in Kent?

Rural. I like the countryside a lot, but when you need to buy something useful or go somewhere, good luck.

What are some of your earliest memories of music? What was played around the around the house when you were growing up?

An early memory with music was listening to Lighthouse Family's 'High' in the car quite often. My mum used to listen to Steely Dan a lot and my dad was more rock, like The Who.

What music were you drawn to when you started having control over what you listened to?

My first CDs were Avril Lavigne and 50 cent - I was quite confused. Eclectic more like. I remember listening to production even from a young age. I always wanted to know how to make electronic drums and synths.

When did you start writing your own music? Did you start by learning live instruments or did you begin by doing remixes?

Around the age of 16 I started using some software to record sounds from a keyboard I borrowed from a friend; it was a slow learning curve but eventually I moved onto instruments. I'm a drummer first so it was hard to incorporate my main instrument when I didn't have the equipment.

You received serious accolades when you dropped your first EP in 2010. How did you feel when you saw how other people were reacting to it?

I was very pleased! I never expected it to do much, but when people were uploading it to Youtube, I found it interesting that maybe I could keep doing it and releasing music.

Since then you have done some serious work as a solo artist and writer/ producer for others. Some of it while still at University. Was there anything in particular that influenced your music while you were there?

Absolutely, when I heard Doctor P's remix of Fenech Soler I was heavily influenced by the synth fest and epicness of it. Dubstep was big at the time and I wanted to do a more chilled out version...

You not only write your own music but write for others, as well. Do you start out writing a song now knowing if it will be for you or for another, or is that already pre-planned before the writing takes place?

Every session/artist is different. Sometimes, but quite rarely, it'll be pre-written but it's often harder to write to something that's already made. A compromise is to write a small idea that shows the character but not a fully-fledged track, so there's headroom to sculpt it. It's much more fun writing from scratch though. It's also better that way to get exactly what the artist wants to achieve from the song.

What do you do differently to get into the mindset of writing a song meant for another artist to perform rather than yourself? Do you study up on that artist in any way?

Absolutely, I'll check out their style and what they're currently doing. That'll help me pick out the sonics they like, even what bpms they naturally steer towards.

Not only do you write, but you produce these songs as well. While these two endeavors are forever entwined, they take very different sets of skills. Do you write songs with production in mind, or do you take things one step at a time?

Writing and production happen at the same time for me. I try to only use sounds that work with the vibe of the track otherwise you can get used to something you've used and leave it in, when a better sound/sonic could've been used.

Have you ever found it difficult to produce your own music or music you've written for others?

My own music has never really been hard, I write and I write and I use only the best. Writing from scratch in a session can be hard sometimes if you don't catch a vibe but it's a challenge which is what makes you better!

Who are some producers, living or dead, which you have drawn influence from when it comes to putting the puzzle pieces of a track together?

Flume, Madeon, Haywyre. Those are 3 of my top producers right now that I really pay attention to their techniques and remind me that you can do whatever you want!

What first drew you to remixing songs? Who were some remixers that you listened to that set the bar for you?

The first thing I did as 'Draper' was remixes on a website called indabamusic. It's how I honed my skills to write my first ep. I didn't really listen to much electronic music by that point. It was still Sum41 or Linkin Park and I didn't know much about remixing.

How do you determine which song to remix and which not to? Are there certain criterion a song needs to be properly remixed?

The vocals. First and foremost, if I don't connect with the topline I won't do it!

What about remixing sets it apart from "covering" a song? Or is there no difference at all?

Remixing is a spectrum, at one end is rewriting the track but keeping the overall structure and progression of the vocals, the other is taking one small snippet of the vocal and writing a somewhat irrelevant track then dropping the vocal sample here and there. I like to rewrite the track as a whole, I find it much more rewarding.

Lastly, are there any artists you are still hoping to get a call from asking to write music together?

Chris Martin.