Agiris /'uh-guy-riss'/ is an alias of Welsh lyricist and performer Ryan Draper; born in 1995 and raised in Tredegar, an old mining town of the South Wales Valleys. The name derives from the synthesis of the iris and the periodic symbol for silver. A neat summation of his intent to produce tenebrous, poetic trip-hop music with a modern gothic aesthetic.
His history boasts numerous spoken word performances, including a stint with BBC 1Xtra’s Words First Campaign. Now dissolving those words into music, he self-released his first full-length collection ‘Anima’ in July 2019. Two of the tracks received plays on BBC Radio Wales with Adam Walton describing him as “deep, dense, mysterious and imminently intoxicating”.
Agiris has taken Anima across his native capital to the pastorals of rural Sweden through mystifying and electric live performances, resulting in the multi-faceted project's current nomination for Best Album at the Cardiff Music Awards 2020.
“Amongst the trees, where words are fruit, I’ll strive to be the picker. My ripened etymology, will taste a little slicker.” – Agiris (2018)