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 coalesce dense lyricism with a luminous flare.
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 mixtape ‘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 project's current nomination for Best Album at the Cardiff Music Awards 2020. He is currently working on his next project, spearheaded by his latest single 'Dead Or Asleep' set to be released across streaming platforms in January 2021.