Dr. Draw finds the formula for musical success



Violinist Dr. Draw is currently touring Canada.


Being an instrumentalist was something Eugene Draw, a.k.a. Dr. Draw, had a strong passion for. But instead of having a cheering section he got a lot of flack when he started out.

With comments like, “You’ll never make it in this business,” and, “You’ll never sell any CDs with this type of music,” it only added fuel to the fire, making Dr. Draw even more determined to get out there and succeed.

“It’s incredible because now all the things that over the years people were telling me didn’t matter, and I was like, ‘Who set these rules?’” says Dr. Draw. “The thing about the music business is that, there are no rules — you can do what you want to do and success depends on so many different obscure factors. There’s no real formula to make it.”

Canada’s hottest new violinist, along with a complete band and string section, is in the middle of his annual Christmas holiday tour, which includes performances in many historic theatres across the country.

“To make it a whole lot crazier I decided to bring in a full string section and mix it in with some crazy visuals, so it’s quite an undertaking, a few holiday tunes and just crazy energy,” explains the 25-year-old.

Over the last year, Dr. Draw’s talents have gotten him invited to perform with Bette Midler in San Francisco, Seal in Hong Kong and for the prime minister of Singapore. He’s also travelled to Dubai, New York City, Seoul and Kuala Lumpur for concerts.

With a diverse list of influences, which includes David Bowie, Chopin, Mozart, Radiohead, U2, The Rolling Stones, The White Stripes, Sarah Brightman, and Smashing Pumpkins, it’s no wonder he’s been able to craft unique and interesting sounds.

A mixture of rock, classical, pop, electronica, fusion, world and new funk, Dr. Draw’s records — including his latest, Adaggio — are full of intense energy.

“There’s no direct influences. My main influence for creation is experiences I acquire throughout my life,” he says. “When it comes down musically, I grew up listening to a lot of Pink Floyd, a lot of modern classical, a lot of Led Zeppelin and stuff like that, but the Pink Floyd has a lot of influence for me.”

For more, visit www.myspace.com/doctordraw.

  • See it live: Dr. Draw plays the Music Hall Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are priced $30-$70. For details go to themusichall.ca.