SPOTLIGHT ON SEAFRET
4SEE meets up with Seafret, an indie pop, folk duo from a coastal town of UK.

Photography BERT SPANGEMACHER
Text F. GONZALEZ

Chance meetings just may be this duo’s charm; a fortuitous introduction at an open mic night was the beginning of this Bridlington UK duo and also the moment when music producer Ross Hamilton, in the crowd, saw them play in a pub. Since 2011, vocalist Jack Sedman, guitarist and pianist Harry Draper have been cultivating their sound that reflects their upbringing and experiences in a coastal town.

Like a “seafret”, mist coming inland, their music is neoteric folding waves of atmospheric sound on top of their acoustic-folk core. The duo come from dissonant musical influences but converge to produce indie-acoustic-folk songs of honesty, love, longing, failure and redemption. Seafret is centred on an earnestness to let the music connect on its own.

This year Seafret is on tour sharing their upcoming release–Most Of Us Are Strangers.

Interview:  02/2020 with Seafret

British indie Pop Duo Seafret by Bert Spangemacher
SEAFRET
Jack Sedman (vocals) // Harry Draper (guitar/piano)

Artist Name Seafret
Genre Indie Pop, Folk
Members Jack Sedman (vocals), Harry Draper (guitar/piano)
Based in Bridlington, UK
Playing since 2011
Listen to us on www.seafret.com

Describe your band / music / style in three words.
Harry—Our music varies a lot from track to track so choosing three words is a tricky one! We would have to say exposed, honest, explosive.

What did you listen to when growing up?
Jack—We both listened to very different things growing up. Harry was into blues and bluegrass music as he was shown them by his dad and I was influenced by my parents who were into more left field music like Tom Waits and The Pixies.

Music icon(s) and the reason why.
Harry—My icon would have to be John Martyn. His style influenced the way I play guitar today and he was the reason I wanted to play.

Jack—My main influence when I really got into music was Bob Dylan. He was the one who showed me how powerful simple melody and chords could be.

portraits of SEAFRET at raw studios berlin
SEAFRET
Harry Draper (guitar/piano) // Jack Sedman (vocals) // Eyewear by PERSOL Calligrapher Edition PO3166S

Who are you listening to right now?
Jack—We listen to everything we can and try not to shy away from any genres. Michael Kiwankuka has been played a lot in the house recently. Also been listening to Oliver Tree and Hobo Johnson. Both are pretty out there but full of amazing production and lyrics.

What is the craziest / funniest thing that’s happened on tour?
Jack—Every day on tour is mental but one that comes to mind is when we were in America we ended up in a room with Liberace’s piano. It was surreal and full of diamonds. Harry had a little play on it. ‘Course he did….

Favorite performance venues or music festivals? And why?
Harry—Two come to mind, our first show in Brazil was insane! The crowds were wild and sang every word. The other was our first time playing Glastonbury, we must have had 5,000 people in a tiny tent, the crowd just went on and on outside and people were trying to get in….that was an experience we’ll never forget!

Three words to describe your fans.
Jack—Honest, loving and slightly crazy.

Favorite eyewear brand?
Harry—We both tend to wear Ray-Ban, being from the north of England we don’t get many opportunities to wear them! Hence why we like playing abroad so much 🙂

Seafret, Jack and Harry shot by Bert Spangemacher
SEAFRET
Jack Sedman (vocals) Eyewear by OLIVER PEOPLES Rikson // Harry Draper (guitar/piano) Eyewear by RAY-BAN Aviator Classic

What is next for you, an immediately upcoming tour or EP/Album?
Harry—The tour will happen and the album is coming out about half-way through it! We can’t bloody wait! It’s the best feeling ever. [note: Seafret is currently on tour as of 26 Feb. 2020)

Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time, where would you like to see your band / music and at what scale?
Jack—We would like to see the fan-base of Seafret grow as much as we can without forcing people to like it haha! We feel super lucky to have the chance to do this and will always be grateful for the fans we have. We do this because we love it; no other reason. We’ve put everything we have into this album and we hope everyone enjoys it as much as we enjoyed making it!

Seafret vocalist Jack Sedman by Bert spangemacher
Jack Sedman (vocals) wears OLIVER PEOPLES Rikson
Seafret guitarist Harry Draper by Bert spangemacher
Harry Draper (guitarist / pianist) wears RAY-BAN Aviator Classic