A Q&A with L’aupaire
From Frankfurt, based in Berlin, folk-pop Americana from L’aupaire
How did you get the title of your latest release, and what does it mean to you?
I personally hate cold and grey winters and everything about it. I would prefer a 12 month summer season. ‘Lisbon’ is a tribute to escaping the long and dark winter in Berlin. Taking the famous night train and waking up in different climate.
What do enjoy most about producing your own material?
I produced it during lockdown. I was really happy to get stuff done and continue writing and especially finishing songs. With two little kids at home in can get really tough – sometimes late nights and early morning shifts. I have a team of musicians sending me files here and there which helps a lot. I work with the drummer Dave Mette over a decade now and always really excited when he sends me his files – of course I miss being in the studio together.
What do you want the listener to take away from listening to your music?
I put everything in it. Always. My full heart. I hope they can feel that.
How does a track normally come together? Can you tell us something about the process?
I start with words, a riff or a melody. At one point I start a protools session and try to seek magic or something that gives me goosebumps. When I’m sure that I really like it and it can become a song I add overdubs and ask amazing musicians to contribute performances.
What band/artists have influenced you the most since you started this project, and why?
I really like the whole DIY process about music in our days. The freedom what you can do with just one mic and a laptop basically. The most famous examples are Bon Iver or James Vincent McMorrow. I definitely started after listening to their first albums.
When the world is back to normal where would like to tour, and why?
I especially like to go to new territories (I have never played in France or Spain somehow) and I would also love to come back to the UK (last shows in 2017) and the US.
If you could pick one track for our readers to listen to in order to get a taste of your music, what would you pick, and why?
‘Flamenco’. It feels really special to me. I can’t really explain why. It will be definitely a good point to start. It was the first song of a new chapter that we put out.
What ambitions do you have for the band/your career?
I used to dream big and wanted the world for me and my music. But now it’s more a day to day: I want to be happy and enjoy what I do. That’s the biggest success one can have I think. I’m glad I’m not twenty any more 😉
Finally, as you leave the stage, what are your parting words?
Let’s do this again really soon. Haha.
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