Interview w/ L'aupaire
‘When I Fall’ is the latest addition to L’aupaire’s compelling catalogue and is lifted from his third LP due out Spring 2022. Featuring poetic lyrics and a reflective vibe, 'When I Fall' is a unique offering of stunning instrumentation and laid-back vocals.
Please talk us through the meaning of your calming new single 'When I Fall“
“When I Fall“ was written a year ago. I came out of some dark and really challenging times. I guess “When I Fall“ is a reflection of that time in my life and it shows a character who is lost and disconnected but still longing for a deep bond with someone.
Do you have to be in a certain mood to write?
I used to do late night sessions with myself with a glass of red wine working all night. Really loved the nights in my twenties I guess (haha).
Today I basically try to write every day and my process has really changed after over 10 years of writing music and words (I’ve started in 2011 to write my first songs). It’s really helps to be connected to your emotions and yourself. The right balance between patience and getting sh*it done is really important. Songs come and go. Themes evolve and vanish.
After all these years it is still a huge mystery and I’m really glad that it is not possible to figure it out how a song of mine comes to life.
How was the recording and writing process for "When I Fall’?
I was producing remote in lockdown with the help of outstanding musician friends. Markus Vollmer plays mandolin and guitar. Joe Harvey Whyte plays pedal steel. And my longtime collaborator Dave Mette added drums and percussion. Dave and I work now together for over a decade which feels amazing. My general experience with this remote production stuff is good and bad. Most of all - I like the limitation of it all. You can’t re-do stuff a lot cause everyone is busy. They play and I’m trying to make it work afterwards. But I’m dreaming about a big studio session in future.
Where do you live? What’s the music scene like?
I live in Berlin. It’s really vibrant. Before the pandemic I was able to see “The Strokes“ and “The National“ live - I think it was in the same week. There is a lot of things going on. You can always go somewhere but then in real life you don’t but know deep within yourself you could ;-)
Who are your favourite artists you have found yourself listening to at the moment?
Kevin Morby, Sharon Van Etten, Angus & Julia Stone, Lucy Dacus, Lord Huron and many more.
Lastly, what's next for L'aupaire?
I will play two more shows this year and then I will be at home finishing my next album. In winter I’ll try to take some time off. Recharge and ready for the next steps.
Check out the music video for 'When I Fall':