Robert Laupert (born in Frankfurt am Main) is a German folk pop musician and singer-songwriter who performs under the stage name L’aupaire.
The simplicity of the blues, full-bodied melodic arches of pop, and stories with strong, compelling narrative structures. And then there is this incredible voice, somewhere between Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. And the ability of letting his songs explode from every single note and thus provoke an unforgettable and matchless acoustic firework.
Some of his songs can be heard in movies and series. For example, he contributed several songs, including the title song “Waterfall”, for the film “Whatever Happens” with Fahri Yardım and Sylvia Hoeks, and the track “I Would Do It All Again” was used in the American series “iZombie”.
What first got you into music?
I became a music addict as a teenager and started jamming in a basement with my friends at a certain point. It was something new for me and I was able to feel the energy. I never felt before. It was the best thing ever.
How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Americana, indie rock, folk
What is your creative process like?
I love writing and producing songs and music. I want to do it for the rest of my life.
Who would you most like to collaborate with?
If you could go open a show for any artist, who would it be?
What is your favourite song to perform?
This summer I loved to play “Flamenco“ live. It was the first set of shows I was able to play new songs and this particular song was so much fun to do.
In your opinion, how do artists in this industry stay on top of the game when faced with so much competition? What’s the secret to making yourself noticed?
Never forget to have fun and enjoy your journey and every step of the way. There is so much pressure, challenges and really hard work to be done. You will be only able to get through it all if you keep a good feeling about doing it.
One’s love of music should always come first and should be handled with care. I highly recommend coaches or a therapist(s) and lots of rituals that keep you grounded.
What would you be doing right now if it weren’t for your music career?
Running a beach bar and taking a swim or surf every morning.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
Book me for a seminar – it’s not possible to answer that one shortly hahaha
What do you enjoy most about being an artist?
One of the best things: the creative and open-minded people I had the chance to meet and/or work with over the years. Sessions, projects, concerts in different places and parts of the world. That’s also one of the best parts of humanity, I guess.
Which famous musicians do you admire?
So so so so many. I love reading famous musician bio’s. Joni Mitchell. Neil Young. Dylan. Tom Waits. The Beatles.
Once in a while there is always someone who really sticks out and is somehow groundbreaking. For me at the moment: Phoebe Bridgers and Sharon van Etten
As a kid were you ever frightened of a monster under the bed or in the cupboard?
Most definitely and I hated to go to any basement.
What’s your favourite board game?
I hate them all except “Catan “
If you could learn any language fluently, what would it be?
French. It’s one of the best sounding languages for me 😉 after English. I chose latin and Spanish in school and totally regret it.
What’s your most expensive piece of clothing?
I spend a fortune for my cowboyish/country shoes, but I own them now over a decade and still love them.
What historical figure would you love to see in 21st century life?
Napoleon. I think that dude was nuts.
What makes you nostalgic?
Jazz ballads combined with red wine in November and December.
If you were talking to a younger version of you, what advice would you give yourself?
I always regret I haven’t spent a year in a different country in the 11th grade at school. I was too lazy to make it happen. I would totally help my younger self to do this.
What movie ending really frustrated you? And how would you change it?
I really hated the ending of Blacklist. I would re-write a more open ending and *spoiler alert* wouldn’t kill the main character. That felt unnecessarily dark and rough.