Robert Laupert has always been a music addict. There is no lack of musical instruments in his environment either. And yet it took tremendously long until Robert turned into multi-instrumentalist L'aupaire. This road to the individual voice an...
Robert Laupert has always been a music addict. There is no lack of musical instruments in his environment either. And yet it took tremendously long until Robert turned into multi-instrumentalist L'aupaire. This road to the individual voice and timbre, however, is long and winding.
"I had tried this and that, such as enrolling myself for saxophone studies in the Netherlands for example. But I had no idea where I was heading with my creativity," L'aupaire muses, "so I scraped all my money together, packed my bags, and moved to Budapest Into a small flat close to the hip Jewish quarter. To use the self-chosen isolation to figure out what I really feel like doing, what really means something to me." A difficult period of time. A sorrowful period of time. But a tremendously creative one. "Because there I learned that, to me, some degree of suffering and pain always forms a part of one's creative work," he continues. "Without going through hardships, I wouldn't have been able to continue doing what I am doing now as consequently." And soon the songs started pouring from his pen like a waterfall.
But much writing still doesn't make a CD. Back from Budapest, L'aupaire's device is live gigging. Gigging as often as possible. For 2014 only, L'aupaire has more than 100 shows on his list. But even in terms of publications, he doesn't stand idly,
as his EP "Rollercoaster Girl" have shown. All of this finally leads to an invitation to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas. Which in turn provides a springboard for his onward journey to Los Angeles, where he meets Mocky, the soundscape artist who already refined the music of Peaches, Feist, Gonzales, or Jamie Lidell. "Mocky likes my pieces. We spent a lot of time together and created new songs,"L'aupaire points out. As devotedly as L'aupaire can now work and develop his compositions, as confidently he leads the songs to what mesmerizing pieces require: 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. Sometimes, one just has to be able to go long and winding roads to find one's very personal musical voice. Then it may sound all the louder though!