We had the good fortune of connecting with Lapierre and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lapierre, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
As a recently-graduated 22-year-old New England-grown kid who just arrived in LA for the first time with the sole purpose to find success in music, the only thing on my mind was to work on my craft. Five years later, and my mindset is still on my craft, but the balance has shifted drastically. In the early days, I spent hours and hours at a time working on music (studying, writing, practicing, marketing, etc.,). On the side, I would pick up odd jobs here and there to fund the music business, ultimately leaving little time (and money) for pleasure. Those times are completely necessary for any artist, or any working professional for that matter, who hopes to grow and develop. I learned what I was truly good at, what I needed to improve on (which was a lot), and most importantly what I wanted my music to reflect about me. But I reached a point about three years in that I knew I needed to find a happier balance. For the past two years, I’ve been extremely fortunate to hold a steady, full-time job. I was worried I would be exhausted after working eight hours a day, but I actually found the opposite happened. Now that I have a bit of structure, I am much more efficient in the time I dedicate to music. Then, after even an hour or two of music each day, I can shift my mind into its chill setting and enjoy non-work activities, like running squads with the crew on Fortnite or watching reality TV with bae. Give me a break, I just spent more than half the day working. I can afford to roast some brain cells.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been tempted to follow paths and trends in music to potentially get a little bit closer to what is generally regarded as “success.” But I decided a while ago that I would only do something if it makes me proud and happy. It’s easy to lose sight of what that is, which is why I made an entire album reminding myself. That pride and happiness is different for everyone, but THRIVE – the aforementioned album – draws on those basic emotions that we all feel as we reach for success. Making that project took years (four to be exact), and it was a constant struggle to remind myself that it was worth it. At the end of the day, I always came back to the same thought. If the message of the album resonates with even one person, THAT is a success.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents. My brother. My fiancée. My friends. I’d have zero motivation without my support system. But I also have to shoutout my favorite artists, like J. Cole, Kendrick, and JID, who continue to create the art that they want to and control the narrative in their own lives. One day I’ll thank them personally, especially since I know they’re dying to receive validation from me.
Alex Pappas, Jennifer Vivier. Jake Southard. Dan Knight.