10 quick questions with new Ambassador David Le’aupepe

Wednesday, 18 Jan 2017

Gang of Youths frontman David Le'aupepe is the latest songwriter to become an APRA AMCOS Ambassador. Not afraid to tell it like it is, David has spoken openly about the struggles he's faced over the years, and the important role songwriting has played in his life. 

Ahead of the band's appearance on the 2017 Laneway Festival tour and a residency in New York, David answered 10 quick questions about making music.


I write best when
I’m dangling on the precipice of a total annihilation of self. Or when I hear something I think is awful. 

My favourite place to write is
From darkness, elation, aspiration and empathy.

The song I wish I’d written was
The Book Of Love by The Magnetic Fields

The best lyric I’ve written is
Unlikely to be written any time soon, if at all.

The piece of gear I couldn’t do without is
A $60 Sony Dictaphone.

I realised music was a full-time career when
Nobody would hire me.

The one thing I wish I knew when I first started writing music is
Nobody is going to hire me.

Music is a powerful tool because
Tool make powerful music.

Copyright is important because
This packet of ramen won’t pay for itself.

I am an APRA AMCOS Ambassador because
I’m not a huge fan of clubs, but this one seemed like fun.

Watch David and Gang of Youths team up with Montaigne at the 2016 APRA Awards

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