Polish cycling sensation KASIA sits down with Disc Breaks to talk Polish rap, growing up around music and shared pre-race playlists.

Disc Breaks: How old are you and where are you from?

KASIA: Hello! I'm still 22 and come from Poland! 🇵🇱

Disc Breaks: What is your Current City?

KASIA:Currently I live in Girona (Spain) a well known place for most of the cyclists.

Disc Breaks: Do you take on any musical tastes from where you’re based or your travels during the season?

KASIA: I think I rather take on musical tastes from people who are around me than from the certain places where I'm staying! I live in Spain but I have never been into Latin music! Or actually I liked 'Despacito' by Luis Fonsi when was just released - it made me wanna dance and brought a smile to my face everytime when I heard it BUT then it was played everywhere and every 10 minutes - so simply I got fed up with it… like probably most of the people.

Disc Breaks: What was the last race you did? What music were you listening to to get you through the transfers and travel?

KASIA: My last race was La Course and I was listening to 'set free' Tube&Berger - of course listening to it in headphones when volume is turned up really high! This song just found me before the start and I couldn't get rid of it in my mind.

Disc Breaks: Is that how you’re normally finding new music, just letting it come to you from nowhere in particular? Or are you going out and looking for new music in all sorts of different places?

KASIA: Normally I let music to find me, I’m not looking for any particular songs because usually I cannot find anything what appeal to me!

Disc Breaks: What music do you remember growing up around? Who was the first person to get you into music?

KASIA: My Dad! He used to sing for me and my siblings when we were young! He played the guitar and drums so I was growing up pretty much with a music!

Disc Breaks: That’s pretty cool. What sort of music would he play and sing? Does he still play and sing? I am just imagining what it would be like if my old man were playing and singing to my family and it’s not pretty haha.

KASIA:  When he was younger around 20 years old together with his friend he set up a small band! They used to play all sort of music! As he said they had no fear about facing any song! So as my siblings and I were born he gave up playing for people and started to give us a small shows! 'Let it be' or 'Nie płacz ewka' 'Moja mała blondyneczka' are his fav! And yes he is still playing and singing, even more now because of my sister's little son.

Disc Breaks: What is the first song you remember liking?

KASIA: ‘Because it's love' The Kelly Family! I just love this song!!!! First song that I fell in love with! It can take me back instantly to a moments of my childhood! Hearing it I forget about present and again I'm 8 years old little girl.

Disc Breaks: Did you play a music instrument as a kid?

KASIA: As I mentioned previously my Dad plays different instruments so of course I have got plenty of opportunities to give a try... but it wasn't successful I attended guitar classes but after few months I just gave up and realized that I'm not musically talented - I started to look for something where I could be good at!

Disc Breaks: Did that lead you straight to bike riding or did you do a few other things first? Are your siblings musical like your dad?

KASIA: I have always been active child so I couldn't have imagined myself doing nothing, so again I have to mention my Dad who actually has the same character as me, or I have the same as he and he showed me cycling after unsuccessful trying with running or team sports! My sister she has great voice! As a child she won a lot of singing competitions but after few years she chose to give up as she wasn't super happy and decided to go into different direction! And my brother - he's as good as me - so it means not really musician gifted hehe.

Disc Breaks: If you could go back and learn a musical instrument, which would it be and why?

KASIA: I think if I could be back as a kid and had again a chance to choose instrument that I want to play - I would go for piano! I love it relaxing sound! But to tell the truth I'm also super obsessed with bass guitar sound. Listening to it gives me chills all over my body! When I was younger I always used to joke that my husband will be bass guitarist.

Disc Breaks: That’s interesting, normally everyone’s after the guy that plays lead guitar and the bass guys get left till last. Have you had any luck so far? What would you want to play on the piano?

KASIA: Yes exactly! That's why I like it even more! They are always in the shadow, like mystery guys.. and no.. I haven't had that luck yet I would love to play 'you are beautiful' James Blunt.

Disc Breaks: What musical phases have you been a part of throughout your life? What songs defined each of those phases? E.g punk, mod, raver, emo etc.

KASIA: When I was around 14 I started to date with kind of 'hip hop man' who was always wearing super baggy pants and listening to over again and again Polish hip hop music! At first I didn't like any of that songs but with time I got more and more into it! Started to dress like him and following his lifestyle!  It was all about Polish artist so I guess for foreigners it has to sound so bad! but check it out my favorite song at that time WBU - Zlodzieje Marzen.

Disc Breaks: That song isn’t so bad to be honest, definitely different to UK and US rap music. What was the first album you bought with your own money?

KASIA: Polish Band 'Ich Troje' Ad.4 it was like I asked my Dad to give me a money and then I bought it so I don't know if it counts?

Disc Breaks: That counts, I think I did something similar with my first album. Did your dad approve of your choice?

KASIA: Yes!!! He was big fan of them as well! :)

Disc Breaks: What was the first gig / concert you remember going to?

KASIA: When I was around eight or nine I went with my parents to see 'Ich troje' I still remember how excited I was! Could not stay still for even one second!

Disc Breaks: What's the best gig / concert you've been to?

KASIA: I feel like best concerts are still ahead of me! In the past few years I haven't been at any concert - and I want to change it! Like badly! And my bucket list is looooooong!

Disc Breaks: Yeah you definitely have to fix that. Who’s on your bucket list?

KASIA: James Blake, Avici, Lana del Rey, Florence+The machine, Bednarek, Robin Schulz, Rihanna, Bjonr

Disc Breaks: Who's a teammate with the worst musical taste you’ve had to endure?

KASIA: Haha good question! I have been riding for Dutch team since 2014 and somehow still can not convince myself to enjoy their music! And sometimes before the race Dutchies play it out and I just want to run away from the bus! But I don't have any specific teammy who drives me crazy with her music.

Disc Breaks: That hurts. What sort of music do they play?

KASIA: Dutch music - Dutch words - Dutch rhythm, hard to explain! You really have to listen to it.

Disc Breaks: How about the teammate with the best music taste?

KASIA: I don't feel like I had any teammy with music taste that I like!

Disc Breaks: What song would you listen to to get pumped for a big stage / race?

KASIA: 'En slags pop music' Lukas Nystrand von unge I listen to this song every time before race! It gives me that sense of calmness which I really need! And as with every song that I mentioned so far I have good memories connected with this song.

Disc Breaks: So you want to calm yourself before a big race? What are the good memories associated with? Racing or life?

KASIA: It's more associated with my private life! And what I have noticed - when everything goes well in that zone then cycling seems to be so much easier! ;)

Disc Breaks: Does anyone take control of the music on the bus and what do they play?

KASIA: There is no specific person who is responsible for music in the bus! We keep swapping bus DJ - sometimes before stage race we create our playlist with all songs that we like, for example during Giro Rosa we had small mix with polish English and Dutch songs! From new released hits to really old classic ones! 'Could you be loved' Bob Marley was my best one! Listening to it I imagine in my head that I'm at the beach with big delicious drink enjoying my lifeeeee and then I open my eyes put glasses on and vamoooooos.

Disc Breaks: I like that idea of creating a team playlist, it’s hard to get everyone out of their headphones and listening together before a race. How very organised and diplomatic of you girls.

KASIA: Yes I agree! When everyone is with headphones you cannot create a great fighting atmosphere before the race! Music brings us together and gives a good motivating kick.

Disc Breaks: Have you ever had a ‘victory’ song or a track you associate with any performance, good or bad?

KASIA: 'Sex on Fire’ Kings of Leon!!!!!!!

Disc Breaks: Which race?

KASIA: Strade Bianche 2017

Disc Breaks: Have you ever worn your iPod during a race?

KASIA: No! But I was thinking about putting my headphones in during TT in Borsele (Holland) it's like typical Dutch course! Small roads, super windy and horrible lap!

Disc Breaks: What song would you put on to get the party started?

KASIA: it depends with who I would be at the party! When with my Polish friends for sure I would play one of the most terrible and stupid song that everyone hates but at same time everyone knows the lyrics! Like we have in Poland type of music called: disco-polo! You cannot listen to it but when you get a little bit drunk and you just want to fool around, the songs are just perfect to have fun with! For instance:

Kolorowa sukienka- Long&Junior

Kici kici miał- Markus P

They are really bad.. but when I'm with my polish mafia I just love them because I laugh till I cry!

Disc Breaks: The Disco-polo genre is very weird, those two tracks are like nothing I’ve heard before. The video clip for the Kitty song is amazing, so so weird and incredibly funny. Both clips are amazing actually, I can see the ironic appeal. Judging by the views on these videos Disco-polo is popular in Poland?

KASIA: Yeeeees! Definitely!!! It's like everyone is super ashamed to admit to listening to this music but when any of this disco-polo song is played out, everyone starts singing, knowing the words perfectly!

Disc Breaks: Does musical taste influence how well you’re going to get along with someone? If so what’s a song that if someone played would let you know you’d probably get along?

KASIA: Yes! definitely! Once my friend sent me 'History lesson' Nicolas Jaar and immediately I knew I'm gonna like him as a person!

Disc Breaks: Were you already into Nicolas Jaar or was it completely new to you but it just clicked immediately? That’s a good friend by the way, keep them. I’m actually going to see Nicolas Jaar play tonight, I cannot wait.

KASIA: It was completely new for me! And yes! Was super nice to see him together.

Disc Breaks: That was an unbelievable coincidence. Is there a song that if someone played would instantly put you off them?

KASIA: Hmm I don't think there is any song that would discourage me to someone! I'm trying to be open for every type of music.

Disc Breaks: Have you ever played a song to impress a person/group? If so, what was it?

KASIA: Yeah! Definitely I have done it many times especially when I was younger and not sure what I really like to listen to! And when I was hanging out with that guy who was fond of hip hop music! Firma 'Ide bandą, lece łukiem'.

Disc Breaks: I have done the same. That song sounds intense, not that I have any idea what they’re saying, did playing that work?

KASIA: This song is craaaazy! And entire 'Firma' band! It worked out!

Disc Breaks: A song you’re embarrassed to admit you like, but listen to often?

KASIA: 'Si jamais j'oublie' - Zaz

Disc Breaks: Which song would you choose to soundtrack the highlights reel of your career?

KASIA: 'The one - radio edit' - Lane8

Disc Breaks: What’s the best way to listen to music?

KASIA: when you are alone - headphones turned up really high with shut eyes! I love this moment - my head goes crazy.

Disc Breaks: If you were colonising Mars and could only take one album, what would it be?

KASIA: ‘Born to Die’ - Lana Del Rey

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