Lachlan Morton – Dimension Data
LACH has been riding bikes and listening to music for ages, so long that only science can accurately determine which came first and that information is classified. We sent the notoriously difficult to contact guy a fax whilst he was on top of a mountain preparing for his first grand tour to find out how much emo music is just the right amount.
Disc Breaks: What race have you just finished? What music did you have on rotation during transfers and travel?
LACHLAN: The last race I did was the tour of Suisse. I had the new Kodak Black album ‘Painting Pictures’ on pretty heavy rotation.
Disc Breaks: What was the vibe at the race? It’s a brutal one from what I can gather watching and hearing stories. I’ll often latch onto an album or band when I’m at a race not necessarily premeditated it just kinda happens and then by the next race or even when I get home I’ll switch to something completely different, often never coming back to that album again for years. Is that the same for you?
LACHLAN: Yeah I make a conscious effort to download a bunch of new music before I go to a race or the day before when I'm sitting in the hotel. It's usually done in a rush and without any research, just the old iTunes new music skim. That usually results in 4 to 5 new albums, one of which I really like and therefore listen to for the duration of the race. If the race goes well you kind of attatch positive memories to the album (Amir obè at tour of California) and it stays in rotation. I remember looking forward to the second XX album for ages and then finally getting it during the tour of Britain 2012 as a stagier and the album was ruined for me for like a year.
Disc Breaks: What music do you remember growing up around? Who was the first person to get you into music?
LACHLAN: When I was really young I remember the travelling wilburys the most. That came from my parents. After that the white stripes, the offspring , the strokes and Limp Bizkit. All my brothers influence.
Disc Breaks: Obviously you’re my brother so much of these are the same for me and so no surprise but I don’t think I’ve ever asked you your favourites are from these artists?
LACHLAN: Wilburys - Margarita; White Stripes - The Air Near My Fingers; Limp Bizkit - Boiler.
Disc Breaks: I have lots of memories from all these bands actually but one that sticks in my mind is when I bought a Limp Bizkit CD and mum wanted to know what kind of foul language we’d be exposed so she randomly played the song that says “fuck” like 50 times in the car and we all just sat silently until it made Emily (our sister) cry? That was bad. Do you remember any other good music related stories from our youth?
LACHLAN: That one stands out. I remember driving to school with mum and we would always listen Romeo and Juliet by dire straits and Angie by the Rolling Stones. Also dad making us listen to 'rain forest sounds' on the way to go camping at our old farm.
Disc Breaks: The rainforest sounds were the absolute worst. As I think about that now I just realised he would only ever play it as we were driving through the rainforest, but never somewhere devoid of nature, like the middle of a big city, it makes no sense. Did you play a music instrument as a kid?
LACHLAN: Not really, I had a keyboard that I fucked around with but never seriously.
Disc Breaks: What is the first song you remember liking?
LACHLAN: Ah that's hard. It's hard to work out what you really liked for yourself and not what just what you were exposed to. To hard.
Disc Breaks: True. What musical phases have you been a part of throughout your life and what songs defined each of those phases? E.g punk, mod, raver, emo etc.
LACHLAN: Ah I guess like 12-15yrs was more punk and rock. A little bit of Emo. 15-18yrs I definitely got into dance and electronic music. 18-21yrs I started listening to more rap and since then it's kind of a mix of all the tastes I had until now.
Disc Breaks: Do any songs stick out from those periods? I remember The Used, Coheed and Cambria, Chili Peppers, The Presets, Justice, a pretty broad spectrum.
LACHLAN: Yep all these plus Oasis , The Transplants , Kings of Leon , Box Car Racer, The Darkness, any ed banger, Soul Wax , At The Drive In, Van She!... so many to remember
Disc Breaks: Ah man, so many good ones there. Have you ever played a song to impress a person or a group of people? If so, what was it?
LACHLAN: I remember playing fever ray to a girl to impress her and now she's my wife.
Disc Breaks: What was the situation that prompted you to play that track? Was it to get her attention initially or was it already early days of the relationship?
LACHLAN: We were driving to this swimming hole, it was our first date. The drive was like over an hour. I had the cd in the car and figured that would leave a good impression. Don't know why.
Disc Breaks: I guess it worked, or at least wasn’t so bad that she didnt want to spend the rest of her life with you. Did you have any music at your wedding?
LACHLAN: No music at our wedding, it was at a registry in Parramatta. We went and danced at Good God that night though, I don't remember what music though.
Disc Breaks: What was the first album you bought with your own money?
LACHLAN: Uff no idea. It was all about burning cd's in high school. It was probably something on iTunes when I finally got an I iPhone. Actually maybe Americana by the offspring. I think that was it.
Disc Breaks: I thought that was a sick album, recently listened and it’s kinda hurting now.
LACHLAN: Yeah but at the time it was great. The actual song Americana is still pretty great.
Disc Breaks: I’ll have to have a re-listen to that track. What was the first gig / concert you remember going to?
LACHLAN: I went to a festival at red rocks called monolith when I was 15. I went solo, dad dropped me off, I remember seeing TV on the radio, the kills and justice and sneaking backstage. It was awesome.
Disc Breaks: (Laughs) You hang out with anybody who was playing?
LACHLAN: Yeah The Kills had just finished. I spoke to them in the bar area. I was pretty wasted.
Disc Breaks: I love that story. What's the best gig / concert you've been to?
LACHLAN: Nicolas jaar in Denver with Rach and Taylor last year. Was an epic show with like 3 or 4 encores and just a classic night that ended at a diner at like 3 or 4 in the morning.
Disc Breaks: If you could be incredible at playing a musical instrument, which would it be and why?
LACHLAN: Piano, so much you can do with a keyboard now.
Disc Breaks: What sort of music would you want to play or make?
LACHLAN: I dunno something electronic, probably dark and sad Hah.
Disc Breaks: Deep. Who's a teammate with the worst musical taste you’ve had to endure?
LACHLAN: Thomas Dekker was always into some pretty shitty pop Edm but he could really pull it off. I don't know how but he just could.
Disc Breaks: What do you mean by ‘pull it off?’ Pull it off as in his vibe convinced you that you too now liked the music whilst in his presence or that he just suited the music so well it somehow made it an enjoyable experience? Any tracks that you can remember? I really want to have this in the playlist.
LACHLAN: Think 'I took a pill in Ibiza'. It fitted his vibe perfectly at the time. Like you know you shouldn't like it but you can't deny it’s catchy and then you find yourself singing along.
Disc Breaks: I do know. How about the teammate with the best music taste?
LACHLAN: Hej always had good taste in rap.
Disc Breaks: I cannot picture that, just by looking at him I mean. What rap music?
LACHLAN: Man of the year, enough said.
Disc Breaks: What song would you listen to to get pumped for a big stage / race?
LACHLAN: Um, depends on the mood. Sometimes you want to be angry so I'll listen to rap, sometimes you need to get yourself positive so I'll listen to some flume or something. Sometimes you want to pretend you’re somewhere else so I'll listen to some Nicolas jaar or something similar.
Disc Breaks: Who takes control of the music on the bus and what do they play?
LACHLAN: Depends on the team, currently it seems to be the bus driver. Seems to be generic rock radio stations. Playing it safe.
Disc Breaks: A few people have said that actually. Do you have the same bus driver all the time and what type of dude is he? I think you’ve gotta be a pretty interesting character to end up driving cycling team buses. I don’t think there’s any real qualification for that, at least for the one’s I’ve experienced.
LACHLAN: He is a Spanish guy, a real humble quiet guy who works really hard. Amazing cook and always makes each rider an espresso before the start. I think it's a surprisingly stressful job , finding the finish, parking the giant bus in some tiny euro village, making the post race meal, finding the hotel asap, making the bus brand new after we destroy it post stage. I have a lot of respect for the drivers, regardless of their musical taste.
Disc Breaks: That’s exactly it, they’re always so much more than just a bus driver, it would be a tough job. Have you ever had a ‘victory’ song or a track you associate with any performance, good or bad?
LACHLAN: Ah this year … Rose Gold - Kid Kudi
Disc Breaks: What race is that associated with?
LACHLAN: Oman and Cali
Disc Breaks: Have you ever worn your ipod during a race?
LACHLAN:Yeah, tour of romandie 2014 , I knew I'd be in groupetto. It was great, passed the time. Some old Italian pro didn't like it. He was yelling , but I could really hear him over the music.
Disc Breaks: What were you listening to? Who was the guy who got pissed? I love that he cared about the image of grupetto. It’s like caring what the guy on the practice squad is wearing on game day. They’re still part of the team but let’s be honest, no one’s watching them.
LACHLAN: He was in lampre at the time, I think he is with UAE now. I saw him this year and I'm pretty sure that's the guy. The most Italian. Can't remember what I was listening to at that time. I thought it was amusing because he was taking it very seriously and I wasn't, but we were in the same group, except I had tunes. To be honest I needed it to keep me sane at that point.
Disc Breaks: What song would you put on to get the party started?
LACHLAN: The Party - Justice
Disc Breaks: Makes sense. A song that if someone played would instantly make you attracted to them?
LACHLAN: Clair De Lune - Flight Facilities or Living it Up - Ja Rule
Disc Breaks: Hahaha any Ja Rule would work, especially anything from the Fast and Furious soundtrack. Or just a quote from him in that movie would probably do it come to think of it.
'It's not how you stand by your car.....it's how you race your car................you
better learn that.'
Disc Breaks: (loses shit laughing) too much. A song that if someone played would turn you off them immediately?
LACHLAN: Any flow rider.
Disc Breaks: This reminds me of the local pub dance room.
LACHLAN: Still bangs at the Macca
Disc Breaks: A song you’re embarrassed to admit you like, but listen to often?
LACHLAN: Sorry- Justin Bieber
Disc Breaks: Reasonable, definitely wouldn’t be shouting it from the rafters but don’t hate it. Which song would you choose to soundtrack the highlights reel of your career?
LACHLAN: Bohemian Like You - The Dandy Warhols
Disc Breaks: If you were colonising Mars and could only take one album, what would it be?
LACHLAN: High violet- the national
Disc Breaks: Good choice, why this album?
LACHLAN:: Just listen to it, has it all.