Lachlan Denton - "Stay in the present" - The Mind Map
By Rebecca Durband

Lachlan Denton – “Stay in the present”

Stay in the present and take everything as it comes.

Published 10/07/2018

Taking a step away from Australian guitar poppers The Ocean Party, Lachlan Denton has recently released his debut solo album ‘Two Months In Ben Woolley’s Room.’ A heartfelt offering, the album reflects on an eight-year relationship break up. We caught up with Lachlan to chat about staying in the moment, childhood memories playing hide and seek and Bruce Springsteen.

What are you listening to, reading and watching at the moment?

I’m listening to ‘Devotion’ by Laura Jean and reading Haruki Murakami’s ‘What I Talk About When I Talk About Running.’

What has been your biggest life challenge so far and what did you do to overcome it?

I can’t claim to have had a greatly challenging life. Putting out the first Ocean Party record was a steep learning curve. I try not t to get overwhelmed, taking things bit by bit.

What have you learned about yourself over the past five or so years?

I realised recently that I am a very sentimental person, for better or worse. I try and be rational and pragmatic. But, at the end of the day, I think it’s healthy for me to admit, and give in, to my over emotional tendencies, sometimes.

What would constitute a ‘perfect’ day for you?

Wake up around seven am, have a nice coffee and breakfast, laze in the sun, go for a walk, have a nice lunch, fall asleep during an afternoon read, nice dinner, bed.

For what in your life do you feel most grateful?

Friends, family and loved ones. It’s all we’ve got.

Complete this sentence: “Ace mental health for me means…”

Being aware of my emotions, but not letting them, absolutely, guide or control my actions and thoughts.

What do you eat to stay healthy?

Trail Mix, bananas.

Do you have a daily routine of exercise or do you make it up as you go along?

I try to walk as much as I can.

Here at The Mind Map we remember playing football and ‘tag’ – running around the playground everyday and loving it – can you share a similar memory?

I used to spend my holidays with my cousins at our grand parents farm. We had a lot of freedom and a lot of space. It made for pretty great hide and go seek.

What three songs lift your spirits?

George Harrison “My Sweet Lord.”

Bruce Springsteen “Dancing In the Dark.”

The The “This Is The Day.”

What is your favourite self-help book, or motivational quote?

I wouldn’t call it a self help book, but the Man Who Quit Money by Mark Sundeen was very inspiring.

What advice do you offer to friends when they are feeling overwhelmed?

Stay in the present and take everything as it comes.