On the path to leaving behind a proud legacy, WHIPPED CREAM is on the brink of greatness. From being a competitive figure skater to becoming one of electronic music’s most brilliant producers, the journey of Caroline Cecil proved that you can amass to anything with a heart of gold. Initially blowing away listeners with her gritty and aggressive take on bass music, has now morphed into compelling pieces of music that allows her to seek artistic fulfillment. She’s rightfully earned all the accolades that come with the work, more recently, debuting at Ultra Music Festival. As she continues to reflect on where her music has landed her, we caught up with the DJ/producer to talk about all things music!
Run The Trap: What was your first experience with electronic music, as a fan?
WHIPPED CREAM: It was at this festival called Sasquatch that I went to about 7 years ago. That’s where I was introduced to it.
RTT: Who did you see over there? Who stood out to you?
WC: I saw Pretty Lights, Nero, and so many others.
RTT: You used to figure skate competitively. To go from that to producing music sounds like a very big, drastic change. Can you take us back to the day that you decided to produce music?
WC: I’ve always been really passionate about music. I think the reason why I skated was to express myself through music. I was never really technical, I was more artistic. So, once I had my injury on the ice and I had to stop skating, I still wanted to express myself through music. When I went to that festival, it kind of changed my life and I wanted to start creating music. Right after that festival was when I decided I wanted to try to learn how to make music. I liked DJing, and that’s when I started.
RTT: Your sound really brings such an energetic sensation you don’t really get from most music. Where does most of the inspiration from it come?
WC: Honestly, just nature and people, watching a good movie, other music. Really anything can spark an idea. I get really inspired, though, by movie soundtracks. Also urban music, like hip hop and rap.
RTT: You’ve shown time and time again that you can’t be kept in a box in terms of genres. With that being said, which tracks of yours are you the proudest of from a production standpoint?
WC: That’s a good question. I’m sitting on one that hasn’t been released yet. It’s called “Us,” and I think when that comes out it will touch a lot of people. It’s definitely one of my favorite songs that I have written. There are two records – “Ignorant,” which I’m very proud of, and there’s a record called “LUV” that we put out a few months ago. Porter Robinson actually followed me because of this song; he was really intrigued by it. That was really cool.
RTT: Aside from electronic music, I know that you enjoy hip hop and R&B, and I feel like you’ve shown admiration for that in the breakdown of “Bad For Me.” If you could enlist R&B artists for a track, who would you go to?
WC: If I could pick any artist to work with right now, it would be Frank Ocean, Andre 3000, Kanye West, James Blake, A$AP Rocky, or Cardi B. I would love to go the R&B route too, like Majid Jordan, Drake, or Jorja Smith.
RTT: You just released “Time,” featuring DeathbyRomy. The track blends dark and aggressive basslines with a very intimate atmosphere. What are you trying to aim for with your newest projects?
WC: I wrote that song, and it wasn’t originally going to have a singer on it. But I felt like it needed something more to fill out the song, and I sent it to Romy and said, “yo, let’s try to write something really meaningful and impact as many people as possible. And she came back with these beautiful lyrics that gave me chills all over my body. I knew it was right. Honestly, I’m just trying to impact as many people as possible right now with my music, and that’s by taking risks and doing crossovers with vocalists and not having records that are just electronic. I really wanted to start doing the crossover with vocalists.
RTT: Is that one of your goals for 2019?
WC: Yeah, absolutely. I want to get music on the radio. I want to do the crossover and I want to make it cool, not corny.
RTT: That’s awesome, I feel like it’s going to be a big year for you. Starting today, have you had a moment to take a step back? You just made your debut for Ultra. How are you feeling?
WC: I’m feeling really, really blessed and lucky. I dreamt of doing this years ago, and I’m here now. It’s very surreal. I don’t have words for it.
RTT: You’re just on a high of emotions right now.
WC: Yeah! There are so many people that helped me get to this level, you know? It’s not just me. So, to the people that are reading this interview, I thank you guys for listening to my stuff and following me. You guys are a part of this just as much as I am. I love you guys. You’re the reason why I’m still here, you know, and why I’ll keep growing. It’s because of them.
RTT: What are some of the things that have surprised you about DJ’ing and the lifestyle that comes with it since it became your full-time job?
WC: I guess you don’t really think about all the traveling that you’re going to do and the late nights. You’re going to travel all day, and then you’re going to play your show, and then you’re going to wake up two hours later to go catch the next flight to the next show. And then you’re going to do it again. That’s not in the book. You don’t get told that that’s going to happen. But, even on my worst days, there’s nothing else I would rather do than this.
Something else that surprised me is how many people I actually can impact through a song or my shows. I think not just for me but for anyone out there that are reading this interview, no matter how small or big it is if you have a voice or you’re doing something you love you can try to impact other people, I think that you should try to use it. I’m no different than them. I come from a little town on an island. There were no other producers around. I just had this idea, no money, and I just worked really hard. – Whipped Cream
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