As we’ve mentioned before, Vancouver Island is putting out some absolutely incredible talent, especially in the last couple of years. One of the biggest examples of a hometown hero is the little lady who could, Whipped Cream. Born Caroline Cecil, and raised in Nanaimo, this powerhouse is slowly taking over the Vancouver Island bass scene. Not to mention making her mark as a touring artist, having traveled around North America spreading the gospel of Whipped Cream.
We’ve watched this young superstar start her meteoric rise performing simple club gigs in her hometown, and then quickly moving on to headlining major clubs in Victoria and Vancouver. Before long, she received offers from cities across North America to bring her unique blend of jersey club, trap, house and anything else she feels like throwing in to their scene. No two sets are alike, and it’s always an adventure with her.
A veteran of Shambhala Music Festival, with a brand new EP out gaining massive traction, and a star on the rise, Dance Music Northwest was lucky enough to be able to snag an interview with the reigning Princess of Bass here on the West Coast.
What brought you to music in the first place?
WC: When I was first born my father put a radio next to my crib and had it playing non stop pretty much for the first 2 weeks of my life. Music has always been that one thing I have felt fully connected to in life. I grew up a competitive figure skater so at an early age was already expressing myself through music. It wasn’t until a serious accident had happened that I decided to give up my skating.
I’m not sure what forced me to stop as i was uncontrollably obsessed with it. I think back and i think it was because i just want happy anymore. I couldn’t express myself the way I wanted and that frustrated me deeply. The following summer I decided to go to my first music festival. That summer changed my life. I finally felt this feeling of acceptance. I felt an energy of love and light I had truly never felt before. I came home and spent every cent I had on equipment to pursue this. I wanted to make others feel the way I did at that festival for the rest of my life.
Who were your first influences in EDM?
WC: I think from a really early age some of my influences were like Justice, Zeds Dead, Hudson Mohawke, TNGHT & Skrillex. But when i started really getting into electronic music a few years ago without a doubt it was Baauer & Boys Noize. Some others were RL GRIME – WEDIDIT, all of them. People like Falcons, LIL Texas – people who were on that club wave.
When did you really know that this was the life for you?
WC: The day I produced my first full original song.
Who has been your main inspiration?
What has been your favourite venue to play so far?
Tell us about Shambhala?
WC: It was easily the best morning of my life. No other feeling I’ve ever felt. The energy i received from the people there that morning I swear has fueled me to keep creating these last 2 years Its truly the best place in the world.
[See a short clip of her electric Shambhala set here]
What are you really looking forward to about 2017?
WC: I got an official remix coming out this month which I’m pumped for you guys to finally hear. There are some amazing festivals I cant wait to announce as well.
Do you have any plans to expand your brand?
WC: Yes I’m getting a logo made finally after 4 years. Big things fam!
Finally, any shout outs you want to give?
WC: Anyone who supports me, I thank you without you there is no me. your energy inspires me to write. Thank you.
Big thanks to our girl for taking the time out of her busy schedule chat with us quickly about the future. Young Whip is as busy as ever; check out her EP below, stream it on Spotify here, and keep an eye out because 2017 is just the beginning for this powerful presence.
Have you guys seen Whipped Cream throw down in your city? Share your favourite sets in the comments!