WHIPPED CREAM Tells Us How She Really Feels at Suwannee Hulaween
*Featured photo courtesy of WHIPPED CREAM Instagram @whippedcream*
WHIPPED CREAM is quickly becoming one of the most popular females in electronic music. Her high energy sets have spread across the world and back. She has a particular sex appeal about her that cannot be denied and we adore the way she presents herself. Back in April, this writer had a chance to hang with Caroline and get to know her a bit. Months later, we caught up with this female powerhouse at Suwannee Hulaween to chat about her summer, her music, her energy, and her trolls.
Sensible Reason: The last time we met was in the spring when you played in Madison, WI. This was before the festival season, before some of the biggest shows you’ve ever done. As the festival season winds down, tell me how the last few months have gone.
WHIPPED CREAM: The last few months have been frickin’ insane. Every festival was amazing, lots of good energy. And now the fall is here and I’ve chosen to take a few weeks off to write music. Every so often I’ll play a Halloween run or a Christmas run, something like that. Come January I’ll hit the road again so yeah, it’s been great.
SR: Last time we spoke you were on the phone with your management team discussing Ultra. How did that set end up turning out?
WC: Ultra was amazing. It was my first time there and it was really good. I played super early so we had to bring the crowd out, but that was something…I was a little nervous actually for that one. But the crowd ended up coming. There’s great energy in Miami, it was fun.
SR: Did you make it to Burning Man?
WC: I didn’t, I ended up selling my ticket because I got booked for Electric Zoo and I chose to go DJ that.
SR: How was your Electric Zoo experience?
WC: It was amazing. Also, another reason why was because I had a New York studio booked for the week. But EZoo was amazing as well. Again, earlier slot but the crowd was packed, it was amazing.
SR: Do you feel this summer has helped you grow as an artist?
WC: Absolutely, not even just as an artist but as a human being. I’ve learned so much about myself by making boundaries and finding balance. Yeah, I just feel so at peace right now.
SR: The music you make is kind of heavy. How did you get into that particular genre?
WC: It’s funny because when I think of my music I don’t think of it as heavy. I think I have high energy. The records I’m sitting on right now that the world’s about to see are very different than anything I’ve put out. They’re very rap-leaning and hip-hop and R&B-leaning so I’m trying to bring this industrial sound into the more commercial hip-hop realm. This is my goal for 2020, to bring in a new sound to the world and work with artists that I listen to in my spare time and artists I’ve grown up listening to. I’ve been inspired by hip-hop and R&B my whole life, and you can hear that in the music that I put out already in my melodies and my drum work. But I think things are about to shift.
SR: What’s it like working in electronic music that has been primarily a male-dominated sphere thus far?
WC: I can’t really speak to how it is as a female in the male game. It’s been great, I’ve been pushing boundaries and I’ve been underestimated and I’ve been supported fully by a lot of people as well. From both spectrums people are passionate, they either love it or hate it. As long as I’m making you feel something, that’s what’s most important. But I don’t see myself any different than any of these dudes making anything especially with what I’m doing. The thing about electronic music that makes it so special; I can do whatever I want because I haven’t put a label on anything. I’m going on a computer to make music. Even as a singer, I would go anyway I wanted at any time. The beauty as an electronic artist is I can go in and write a cinematic song or I can go in and write a rock song or a country song, it doesn’t matter. That’s kind of what my project is, make electronic music.
SR: You have a particular sex appeal about you on social media. How do you balance sex appeal with empowerment and feminism in this medium?
WC: I’m honestly just myself. I don’t feel like I’m the sexiest girl in the world or anything like that. I think sex is a part of life, to some people sex is art. I think however people want to express that is up to them. I’m a woman and I’ve got the nails and I’ve got the hair and I’ve got this ass and I’m not afraid to be myself. I am a fucking woman in this male-dominated industry and I’m not going to hide it. It does create some conversation because I’m not wearing the same outfit every time like some acts, which is fine, do whatever you want. But I’m wholeheartedly myself, no one can deny that. I work my fucking ass off to get to where I am, I can do whatever I want. I hope that people can see me and get inspired by what I’m doing to be themselves, too. Even if people talk shit and even if people don’t believe what you’re doing is true that’s their own perception of you, but you keep doing you. I’ve had months where I think, “Wow, maybe I shouldn’t have worn that. Maybe I shouldn’t have said that. Or maybe I should dress like this or cut my hair like this,” but fuck that! Why do I have to listen to what other people think? Why can’t I just be myself? That’s what’s going to inspire other people most when I’m living in my flow, my dharma, my truth. No matter how hard it is. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s harder to be yourself, especially in the industry, than not. You can be a fake little fucking robot and you’re fine. If you be yourself, you’ve got a target on your back, people want to talk shit and I welcome it with open hands.
SR: You just kind of answered my next question. I was going to ask how you deal with the people who gush about you on social media as well as how you deal with all the internet trolls.
WC: The thing with the trolls…at the end of the day I’m human and they’re human. I live my life through love and my truth, and I like my life through my work. I’ve read some really nasty things about myself and I’ve gotten to this point where I let it pass me. I wonder where they are right now to be saying this kind of thing. I’ve heard blatant straight-up lies about myself. I read things sometimes and I’m just like “WOW”… they literally write about how awful of a human I am. That shit makes me super sad because I question what I did to make this person feel that way. But then I look at it from the other way and realize they’re not happy with themselves. Not once in my entire career did I ever hate or hurt anyone. Because I have love within at all times. Even if I didn’t, I wouldn’t attack other people. These people are attacking me, saying that I didn’t work for where I am. Honey, I’ve been working for 7 years, I sacrificed everything and I continue to. I might not even have a family because I want this so bad. I want to break the boundaries, I want to break limits, this is my whole life. Dance music is just scratching on the surface right now. These people don’t get it, they’ll never know how much this means to me. They’ll look at me and judge me on how I look.
SR: But they need to judge themselves.
WC: Right. It’s funny, I’ve met people who at first haven’t liked me, but then come back full circle when they see what I’m doing and how hard I work. You don’t even have to like me, that’s the beauty of life. I don’t care.
SR: That’s the beauty of art.
WC: Yeah! Bring it on baby! Say what you want I’m gonna keep doing what I’m doing. You do what you do, but I hope [hand clap] through [clap] something [clap] you learn [clap] to spread [clap] more love [clap] than hate [clap]. That’s my only hope for those people, that they find something they love to do. Then they’ll understand, they don’t know because they haven’t found it.
SR: Which is why they’re doing what they’re doing.
WC: Exactly. And by artists interacting with them, we’re giving them the attention that they’re craving and it’s a super unhealthy high for them and it’s a super unhealthy high for us to talk back to the trolls. I get them every day and I don’t have time for that shit. I don’t have that energy.
SR: So where do you draw your inspiration?
WC: Through nature. Through children. Through movies, and through music and that’s it.
SR: Tell us about your latest single and what you’re up to next.
WC: My latest song is called “Told Ya,” and it’s about telling people “I told ya so!” You can talk all the shit you want about the way I look, the way I handle myself. The things I’ve accomplished, where I’m going up in life, I think of it like a horse with blinders on. I’m only looking one way and that’s up. People can say what they want but eventually, people do what they love and they make an impact in the world and they actually get paid. Keep talking shit, I told ya so. That song comes out November 15th, it’s with Lil’ Xan. I’m excited, the first rap project.
SR: How do you feel about Suwannee Hulaween?
WC: It’s super dope. It reminds me a lot of Shambhala, honestly.
SR: What is it about these two festivals that stands out? What makes you excited to play tonight?
WC: I love being in nature and that’s the Number 1 thing, it’s in a forest. I just walked out and the vibe is just like…everyone’s here for the music. So excited to play. 95% of the shows I play, people are there for the music and to disconnect/connect but sometimes you just don’t get that.
The vibe at Suwannee Hulaween and during WHIPPED CREAM’s set was just as expected. The energy was high and the people were there for the music. WHIPPED CREAM has a sassy attitude that proves her passion and drive. She refuses to settle for less than she deserves and we’re so excited to see what she brings to the table as a versatile electronic artist breaking boundaries and ignoring her haters.