A life changing accident on the ice saw figure skater Caroline Cecil turn her attention to the world of EDM. Reinventing herself as DJ and producer, Whipped Cream, Cecil now channels her inner genius into her music.
“I fucking love my music,” says EDM artist and producer Whipped Cream, immediately apologising for swearing. Real name Caroline Cecil, the Canadian native can be forgiven for the amount of F-bombs dropped in our interview, because it all comes from a place of passion, especially considering that she found her way to music at a time when she felt the most lost.
Before finding her niche producing and playing hip hop-influenced dark bass music, Cecil was a competitive figure skater who trained for the Olympics, but after a debilitating accident on the ice she was forced to give up the sport and find a new passion – although the love of music was always there:
“When I was super young, I always had the music cranked up and I’d be dancing and singing. I couldn't sing in key, but I just absolutely loved music. I got on the ice when I was about four or five for the first time, and I completely fell in love with it to the point where I was hardly going to high school. I obviously did graduate,” she adds quickly, “but I really did spend most of my days skating or training.”
Cecil had almost saved up enough money from her three part time jobs to buy some new skates when a bad fall changed her course:
“I was practicing triple toe loops and I fell the wrong way. I instantly knew something was wrong,” she remembers. “The doctor told me I might not walk normally ever again – he just told me how it was.”
Happily, she recovered and moved to a farm in order to train with a new coach who specialized in left handed skaters – “I also skated left handed which is fucking weird because I'm right handed,” she laughs. “I gave it about another year and I just wasn't happy. So I stopped and I had no fucking idea what I was going to do. [Skating] was my whole life – I didn't care about anything but this – but I just knew in my heart that I wasn't happy doing this anymore.”
Feeling lost, Cecil and a friend took a road trip to Sasquatch! Music Festival at The Gorge Amphitheater in Washington, and her new calling found her:
“It was the most unreal experience for me,” she recalls. “There was one particular act that I saw, and about 15 minutes into his show I had this overwhelming feeling...I was like, ‘holy fuck, I want to I want to do this!’ I also wanted to provide this feeling that this person was providing to all of these other people. I looked around me – I was completely sober – and tears were pouring down my face. I had never felt so accepted and so full of something I can't even describe.”
Cecil’s mind was made up: she made her way back home and set about learning how to make music. Looking back, she considers the accident to be a blessing in disguise.
“I totally found a way more clear path,” she explains, speaking rapidly and with an infectious enthusiasm. “It's crazy – all these magical things and situations happen. I can't even explain them anymore because I'm so in flow and in tune with my inner…” she trails off. “I call it an inner genius – when you finally find that thing. Everyone has it – you have it, the people reading to this interview have it. When we find something we love, our energy comes out. I never experienced it until I found this.”