Nanaimo’s Caroline Cecil, better known as DJ Whipped Cream, is gearing up for the release of her latest EP, Persistence, on Sept. 19. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo’s DJ Whipped Cream more determined than ever

Caroline Cecil, DJ Whipped Cream, is gearing up for the release of her EP Persistence on Sept. 19

It has been quite the ride for Nanaimo DJ Caroline Cecil.

In the span of two years, Cecil, better known as DJ Whipped Cream, has gone from performing at small nightclubs to playing across the United States to thrilling thousands of people at some of North America’s biggest festivals including Shambhala, Life in Color and Hard Fest.

“It’s been quite the journey,” she said. “Every time that I go and play a new show or meet someone through music or write a new song, it forms me into a new human being. I’ve been extremely fortunate to have gone to all these places and try new food and meet new people.”

She’s been on lineups that have included universally recognized artists like Ludacris, Mobb Deep, DJ Snake and Afrojack and is fresh off a performance in Thailand.

Now, Cecil is gearing up for the release of her latest EP, Persistence, on Sept. 19.

“This EP is just showcasing how persistence has driven me to form into who I am now,” she said. “At some points I go through very low lows and then very high highs in this industry. Just the way people are or how things have happened. So, the songs were all written in different stages. It is very real and I am more proud of this work than anything.”

Although Cecil is feeling plenty of positive vibes, she said the ride hasn’t always been easy.

“The [stuff] that I’ve had to go through, no man would have ever had to go through.”

Story continues below

In July, Cecil shared screenshot of a highly inappropriate Facebook comment that alluded to her having a ghost producer on her SoundCloud page.

“What in your mind thinks it is OK to write something like that?” she asks. “They don’t believe I did it. They think ‘oh she must have ghost writers’ and that is the biggest f-you to me. It’s just so ignorant.”

Cecil decided to share the comment not because she wanted sympathy, but because she wanted to speak out against the sexism and inappropriate language that she and other female artists have to endure on a regular basis.

“I think anyone would go insane with the things that have been said to me or about me,” Cecil said.

The Nanaimoite said she isn’t fazed by the highly inappropriate comments and sexism anymore, and is speaking out in order to be voice for other women in the industry.

“I think a lot of women are afraid to speak up on it. For me, I thought I would get further if I just bit my tongue. I thought if I just keep working on the music, my art will do the talking and it has,” Cecil said. “But it would be a mistake for me to bite my tongue now. It is going to be people like me and other women and men to make the change.”

Cecil refuses to let any of that disrespect slow her down or change who she is. Having performed at shows with such big-name artists, she’s more determined than ever to continue making music and doing what she loves.

“There is nothing else that I do in my life, but this, DJing. I am absolutely obsessed and insane with it,” she said. “I have never been more sure of anything in my life. This is what I need to be doing.”

nicholas.pescod@nanaimobulletin.com

Just Posted

Cowichan in national spotlight with Hometown Hockey

Rogers Hometown Hockey is a two-day festival that culminates with a national broadcast Sunday

Ladysmith’s Coats for Folks closes early due to building sale

The sale of a commercial building on First Avenue last month has… Continue reading

Jury convicts spear-wielding Duncan man in 2015 Ladysmith RV park murder

Trever George Meers used a handmade spear to stab Rayna Johnson at the Campers Corners RV Park

VIDEO: World-renowned urban planner encourages Cowichan Valley to ‘benchmark with the best’

CVRD welcomes Gil Penalosa, founder and chair of 8 80 Cities, as part of Place-Making Speaker Series

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP member poses as construction worker to catch distracted motorists

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are taking action on distract driving this year and… Continue reading

WATCH: Giant waves smash Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point

Folks made their way to Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point Lighthouse on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading

Wind warning back in effect around Vancouver Island

80 km/h winds expected Saturday, Jan. 20, on east coast of Island, 100 km/h on west coast

UPDATE: City of Nanaimo senior manager dismissed

Chief operations officer Brad McRae no longer employed by the city

Man receives four-year sentence for stabbing Good Samaritan near Qualicum Beach

Jeffrey Brian MacDonald sentenced to additional 242 days in jail

VIDEO: Thousands join women’s march events across B.C.

Today marks one year since the first Women’s March on Washington

UPDATE: BC Transit’s handyDart service strike delayed

LRB application by contractor means new strike notice must be issued by union

Two Canadians, two Americans abducted in Nigeria are freed

Kidnapping for ransom is common in Nigeria, especially on the Kaduna to Abuja highway

Are you ready for some wrestling? WWE’s ‘Raw’ marks 25 years

WWE flagship show is set to mark its 25th anniversary on Monday

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Most Read