Caelwhip Interview

by the partae

Where are you currently based?

I’m currently based In Coolum on the Sunny Coast. I’ve been here my whole life so there’s no place like home.

Please tell us about how your music career started out:

During the COVID lockdowns of 2020, as tough as they were, a lot was starting to boil in terms of music and creativity with the likes of The Terry’s, local band Shen Panthers and CaelWhip and Nix all created around the same time

It was here that Nixy and I started hanging out in the sand dunes of Ybar, freestyling over a campfire. It was never anything serious; just a bit of fun. Definitely a good foundation to be built off and an attitude that’s carried through my recent career.

What’s been happening recently?

I’ve just spent the last 6 Months living and working in Sydney (shoutout Parra). However while I’ve been away I’ve been scheming and planning for my comeback to music which I’m in the midst of now. I have a solid plan and rollout scheduled and I’m excited to see what that can do for me.

Your latest single ‘2 Bucks A Litre’ is out now, what influenced the sound and songwriting?  

When you first start rapping I think everyone feels some sort of pressure to be a particular person or rap in a certain way.

2 Bucks a Litre for me is just taking a step back from how I’d usually create and structure a song and just creating a track 4 bars at a time and doing what would sound best next rather than a standard hook to verse to hook to verse etc.

How did you go about writing 2 Bucks A Litre?

Frustrated one day I just spilt my emotions onto this beat and my upcoming release all in one sitting. I just started yelling “2 Bucks a Litre I’m trying to keep up” and thought that was entertaining and grasping.

Where and when did you record/produce/master and who with?

In my home studio in Valdora probably over a year ago now, it was around the time fuel prices first hit $2 bucks a litre. (who would have thought)

What does this single mean to you?

2 Bucks a Litre for me is my comeback after a working hiatus and the focussed aggression I’m bringing into this chapter of my life. It’s my proof to everyone of my eagerness and passion in Hip Hop.

Who are you listening to at the moment?

To be honest I’m really on a bit of a Jazz Hop roll at the moment. A lot of new artists I haven’t really thought much of before like Cise Star and Kofi Stone, but also some OG’s like Baby Keem and a bit of Fred Again…

What’s planned for the remainder of 2023?

Like I said earlier, I’ve got a strategic release rollout for the remainder of the year, keep cranking out live shows, and create more great music… This is a first announced exclusive but I’m currently in the midst of putting together a collaborative project/EP with my homie Notorious Nix so stay tuned for that in the near future.

Favourite food and place to hangout?

I’ve been really loving Brown Rice in P Springs forever so they deserve all the love and recognition. Best Japanese on the coast!

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