Sippy will be help us welcome the new year for Future Vision literally from the future… Based in Sydney, this fast-rising young dubstep artist will already be kicking into 2021 when she joins our immersive NYE house party. Knowing her story and what she’s already done so far in life, we reckon she’ll have already ticked a few things off her to-do list by the time she joins us, too…
It’s 8pm in Sydney, and Sippy is showing me the view of the beach from her office window.
I look up and out of mine at the grey fog and English morning rain, and feel distinctly jealous – not, as it turns out, for the last time during the interview.
There are loads of possible reasons one could find to be jealous of Sippy. She’s a seriously talented dubstep producer, whose growly, gut-punch tracks have been on labels like Zed’s Dead’s infamous Deadbeats. She’s a fully qualified personal trainer, and is a Premier League Touch Football player. She’s a university graduate, with a degree in Applied Sciences, and she opened and ran three DJ and production schools across Australia. Yet somehow, when discussing this somewhat intimidating list of achievements, Sippy seems to keep it real.
You seem quite down to earth, considering everything you’ve done so far…
People always tell me that I’ve done so many things in my life, but that isn’t really a thought that occurs to me often. I think it’s just in my personality to be a hard worker… to get stuff done.
I guess that for some people motivation comes naturally. There’s often a danger though – if that’s the case – of not recognising your achievements. It’s important to pat yourself on the back sometimes.
Yeah, I sometimes struggle with that… I’m always looking for the next thing I can do to get better, or to work harder. I even sometimes tell my friends and family to look out for times when I might not be giving myself enough credit, I’m like ‘can you make sure that you sit me down every now and then and make me do that?’ I find it really helps.
Even stuff like this interview helps too. Not to gush, but even before I started DJing UKF was the apple of my eye. I distinctly remember the first song I ever heard from you, which was also my first time hearing dubstep. My friend sent me this MP3 that, looking back on it, I’m now sure they would have ripped off Youtube, because the album artwork was the blue speaker – oops! It was the Zed’s Dead remix of Eyes on Fire, and I was like ‘This is WILD, what is this??’ I made a CD with it on, which I must have played in my car for at least five years. When you guys previewed Deviate it honestly made me cry.
Own it! Look at you now! All set to play us into the new year, and you’ve just released your first EP on Deadbeats. Looking in from the outside, it would be easy for me to say it looks like there’s been a clear road to success, but was there ever a time when you’ve thought you would have to give up on music?
So, when COVID hit, I think I reached a crossroads. I had just started renting a place in LA, but ended up moving home to Sydney to live with my parents, and for a while I got caught up in thinking that if I couldn’t support myself financially with music I was going to have to fall back on one of my other skills – my personal training, or business development. But then a few things came in at one time, I got some remix opportunities and collabs, and I realised that I could survive on only my music career without even needing to do shows.
I think that was the moment that I realised I’m going to be in music no matter what. I think before COVID I just had my head down and was going with the momentum of my career, but this year I got to this point where I was like ‘no, this is what I’m gonna stick with’. It’s not about wanting to do it anymore, I’m at a point where I can do it, and I feel really lucky for that. It’s pretty incredible.
Can you pinpoint where your love for DJing started?
It’s a funny story actually. I signed up to Your Shot, a programme where they give people with no experience six weeks of DJ lessons, and then at the end the opportunity to perform. I won’t lie – when I started I was really bad. I didn’t know anything about electronic music. I could beatmatch and things, but didn’t understand how to make a good flowing set, but I picked everything up quickly. After that, I played every set I possibly could to practise.
Just before I left uni, I went up to one of the guys who runs Your Shot and was like ‘look, can I do one day’s work a week for you for free?’ He said yeah, and a couple of months later he approached me and asked if I would start and run three new DJ schools to run in conjunction with the competition.”
It was crazy. I was 21 years old and opening 3 DJ schools. I didn’t have any business experience – I had no experience! I was working in a bar! But it was now or never, and it worked.
I don’t know many 21 year olds who would be able to pull off something like that.
Neither do I! And the guys who hired me, I’m like ‘you must be mad!’. That could have ended so badly for you guys.
But it didn’t!
It didn’t. I love a challenge, and this to me felt so hard. I wanted to prove to myself that I could make it, and that I could do all these things. And that was really the beginning of everything.
I’m motivated, and I’m a bit of a problem solver so I guess they were like ‘we know that whatever happens, she’ll sort it out’.
It’s funny, it’s clear that you feel very seriously about your career, but onstage you’re all about having fun. I’ve seen videos of your sets and it’s wild – I’ve seen you swing from the lighting bar, and then jump back to behind the decks in time for the drop.
I just love it. I don’t even know what happens… As soon as I press play it’s like this adrenaline comes over me. I almost feel bad, there’s like this part of me that gets so carried away when I’m playing.
I will jump up onto the decks – I remember when I was touring with ZiA we would play back to back at the end of the night, and I would go mad behind the decks and she would look at me as if I was crazy!
We had this one set in Philadelphia, where there was this little flimsy rail in the front. Someone was playing a song and I was so hyped, I jumped up on the railing and was holding on with one hand and leaning on this guy in the crowd, and I was like ‘I’m just gonna let go of the railing and see if they catch me’. So I did! And they caught me, and it was crazy.
The other girls were looking at me like ‘what are you doing??’. I was having a great time.I just enjoy it. I have a lot of energy. Plus I do a lot of exercise, and I know that if I ever fall I can probably roll out of it.
Good to see those personal training skills are still paying off!
Exactly, it turns out all my studying at uni was just so I could do stuff like that.
Catch Sippy’s stage acrobatics for yourself this New Year’s Eve for Future Vision from 7pm