Sippy is a Sydney based bass music machine – anyone who’s spent time on the Australian bass music circuit knows the name. She’s built her career blasting her signature gut-rattling seizure-inducing sounds through the sound systems of her country’s famous clubs and festivals, including residencies at Chinese Laundry and The World Bar, and a graduate of the famous ICON Collective Music Production school in Los Angeles. Sippy prides herself on bringing much needed courage and realism to the scene. As a result, her name is synonymous with a fearlessly filthy, heavy, extremely creative and precise bass-forward sound. She counts the world’s biggest Bass and EDM producers among her most avid and vocal supporters including Zeds Dead, Bear Grillz, Shockone, plus more.
Hi Sippy! How are you doing?
I’m doing well!
Take us back to the beginning, how did you find your passion into producing electronic music?
I have always enjoyed writing music from a young age (from around 8 years old), but I didn’t start thinking about producing until I was about 20 years old. When I was at school I would write for bands or orchestras but never really knew about producing at the time. When I was at university I heard a track by Flume (Hyperparadise remix) and all I could think was “how the hell did he do that?!”. It inspired me to learn how to produce. I began by learning to DJ (to understand electronic music better). Then I started learning from friends and watching youtube tutorials and eventually when to ICON collective to study more seriously.
You just took a really big step in your life when you moved from Australia to the United States. How much different is living in the USA and have you adapted?
It was very different! I’m back in Australia now due to COVID but it was a HUGE step! It was my first time moving out of home, so I move out to a completely different country on another side of the world whilst going through a hectic touring schedule. You would think that the US and Aus are a lot more similar purely because they’re both first world countries – but I think some underlying values are very different. There are so many things in Australia that I’m so lucky to have that I’ve realised aren’t the same in the US. I think there are quite a lot of cultural differences as well that over time I’ve come to understand. I think for the most part it wasn’t hard to adapt, but in saying that – I didn’t change, I just had to do what I needed to to make it work haha!
How have you been staying productive during the quarantine period?
I’m not sure how to answer “how” haha. I’m a very productive person so I’ve actually really enjoyed isolation (for the most part) because I can work with less distractions! I’ve just kept giving myself goals and churning through them. It’s very similar to my normal day to day life (when I’m not touring) so to be honest it wasn’t a huge adjustment (once I got past the whole losing my house, moving countries, having no possessions, all gig prospects disappearing part hahaha). But in order to stay productive I give myself structure – I wake up and “go to work” even though its just in the other room. I make sure I exercise and take lunch breaks etc – but I treat it as a normal job as best I can. I think the best way to stay productive is just to set hard deadlines, it keeps you true to the goal.
Your song “IDEK” has been out few weeks. Could you share the creative process behind about this song?
Originally I actually sent the track idea to Moss, which was pretty different to what we ended up with, it was just a WIP that I sent over to him that he chose to work on. It pretty much just went back and forth between us two twice, then we actually finished the final tweaks on facetime. The song was originally a remix that I wrote and I worked out it would work better as an original – and so I send it off to Moss to work on.
Who do you hope to work with in the future, if you could name top 3 producers/artists to work with and why?
I would love to work with Flume. Hearing his music was the reason I got into electronic music, so it would be an absolute dream to work with him. It would be a dream to work with Matt Corby, who a lot of people in this realm wouldn’t know – but I think he has the most incredible voice I’ve ever heard and is one of the most talented songwriters. I would really love to work with Rezz one day. I think it would be so fun to be able to play around with her style and blend our two styles together.
What has been your funniest or embarrassing moment to date related to music?
Haha well there’s one that happened recently that I dont think I’ll share. There’s plenty of funny times – it’s pretty hard to remember! But maybe the time when I played in Newcastle – the first song of this set dropped and I headbanged so hard that I hit my head on the mixer hahaha. I hit it so hard that everyone side of stage heard it!!
Would you like to share something with the followers of Let the Bass Get You?
Just that I hope their keen for my debut EP 😉 and some MONSTER collabs incoming haha.