Clips X Ahoy Messenger Interview

We recently caught up with rising trap star Clips X Ahoy over a messenger interview. The trap scene has been evolving rapidly in America and with new releases and collabs with the genre’s other up and coming DJs such as Bonnie X Clyde and graves, Clips X Ahoy is definitely one to watch out for in 2017.

Tiff

Hey Clips X Ahoy! First thing’s first, preparing for the interview, I’ve tried to do some research on the Internet to look up your real name to address you by and couldn’t actually find it. Is it a mystery or?

Clips X Ahoy

Hey! No it’s not I’m just good at hiding it lol

Clips X Ahoy

It’s Ronald Villamizar 😉

Tiff

Awesome! It’s really nice to meet you. 🙂 On the topic of names, could you tell me the story behind your stage name? It’s quite unique, my guess is it has something to do with the cookie brand Chips Ahoy?

Clips X Ahoy

So a good friend of mine Hype Turner who is also a DJ/Producer was helping me decide on a stage name. I had 3 releases ready with no name! So one day I get a.call and all I hear him say is “Yo! Clips Ahoy!” That’s it. Clips Ahoy.

Clips X Ahoy

He was at Wal Mart and saw a display for Chips Ahoy cookies lol 😂

Tiff

Thats pretty cool you mention Hype Turner, I know you got the chance to play with him this past September at Nocturnal Wonderland, how was that?

Tiff

Must’ve been insane to be a part of such a huge festival!

Clips X Ahoy

Amazing! We really didn’t know what to expect being that it was our first major festival.

Clips X Ahoy

Looking forward to playing more festivals in 2017 🙌🏼

Tiff

Could you tell me three best things about your experience? Was it the crowd or the production? What were the most different things playing at Nocturnal compared to, say for example, club events?

Clips X Ahoy

Definitely the crowd. Got the opportunity to play a lot of my original music and the reactions were amazing! Big difference playing a festival and club event. The energy level. We played in the day time so it was awesome to see people getting wild early.

Clips X Ahoy

Also just the location of the festival, I’m from Miami,Fl. So playing in the desert pretty much was something else.

Tiff

It must’ve definitely been a milestone for you both! I want to get back to collaborations and working with Insomniac in a bit, but I think we should go back to basics first. Could you tell me a bit about when and what got you into producing trap music?

Clips X Ahoy

I got into trap music in 2013, I had always produced hip hop beats and dabbled with electronic music but I just dived in with the Clips X Ahoy project. I think something I love about trap music mixed with dance music is the diversity and it really does bring people from different cultures together. I’ve had friends who were all about hip hop music and within the last couple of years I see them going to festivals.

Tiff

For sure, I definitely agree with you. The movement of dance music proves there are no boundaries and really unites people. Have you always seen producing as something you were going to do as a career?

Clips X Ahoy

Yes I have been involved with music one way or another for years. Happy with the opportunities I’ve gotten! But this is just the beginning.

Tiff

I’m excited to see what you have in store for us in the near future. Let’s talk collaborations, I know you recently released a song with Bonnie X Clyde, how did you guys get in contact and decided to produce “Worth It”? You’re all from Miami right?

Clips X Ahoy

Well I met Daniel (Clyde) in Miami before he started the duo. We had always stayed in contact sharing music with each other. One day he showed me a demo version of worth it. I instantly fell in love with the idea. The rest is history.

Clips X Ahoy

Yes we are all in Miami 🌴

Tiff

That’s awesome, seems like Miami is a hub with many talented DJs. I’m a huge fan of that song too by the way. Must be an encouraging environment seeing others around you make it big as well. How about working with Insomniac? You released a song with the Discovery Project?

Clips X Ahoy

Yeah I feel like people don’t realize how much talent there is Miami. What can I say about the homies at Insomniac. They are the best! I released my track, “Departures” with them. And I’m planning some more releases with them as well.

Tiff

Definitely a destination I still need to visit.

Clips X Ahoy

Come thru!!! Haha

Tiff

I’ll definitely hit you up when I have the chance to!

Tiff

Insomniac is also super amazing, EDC2016 was the best time of my entire life!

Tiff

Continuing on, graves posted a video today about an upcoming collab with you remixing Post Malone’s “Came Up”, will that be released in the near future? Sounds pretty sick from the few seconds of video!

Clips X Ahoy

Ahh you did your research

Clips X Ahoy

Yeah not sure on the exact release date. But definitely very soon

Tiff

Social Media does wonders haha

Tiff

Any artists you’d look forward most to collaborating with in the future?

Clips X Ahoy

I want to work with Baauer and RL Grime, I feel like those guys are always pushing the boundaries of the hip hop/dance scene.

Tiff

I hope to see some collabs sometime soon too 🙂 Trap is such a diverse genre.

Tiff

We’re gonna end off with a round of rapid fire. I’m going to ask you nine quick questions for nine quick responses. You ready?

Clips X Ahoy

Let’s go

Tiff

1. Cat or dog person?

Clips X Ahoy

Dog

Tiff

2. Favourite alcoholic beverage?

Clips X Ahoy

Whiskey/Sprite

Tiff

3. Any pre-show rituals?

Clips X Ahoy

Got to have a few drinks in my system always like to hear the DJ before to catch a vibe

Tiff

4. What was the first show you attended?

Clips X Ahoy

Dayglow in Miami

Clips X Ahoy

Which is now Life In Color

Tiff

(side note: thats awesome my first show was Life In Colour in Vancouver as well!)

Tiff

5. What was the most memorable show you attended?

Clips X Ahoy

Its actually the Life of Pablo show

Clips X Ahoy

Kanye is a big influence to Clips X Ahoy

Tiff

6. One thing you like doing besides making music?

Clips X Ahoy

I’m a huge sports fan

Clips X Ahoy

Dolphins actually beat the Steelers today!

Tiff

Nice!

Clips X Ahoy

Prob getting into arguments with friends over sports haha

Tiff

7. Dream country to visit?

Clips X Ahoy

Australia

Tiff

8. First place you played for an audience as Clips X Ahoy?

Clips X Ahoy

First time as Clips X Ahoy was spring break at the Clevelander in Miami Beach

Tiff

9. And final question, if you could play at any festival, which would it be?

Clips X Ahoy

Ultra Miami

Clips X Ahoy

First festival I ever went to

Clips X Ahoy

The biggest thing that happens in my hometown in regards to our scene

Tiff

Hometown pride eh?

Clips X Ahoy

You have no idea

Tiff

Hahahaha I hope I’ll be there to experience that as well!

Tiff

Thank you so much on behalf the entire FDM team, it was so great talking to you and I feel there will be many great things ahead for you!

If you want to hear more from Clips X Ahoy, check out his “Loaded” podcasts here.

 

 

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