As a huge dance music junkie, one of the pleasures I enjoy is discovering underground artists and watching them rise into EDM stardom. One of the rising stars in the bass scene is undoubtedly Eliminate
a.k.a. Nathan Merrill. Nathan is a Senior at Washington State University, with a very promising future in dance music. His sound is a masterful blend of dubstep, combined with trap and drumstep influences. Though a newcomer on the scene, Nathan has secured quite a following. His releases 'Rabbit Hole
' and 'We Are Electric
' by DVBBS remix have over 100,000 plays on Dubstep.net. With the release of his first EP entitled Gravity on April 21st
, big things are on the horizon for this 21-year-old basshead.
When did you start producing music and who were your inspirations?
I started producing hip-hop first- just making beats with my friends. I didn't start getting into dubstep
until 2010. Artists like Skrillex, Flux Pavillion and Doctor P were my inspirations because they all have a unique sound that's stuck with them.
Related: BEHIND THE BEAT | DOCTOR P INTERVIEW
How did you come up with your stage name?
I was trying to be clever by incorporating my name “Nate” into an alias, so I came up with Eliminate and it just stuck with me through the years.
Walk us through your song writing process...
It can take from four hours to six weeks. I start my tracks by creating a melody, and once I like that I'll go into drums and percussion. I'll then make the intro and build-up, and the drop last. Usually once I have a sick intro I end up scrapping the project because I can't make a drop that fits. I probably have about 300 unfinished projects.
What artists are you into at the moment?
All the guys on Kannibalen Records: Kai Wachi, Snails, and Apashe. They just have a really fresh sound that I like.
Any tips for inspiring producers who want to get into EDM?
Youtube is your best friend. I started off by searching for tutorials on how to create synths and drum loops, which is how a lot of bedroom producers start out I think. I'd also recommend releasing all your music for free to establish a solid fan base before trying to get sign to a label. Free music always reaches a wider audience.
You're currently a senior at Washington State University. What are you majoring in and what do you hope to do after you graduate?
I'm majoring in Communication, specifically Broadcasting and Media Production. When I first started college, I wanted to get into television but that's not really my goal anymore. I'm going to go straight into my music, hopefully book more shows and a career out of it.
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What can we expect from you in the future?
I have 3-way collab coming out soon with Nato Feelz and INF1N1TE that I'm really excited about. And of course, my Gravity EP is dropping April 21st
on Play Me Records!