Behind The Beat | Eliminate Interview
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.
OTB: When did you start producing music and who were your inspirations?
Eliminate: 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
OTB: How did you come up with your stage name?
Eliminate: 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.
OTB: Walk us through your song writing process…
Eliminate: 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.
OTB: What artists are you into at the moment?
Eliminate: All the guys on Kannibalen Records: Kai Wachi, Snails, and Apashe. They just have a really fresh sound that I like.
OTB:Any tips for inspiring producers who want to get into EDM?
Eliminate: 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.
OTB: You’re currently a senior at Washington State University. What are you majoring in and what do you hope to do after you graduate?
Eliminate: 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.
OTB: What can we expect from you in the future?
Eliminate: 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!
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