Merrill used his success with Gravity to propel him to a busy year full of original tunes, remixes, and collaborations. Releasing more than 20 tunes in 2014, Merrill prefers to put tracks out as soon as possible, and thanked his fans for their support on the Gravity EP by releasing an EP of already finished tunes from 2013, entitled HYPR. Chart-topping original tunes are great and all, but working with industry legends is something else entirely. So, when Merrill received an email from his manager saying that he was getting Armanni Reign on vocals (around the time he did Outbreak with dubstep demi-god Zomboy), he was rightly stoked.
I was like, wtf, no way! Huge shoutout to the Play Me Records fam for hooking that one up, his vocals make the track in my opinion.
The success in the studio lead to opportunities abroad as well, with stops throughout the country. One show stood out for Merrill, a headlining performance in St. Louis. With the show scheduled to end at 2:30 a.m., Merrill ended up playing until 3 a.m., with the doors open and admission becoming free. Before he knew it, the club was packed and people were on stage raging on stage along with him. We’re not expecting a similar situation for his Foundation debut tomorrow night, but there’s no doubting the energy Merrill will bring to the show. Fellow locals Treyis, R0ME, and Highdrops will also be performing, meaning that bass will be in high supply.
How does an artist follow up a huge year? With an even bigger one, duh. And that’s exactly what Merrill intends on doing. Tons of music is on the way, including a an original EP, a Karate Kid Remixes EP, and a couple of big-time remixes. The Karate Kid Remixes is coming out on February 2nd via Play me Records and will include remixes from Spag Heddy, Donkong, Notixx, Ray Volpe, Resistance, and even an Eliminate VIP remix of the original.
I’m putting together another EP, and I want it to be super diverse so I’m taking my time with it. I’m also working on an official remix for a bigger artist that I can’t announce yet, but I’m very excited about the opportunity! I also have a remix for Mark Instinct and Armanni Reign coming out soon on Downlink’s label, Uplink Audio.
Merrill blew us away and eliminated the doubters (if there were any) in 2014, and 2015 is shaping up to be another breakout year for the Northwest-native. Let us know what you think of Merrill’s tunes, his plans for this year, and if you’ll be raging with him and Reid Speed at Foundation on January 14th! Comment below, on Facebook, or reply on Twitter!
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