‘Textural Melodic Electronica’ | Interview with Nil Elses

Nil Else’s latest single Parallel is a dynamic and electrifying track that showcases the artist’s musical prowess. The beautifully simple riff, combined with the drum machine beat which is filled with white noise, creates a captivating soundscape. The evolving synth pads are expertly crafted, adding depth and complexity to the track.
Read our discussion with the artist below!

Describe your sound in 3 words

Textural Melodic Electronica.

Tell us a few things about Parallel. What is the story behind it?

“Parallel” is a single from my upcoming album “Quiet Invocations” set to be released in May 2023. The song is a synth-based composition that I had the opportunity to put a lot of creativity into. When I was creating “Parallel”, I really wanted to experiment with different sounds and techniques to make the track as rich and dynamic as possible. I used a variety of distortion, reverb, and delay effects to give the song a unique and layered feel. I also played around with different layering techniques and focused a lot on the pad sounds and overall ambience, which I hope will transport listeners to another world when they listen to it.
As for the narrative, the idea behind “Parallel” was to reflect on the overwhelming amount of information that humans are constantly bombarded with these days and how it has changed society as a whole. I wanted to explore this theme because I’ve been particularly moved by this topic in recent years. The music video for this song, which I will be releasing soon, will further enhance the story I’m trying to tell through sound.
The creation of “Parallel” was a collaborative effort. I recorded the song at home in Seattle, then I traveled to Santiago (Chile) to work on the mix/master with a talented group of creatives from the music label “LeRockPsicophonique” (check them out!). I had to travel back and forth between these two locations a lot in the last couple of years to work on that, but I feel the effort was worth it. I’m very happy with what we achieved and I can’t wait for you all to hear more when “Quiet Invocations” drops in May.

Your approach is to produce sound that is both experimental and danceable. In which place or state of mind do you imagine people might listen to your music?

As an artist who aims to produce music that blends experimental sounds with a danceable beat, I imagine that people might listen to my music in very different settings. Whether it’s a late-night club or something more intimate. I envision people swaying to the rhythm at an underground party or getting lost in the sounds during a solo headphone session. I just hope “Nil Elses” creates a space for people to let go and experience something new and different.

If you had to choose one Synthesizer (analog or digital) which one would it be?

Probably the sequential prophet 6, which is the synth I use the most nowadays.

Favourite electronic album of the past decade?

“Persona” by Rival Consoles.

What does success mean for you going forward?

Success to me means being able to share my music with as many people as possible. I have a lot of creative ideas and projects in the works and I’m eager to bring them to life. I would love nothing more than to be able to tour as much as I can and connect with audiences on a deeper level, sharing my music and experiencing the energy of live performances. Ultimately, I just want to keep growing and spreading the joy of music to as many people as I can.

What advice would you give to your younger self?

The “end” is not as fun as we think when we are not there yet, take a deep breath, enjoy each step, and relish in the excitement of creating and exploring.

Which Superpower Would You Choose? The ability to fly or to be invisible?

Ah man, that’s a tough one. If I had to choose between flying or invisibility, I think I’d go with the power of flight. There’s just something so liberating and exhilarating about being able to soar through the sky, you know? Plus, think of all the amazing sights you’d get to see from up high! But don’t get me wrong, the idea of being invisible is pretty cool too. Maybe I’ll just go ahead and take both, why not?

Thank you!

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