Boom Merchant is an artist whose work is characterised by a blend of tough rhythms and complex harmonic elements, transporting the listener with a drive that is as physical as it is emotional, joining sounds plucked from the outer reaches of the cosmos with those from inside a drum machine.
His 2014 record Stars/Green Symphony on his own imprint Tribal Pulse broke new ground, with hang drums, horns and atmospherics cascading over analogue tones and robust drum work. DMC Mag described it as ‘tough house for no nonsense dance floors that cannot fail to make you dance’ and Data Transmission claimed it ‘has all the makings of a future classic’, with support coming from a wide range of prominent artists including John Digweed, Dave Seaman, Stacey Pullen and Hernan Cattaneo.
In 2015 he followed two well-received remixes for Detroit techno label Motech with ‘Surge’, an electricity-inspired soundscape on Tribal Pulse. 2016 saw the release of his expansive Tales From the Void EP; 4 tracks on vinyl with renowned German imprint Resopal Schallware. The explosive ‘Night Drive’, again on Tribal Pulse, received critical acclaim across the board, and set the tone for releases on a number of top labels, including the deep harmonics of ‘Forest Drums’ on Pole Folder’s Reworck and the explosive power of ‘Haka’ on Lonya’s Asymmetric.
The following years saw an increase in productivity, some high profile remixes and an increased focus on distorted analogue sound design. Dark, heavy sounds like ‘Thump’, ‘Sub Nine Point Nine’ and his ‘I See The Future’ vinyl release on Tribal Pulse have been interspersed with more deep, Leftfield offerings on Asymmetric. He continues to push the envelope with distinctive and dynamic sounds, and a steady stream of releases scheduled for the remainder of the year.
Boom Merchant’s success in the studio has led to gigs across Holland, Spain, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Malta and Italy, and support slots for some of the world’s top DJs in Glasgow such as Dave Seaman, Robert Babicz, Ramon Tapia, Sandrien, Kyle Hall and Silicone Soul. A keen supporter of vinyl, his marathon sets at locations across the city have become a favourite for many.