Merlin’s Apprentice

Merlin’s Apprentice
Birth name
Steve Birch
United Kingdom
Psychedelic Trance

Steve is one of the most respected and prolific producers in the British underground scene. His passion for music caught fire in the early nineties when he attended his first rave at the age of 13. It inspired him to buy turntables and he was soon playing regularly at local gatherings. After a few years, he came across some simple tracker software and was inspired to create his own music. After some soul-searching, he sold his beloved decks to pay for the first kit in his home studio. He spent much of the next seven years cooped up, perfecting his sound, not knowing if his hard work was ever going to pay off.

In 2003, Steve sent a new track, ‘Spaced Out’, to his favourite record label. He was promptly signed by legend John 00 Fleming for the now hugely influential J00F Recordings. ‘Spaced Out’ proved to be an absolute monster and Steve has never looked back. Played on many radio stations and tv worldwide. Including BBC radio 1 and kiss FM.
Since then, he has released a huge variety of creative, intelligent and, often, commercially successful tracks and albums across multiple genres, both as Steve Birch (including 2014’s ‘Time Travellers’), or as one if his alter-egos: Merlin’s Apprentice (Star Children, 2015) and Lucid Dreamer. Both Time Travellers and Star Children made it into the Top 10 as have many of his singles and E.P.s.
Citing Hallucinogen as his all-time favourite producer, Steve’s music is a magical blend of the full-on psychedelic and euphoric elements of trance. He prides himself on creating his own original sounds, which continue to set him apart from the crowd. As well as being an in-house stalwart for Brighton-based J00F, Birch has been a great brand ambassador, with signings to some of the biggest labels around the globe, including Ovnimoon, Geomagnetic, Deep Blue and Goa Records.

Steve has always continued to play the rave scene in forests and on beaches up and down the south coast (including the now infamous parties at Spitbank Fort) but his success in the studio also garnered prestigious gigs for the likes of J00F Editions alongside more underground promotions such as Pulse and Cybertech. Steve has played regularly on the festival circuit across the UK, including the Three Wishes Faerie Festival, which he has likened to playing in a real-life Narnia! More recently, he has played London’s Futurity, dance:love:hub and Infinite Dreams NYE 2015/16 in Amsterdam, Tribal Village-Dance love hubs room, Psychedelic wedding dance off, Escape the soul, Jerk Jam, Lovelution (Portugal) Freekquency(Portugal) Psybase and more .His energetic and uplifting style always gets the dance floor rocking and, whether he’s playing progressive or full-on psy, his sets always contain deep, melodic elements and a sense of progression that transport the listener away.
2017 and 2018 saw the release of Steve’s Wonderland album that was released on JOOF Recordings. The album reached no.2 in the charts 4 days after the release but was held of the no.1 spot by psy trance legends Infected mushroom for 3 weeks. Steve’s other alias Merlins apprentice also saw the release of a new album titled The space between us/ This was released on cd via Geomagenetic records, inlucding some listen at home tracks and some dancefloor psy monsters.

Steve has a brand new 4 track EP titled Dream machine coming out on JOOF Recordings very soon and aslo brand new Merlins apprentice full stuff. Also a remix for Spirit records Jay Om’s brand new killer psy album. He’s been busy in the studio perfecting these tracks ready to blast on the dancefloors.