Belfast-based producer and live electronic hardware act, Neil Kerr, launched his Mount Palomar project in early 2018, immediately establishing himself as one of Ireland’s most unique and exciting new electronic artists. Following a debut sold-out live performance, playing alongside NI native, OR:LA, three days later Neil received an exceptionally rare invitation to perform live at the world famous 1500 capacity Berghain nightclub, Berlin.
Achieving a feat rarely seen within the electronic music world, Neil’s second-ever gig in the Berlin institution, so impressed the influential promoters that he was subsequently invited back to play at the iconic venue 4 times within his first year as Mount Palomar.
Testament to the strength of his talents and the originality of his modular synthesis-driven live set, a highly sought after peak time slot on the main Berghain floor for their Gay Pride party, firmly established Mount Palomar as one of Europe’s freshest and most exhilarating new live acts.
In 2019, Neil self-released two bodies of work, “Black Knight’s Tango” and “The Perils Of Youth” on his newly founded Ursa Minor label. Spread across twin vinyl and clocking in at over 50 minutes long, both EPs disregarded normal arrangements and structures so often found in dance music and were widely praised for being emotive, inventive and bold.
“A fantastic piece that invokes real emotion: A work of art. The connection between music and emotion is phenomenal, each feeling and their individual back stories can be recognized as the EP plays out. Hats off to the man behind Mount Palomar for creating an incredible artistic piece of work.” (Four Four Magazine)
Neil went on to share stages with acts such as Bicep, Midland, Avalon Emerson, Helena Hauff, Ross From Friends, Joy Orbison etc…. at venues such as the 5000 capacity Printworks London alongside multiple appearances at the AVA Festival, including an invite to perform live on their Boiler Room stage in 2019.
In December 2019 Neil was selected by PRS For Music as one of their five techno acts to watch out for in 2020 and last year was awarded the Help Musicians Do It Differently fund and the PRS Foundation Open Fund for Music Creators.
With four new EPs due for release in 2022, his debut album underway, an upcoming live performance at the Fred Perry “All Our Tomorrows” Festival, his fourth live appearance at the AVA Festival and a return to Berlin on the cards, Mount Palomar’s journey as one of Ireland’s most exciting electronic exports looks set to continue.