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Merchant releases a heartfelt alternative tune, entitled, “I Hate It Here”

Merchant is an LA-based singer-songwriter from Oregon. Not too long ago, he released a heartfelt alternative tune, entitled, “I Hate It Here.”

Merchant – “I Hate It Here” single

“‘I Hate It Here’ is a song about the pain of being alone after a breakup with an up-tempo and energetic vibe. A happy sounding sad song just in time for the holidays.” – Merchant explained

‘I Hate It Here’ contains a relatable narrative, ear-pleasing vocals, and tuneful melodies. The likable tune possesses guitar-laden instrumentation flavored with indie-rock and alternative elements. Furthermore, “I Hate It Here” serves as a tasty appetizer to what listeners can expect to hear from Merchant in the near future as he continues to release new music.


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After music school, Merchant moved from the Pacific Northwest to Los Angeles, where he honed his songwriting and production skills. During that time, he worked with Grammy award-winning songwriter, Sam Martin (Maroon 5, Jason Derulo, One Direction). Ultimately, Merchant co-produced Martin’s debut album for Atlantic Records.

Merchant’s first band, Papa Ya, quickly cracked the Top 10 on the Spotify Viral Charts with their debut single, “Sunny.” To date, Papa Ya’s songs have garnered over 40 million plays across all platforms leading to two national club tours opening for chart-topping pop acts like MAX and ROZES.

Also, Merchant’s bright and buoyant sounds can be heard on television shows like NFL on Fox, Bravo’s Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce, and Showtime’s Shameless. As well as in commercials for GNC, GoGoSqueeze, and Yellowtail Wine’s Super Bowl 51 commercial (with the Kangaroo DJ that did so well they ran it again for Super Bowl 52).


Merchant press photo

In the Fall of 2020, as Covid’s second wave loomed, a collaboration between Merchant and Duran Duran’s John Taylor began. Sifting through an array of self-penned musical ideas presented by Merchant, the pair embarked on weekly sessions in a West-wood studio arranging, recording, and polishing the tracks. With Taylor’s guiding hand (and world-class bass playing), Merchant’s lushly textured, vulnerable snapshots of self-awareness, love, and loss were fully realized in a remarkable collection of six distinctive synth-pop songs.

“I Hate It Here” single

Merchant - “I Hate It Here” song cover art

We recommend adding Merchant’s “I Hate It Here” single to your favorite alternative playlist. Also, let us know how you feel in the comment section below. Mel Blanc’s famous catchphrase, “That’s All Folks!” Thanks for reading another great article on Bong Mines Entertainment – the hot spot for new music. Furthermore, always remember that (P) Positive, (E) Energy, (A) Always, (C) Creates, (E) Elevation (P.E.A.C.E).

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