Vertex is Slobodan Gacesa (aka Merlin) from Serbia.
It all started back in 2008, when two friends, Nikola Kozic (ZYCE) and Slobodan Gacesa (MERLIN) joined forces to create something new on the scene – a combination of psytrance and chillout – and Vertex was born.
With Slobodan’s knowledge in playing piano, harmonies and in general musical theory and Nikola’s widely known expertise in music production and sound design, this project represents beautiful blend of deep, progressive, psy-trance, ethnic and ambient motives, with wide spectrum of diverse themes and sounds.
Debut album under the name „OCEAN“, which represented the element of water, was released for TesseracTstudio records in 2010. After a great success of „OCEAN“, dynamic duo continues the journey and two years after delivers the second album with symbolic name „EARTH“, which represented element of earth and had a great success on most of the major psy trance charts.
It inspired many music producers and therefore already next year (2013) album under name of „EARTH remixes“ was released on TesseracTstudio, containing remixes done by names such as Suduaya, Human Element, Nerso, Aquafeel and more.
So far besides albums, there were more then 15 EP’s and Singles released for some of the biggest records labels in the scene and Vertex had been selected on more than 30 VA compilations worldwide!
Vertex’s collaboration track with Pion called „Sunrise Tonic“ achieved a great success and became a massive hit, even being remixed by legendary Liquid Soul and released on Perfecto records by Paul Oakenfold. It was selected as official track of famous OZORA festival in 2011.
Over the years, Vertex has developed a unique and recognizable sound on the scene, known by beautiful melodies, atmospheres, harmonies and divergent spectrum of sounds. It is considered to be one of the most innovative projects on progressive & psy trance scene, often combining what is considered impossible.
After the years of collaboration and 2 studio albums, Slobodan took the lead and in 2017 friends decided to split, resulting in Vertex being a solo project of Slobodan.