The History of the Boombot

Ghetto fab-o-lous skullyboom circa 2009

The original Boombot was conceived as an alternative to headphones. The founder of Boombotix, Lief Storer, was commuting via bicycle to and from work across a mile of traffic and three miles of bayside estuary. He wanted something that would be safer than headphones while also immersing himself in the outdoors with his music. He worked as an engineer by day and an artist by night. When the company flew him to Taiwan to work on LED lighting systems, he discovered Japanese urban vinyl toy design. He began incorporating the toy medium into his work before coming across a Do-it-Yourself toy called the Skully.

The Skully featured asymmetrical eyes in a tennis ball-sized form factor. The toy was made of PVC on a rotocast. Using the shell and some off-the-shelf portable speaker components and a Motorola walkie-talkie belt clip, Lief assembled the first working prototypes. Many of his friends took interest in the product, and a company was beginning to form. Over the next year, Lief spent his off-hours meticulously refining the design to move closer to a satisfactory working prototype. The first production prototypes were tested in rain drenched San Francisco and the deep treacherous powder throughout Lake Tahoe.

By April of 2010, Lief had raised enough private equity and built enough into the design to bring the first Boombots to the market. They were super simple, featuring an on/off button, rechargeable battery, retractable audio cable, and a hip clip.

A look into the Boombotix past…

It seems like so long ago, but it was only in the Summer of 2008 when Dennis Quijano released his first vinyl toy, the Skully, under the brand Urban Warfair. Soon thereafter, the founder and eventual CEO of Boombotix, Lief Storer (an avid vinyl toy collector at the time) came across the piece and purchased a few. Months later, after successfully blowing out his ACL while skiing at Northstar, Lief was confined to his cubicle and kept the Skully there to ward off evil spells. As VinylPulse magazine quoted about the toy, “The large blank eye-socket area makes the figure interesting DIY wise,” and that led to the inception of something much, much more than a toy.

Check out what happened after the break

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Tunes to Live and Ride By

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What up good people! We here at BoomBotix are STOKED for the release of TL&RILA, that is, To Live & Ride in LA. Not only is this flick packed with dope cycling, the soundtrack is STACKED!

If you’ve seen this film, you WILL remember the soundtrack from To Live & Ride in L.A. Some of L.A.’s top labels contributed to the film creating a movie that’s stacked with hits from beginning to end featuring Silversun Pickups, Hot Hot Heat, Minus The Bear, Santogold, Darker My Love, Futurecop!, Sea Wolf, Eulogies, Willowz, and tons more.

The complete soundtrack listing is on their site here.

Happy riding!

Snack Attack!

Snack Attack!

FRIDAY DUB FOR Y’ALL!

Whew! Coming straight out of LA, 12th Planet has been on a torrential rampage of dance floors nationwide. Here is a recent offering from the dark mind of the man behind 12th Planet, aptly named Snack Attack. The light hearted not need apply; nightmares are a listed side effect of these dubstep tunes.

12th Planet- SNACK ATTACK!

Look out!