Born Travis Stewart, Machinedrum has produced and composed several albums under various aliases since his first independent release in 1999. Covering an astonishing variety of styles wiht ease, he has always been a trailblazer – bridging the gap between genres that would otherwise never have met before.
His debut Now You Know, was released in 2001 on the influential Miami-based Merck Records and gained worldwide attention and praise from musicians, fans and critics. It was heralded as the “standard to which the next wave of imitators aspires” by Pitchfork.com.
Having a strong background in both acoustic and electronic instrumentation, he dances between those elements on all his releases. This can be heard in the field recording and vintage synth laden Urban Biology to his seminal production and mixing of the This Charming Mixtape with MC Theophilus London. His critically acclaimed 2009 album Want To 1 2? was the latest showcase of his most recent production. With a combination of the songwriting skills of Timbaland, huge club sound of Daft Punk, and crafty experimentation of Aphex Twin, he manages to bring a new and bold take on electronic music.
This summer, Machinedrum is dropping his Many Faces EP on LuckyMe and he will be performing alongside other label mates at Sonar Festival in Barcelona. Under the name Sepalcure, he’s also releasing the Love Pressure EP on Hotflush with friend and collaborator Preveen Sharma- a sound they describe as “an exploration of chopped up 90s diva house acapellas and wooden sounding snares reminiscent of UK funky and dubstep”.
A true electronic music Renaissance man, Machinedrum blends together current pop music standards and trends with his own extensive knowledge of experimental production techniques, delivering his quality signature on every thing he touches.
“This mulit-instrumentalist rewards the careful listener subtle tempo shifts and unexpected sounds that make him an artist in his own right” – XLR8R
“The standard to which the next wave of imitators aspires” – Pitchfork