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North Carolina-born artist Travis Stewart known as Machinedrum has produced and composed over a dozen albums under various aliases since his first independent release in 1999. Covering an astonishing variety of styles with ease, through solo Machinedrum work and with collaborative projects Sepalcure, JETS, Dream Continuum, or other mutations, Stewart has established himself as electronic music's true Renaissance man.
His debut as Machinedrum Now You Know, was released in 2001 on pioneering Miami-based Merck Records and gained worldwide attention and praise from musicians, fans and critics. Having a strong background in both acoustic and electronic instrumentation, he was quickly able to navigate those various elements on his early releases from field recording and vintage synth laden Urban Biology to his seminal production and mixing of This Charming Mixtape with MC Theophilus London and his critically acclaimed 2009 album Want To 1 2? 2010's Many Faces EP ushered the next phase of Machinedrum's career and a fruitful relationship with Glasgow-based label LuckyMe. Sepalcure, a duo launched with Praveen Sharma shortly after, became one of the most intriguing names in the bass music scene and a series of releases on bubbling imprint Hotflush has given the duo NYC ambassadorship of this UK-based genre.
Relocating to Berlin for a few years, Machinedrum maintained a steady flow of releases including the Alarmaa and SXLND EPs with LuckyMe and the critically-acclaimed Room(s) LP on Planet Mu Records, a fresh new exploration of juke, jungle, and drum&bass that garnered high praise across the music world.
The dance floor blitzkrieg JETS, his latest project with longtime collaborator Jimmy Edgar has kept him ahead of the curve once again, serving as yet another showcase for his musical evolution.
His biggest and boldest release came last year in the form of the full-length LP Vapor City on famed label Ninja Tune, a conceptual universe which included an interactive website, digital citizenship program for fans, and an art exhibit in NYC that launched with the album. With subsequent EPs, exclusive remixes from a series of heavyweights, and a critically-acclaimed world tour, Vapor City carried on his rich exploration of multimedia arts and music.
Delivering his signature on every thing he touches, through each solo album and EP, collaborations, or production work for the likes of Azealia Banks, Jamie Liddell, Jesse Boykins III and others, Machinedrum is now widely recognized as a producer's producer, a pioneer of many styles, and a master of his craft.
"RT @ninjatune: LA. Nov 21. @sibonobo + @sepalcure + @EamonHarkin /@mrsatnight + @strangelooptv Special guests TBA. See you there. http://t…"Tue Oct 13 12:30:00 2015
"I'm at ADE Amsterdam this week! Try to catch at least one of these events. Each one will be unique.… https://t.co/6dOY9zh8zR"Tue Oct 13 11:13:39 2015
"RT @jimmyedgar: amazing track from my friends @Obenewa @Machine_Drum https://t.co/MuW882PDWZ"Tue Oct 13 09:48:38 2015
"RT @rosielowemusic: O U T N O W ⚭ My video to my latest single 'Worry Bout Us' is out now. ↑↑↑ #rosielowe #machinedrum @Machine_Drum http…"Mon Oct 12 16:16:31 2015
"b2b dj set with @jimmyedgar at bloody louis in brussels was full of vibes last weekend! https://t.co/rQtiXLDDgx"Mon Oct 12 15:16:40 2015