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Machinedrum

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The prolific producer, born Travis Stewart on March 4, 1982, Machinedrum has produced and composed several albums under various aliases since his first independent release in 1999. 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 in the IDM scene. It was heralded as the “standard to which the next wave of imitators aspires” by Pitchfork.

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 Theophilus London. His critically acclaimed 2009 album ‘Want to 1 2?’ was another showcase of his most recent production. In 2010, Machinedrum released ‘Many Faces’ EP on Scottish label luckyme.

Under the name Sepalcure, he’s also released two EP’s - ‘Love Pressure EP’ and ‘Fleur EP’ - on Hotflush with friend and collaborator Praveen Sharma - a sound they describe as “an exploration of chopped up 90’s diva house acapellas and wooden sounding snares reminiscent of UK funky and dubstep”. He also saw the EP single release of ‘Let It’, one of the standout songs from his 2009 ‘Want to 1 2?’ album, with upstart label Innovative Leisure.

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  • Lightfuel77

    It's worse than 2006 -- by the way, 2006 was actually a really bad year for me. It's timelessly stupid. I'll just leave it there.

    15 Sep 10:39pm Reply
  • Lightfuel77

    I have to agree with you. On review, my comment was pretty stupid. But I just wanted to say that I believe that Machinedrum is an absolute virtuoso. I love his music as well as all of his side projects. He's a genius.

    15 Sep 10:31pm Reply
  • bnyp

    the meat vibe [2]

    27 Aug 2:21pm Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    @lightfuel77, your comment was inane as hell. Complaining about others' tags is so 2006.

    27 Aug 1:09pm Reply
  • badicek

    really not digging the stache

    22 Aug 10:15pm Reply
  • Lightfuel77

    @SSS I'm not sure if your comment was a tongue in cheek response to my comment, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt and say that your comment was hilarious!

    18 Aug 5:34am Reply
  • SixShooterSam

    lightfuel77, no region is always important. Machinedrum might currently be making music that is inline with some german future garage artist (hint, no they definitely sound different), but besides that Machinedrum has been producing music for over a decade and has spanned so many styles that "american" remains one of the few pinholds you can truly use to describe his over all outwork. Some day maybe you too can realize geography is as important if not some times more informative than a linear history.

    16 Aug 11:25pm Reply
  • Lightfuel77

    It annoys me that people have tagged Machinedrum as American. What's the difference between American and German future garage artists? I'll give you a hint, there is none. Tags are helpful for roughly categorizing an artist, but it gets pointless sometimes. The guy is really talented, it has nothing to do with him being American or not. Let's tag everyone as human.

    16 Aug 10:22pm Reply
  • Lightfuel77

    I'm surprised that nobody's really tagged this as drum and bass. It's almost purely drum and bass. It's equal parts drum and bass and IDM. That's just my opinion.

    7 Aug 11:02pm Reply
  • producerdan74

    I took the Vapor City Metro Mix on a trip to Paris. Listened to it for days as I wandered through the city. Now every time I hear it it takes me back. This being a highlight: http://tinyurl.com/lovesundered

    6 Aug 4:24am Reply
  • Seperat0r

    Listen to the Vapor City Metro Mix. It has that "stream of consciousness" feel to it. Like it's just an hour of glorious percussive diarrhea, falling out of his head.

    31 Jul 10:08pm Reply
  • rukiren

    Back seat ho

    30 Jul 4:24am Reply
  • noense

    Nah, he looks like a fat feminist lesbian.

    27 Jul 6:50pm Reply
  • nerdist

    he looks like a slaughter...but his music has a special vibe..maybe the meat vibe?

    23 Jul 4:06pm Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    also: http://www.tinymixtapes.com/music-review/machinedrum-vapor-city this fucking TMT review. wow. Amazing example of not doing yr research + just a boring, terrible writeup complaining that it's not a vaporwave album. just thought I'd share the laugh with fans!

    20 Jul 11:23pm Reply
  • optimistic_tour

    Has anyone else heard this Vizion Centre Mix?? It's not the Vizion Center EP, but an 80 min mix in the same dark, creaky ambient vein. Very good. (I randomly found it on whatcd and have no clue where he released it)

    20 Jul 11:20pm Reply
  • snuggans

    travis stewart changed my fucking life

    9 Jul 11:22am Reply
  • newcarscent7

    <3

    6 Jul 11:27am Reply
  • JTLDN

    machinebum lololol

    2 Jul 8:52am Reply
  • Bolshevized

    His new track for Adult Swim's single program is pretty solid, and his contribution to the Bleep 10 compilation was one of his best tracks. The man is on a roll!

    27 Jun 4:06am Reply
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