Parterre du Quartier des spectacles 04/06/2016
WHO: North Carolina-born artist Travis Stewart, also known as Syndrone and as one half of Sepalcure, JETS and Dream Continuum
STYLE: Bass music with ambient dub techno twists, jungle merged with hip hop and footwork
LATEST WORK: Folding Time (2016, with Sepalcure), Vapor City Remixes (2015), Movin' Forward – A Tribute To DJ Rashad (2015)
LABELS: Ninja Tune, Merck Records, LuckyMe, Hotflush Recordings, Planet Mu Records
MORE: Collaborated on production for Azealia Banks, Jamie Liddell, Jesse Boykins III, Kelis, Roots Manuva and D∆WN; his single She Died There was featured in video game Grand Theft Auto V
MUTEKs: Mexico: 2013, 2011 (also with Sepalcure)
A prolific experimenter in bass driven jungle layered in acoustic and electronic instrumentation, field recordings and splintered vocals, Machinedrum crafts more than tracks – he creates environments for listeners to live among and sometimes lose themselves his sound.
Since 1999, Travis Stewart has produced and composed over a dozen albums under various aliases, earning a reputation as a genre crossing producer’s producer. He began making electronic music in high school using secondhand computers and released his Machinedrum debut on Merck Records while studying audio engineering at college. A move to New York City and involvement with an underground community of artists brought solo releases, a mixtape with MC Theophilus London, EPs with label LuckyMe and the formation of celebrated bass duo Sepalcure with Praveen Sharma (Braille, Percussion Lab collective). A relocation to Berlin coincided with the full length Room(s), and more stylistic discoveries, these wrapped in juke, jungle and drum and bass.
More disruptions of genre naturally came with longtime collaborator Jimmy Edgar as dance floor kicker duo JETS, and in skittering vocals over euphoric jungle-meets-footwork beats as Dream Continuum with Jim Coles (Om Unit). Atmospheric experiments in high-rpm jungle, hip hop, footwork colliding with synthy breakbeat IDM populate the conceptual urban realm of Stewart’s Vapor City project on Ninja Tune – he expanded the series into a website, digital citizen program, NYC-based multimedia art exhibit and audiovisual shows with live drums, followed up by EPs, remixes from heavyweights, and extending his footwork chops on an airy synth collaborative/tribute album to Rashad Harden.
From SXSW and an Australian tour, Machinedrum rolls onto MUTEK’s outdoor stage with a live set of massive jungle and body-lifting footwork as only he can twist it.
El Plaza Condesa 28/10/2011