North Carolina-born artist Travis Stewart, best known as Machinedrum, has produced and composed over a dozen albums in a variety of club styles with various projects since his first independent release in 1999.
With a strong background in both acoustic and electronic instrumentation, Stewart was able to navigate those various elements on his earliest releases, from the field recording and vintage synth-laden Urban Biology to This Charming Mixtape with MC Theophilus London, and his critically acclaimed 2009 album Want To 1 2? His debut as Machinedrum, Now You Know, was released in 2001 on pioneering Miami-based Merck Records, while 2010's Many Faces EP ushered in the next phase of Stewart’s career through a fruitful relationship with Glasgow-based label LuckyMe. Sepalcure, a duo that Travis launched with Praveen Sharma (aka Braille) soon became one of the most celebrated names in the bass music scene and a series of releases on the Hotflush imprint gave the duo unique access to the UK-based genre. After temporarily relocating to Berlin, Machinedrum maintained a steady flow of releases including the critically-acclaimed Room(s) on Planet Mu Records, and Vapor City on Ninja Tune, both of which offered fresh perspective on juke, jungle, and drum&bass.
Stewart applies his unique signature to everything he touches, and carving out a career as a world-class producer on top of releasing solo material has seen him team up with the likes of Azealia Banks, Jamie Lidell, Jesse Boykins III, Obenewa and Dawn Richard AKA D∆WN. Having once again relocated, from New York to Los Angeles, Stewart continues to bring together coasts and continents with the dance floor blitzkrieg project JETS with longtime collaborator Jimmy Edgar, and recently released the glowing glitch and pop influenced album Human Energy with Ninja Tune.