Every Thursday we continue to dig into the electronic faction of Mad Cool Festival 2017. Today we analyze Machinedrum, the musical proyect of Travis Steward, an American electronic music producer born in North Carolina (1982) and currently living in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin Here are 6 things you should know about him:
1. Machinedrum is just one of the many pseudonyms of Travis Steward. He is also known as Syndrone, Tstewart and Neon Black. He is one half of Sepalcure (with Samuel McPaike), one half of Jets (with Jimmy Edgar), as well as half of Dream Continuum (with Jim Coles).
2. He was exposed to a wide range of musical influences in his childhood. His grandfather played pedal steel for a country band, and gave Stewart his first guitar. His first recordings were made at his grandparents' house, around the age of 5 or 6. His parents kept a house full of instruments, and a singer-songwriter cousin continually exposed him to new sounds and ideas.
3. He fostered an interest with polyrhythms while playing the djembe in an African ensemble in his high school years Stewart played in two local alternative bands, before turning more towards electronic music around 1998 and 1999.
4. At the age of 19, he released his first record as Machinedrum, Now You Know (2001). At the time, Stewart moved to New York City and got involved with the electronic Brooklyn scene, and has since collaborated with such people as Tiombe Lockhart, Theophilus London, Azealia Banks and Mickey Factz, among others.
5. From 2001–2010, Stewart is credited for having released 8 albums, 20 remixes, and numerous mixes, singles, and EPs. In 2010, Stewart wrote (along with Praaven Sharma) the song Outside The Lines for the Darren Aronofsky film Black Swan.
6. Currently Steward release his music with prestigious British label Ninja Tune, including albums Vapor City (2013) and Human Energy (2016), with colaborations from D∆WN, Jesse Boykins III, Kevin Hussein, Melo-X, Rochelle Jordan, Ruckazoid and Tosin Abasi.