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Birth name Travis Stewart
Also known as Syndrone, Tstewart, Neonblack, Jets, Spirit Gypsies, Aden
Born (1982-03-04) March 4, 1982
Eden, North Carolina, US
Genres IDM, glitch, jungle, footwork, juke
Occupation(s) Musician, record producer
Instruments Sequencer, keyboard, computer, sampler
Years active 2000–present
Labels Ninja Tune
Merck Records
Planet Mu
Hot Flush
Moodgadget (As Tstewart)

Travis Stewart (born March 4, 1982), better known as Machinedrum, is an American electronic music producer and performer from North Carolina.[1] He is also known as Syndrone and Tstewart.[2] He is one half of Sepalcure,[3] with Praveen Sharma, one half of Jets, with Jimmy Edgar.,[4] as well as half of Dream Continuum, with Jim Coles, a.k.a. Om Unit.[5]


  • Biography 1
  • Discography 2
    • Records 2.1
    • Selected Remixes 2.2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Travis Stewart was born on March 4, 1982 in Eden, North Carolina. 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.[6][7] He fostered an interest with polyrhythms while playing marching snare in his high school band, and the djembe in an African ensemble.[8] Stewart played in two local alternative bands, before turning more towards electronic music around the time of 8th grade.[6] Using handed down computers, he began to produce his own music, and connected with a community of likeminded musicians over the internet. He started the Machinedrum project during his final two years of high school, between 1998 and 1999.[7] After graduation, he attended Full Sail University in Florida to study audio engineering.[1] In 2001, at the age of 19, he released his first record as Machinedrum, Now You Know, on Merck Records.[9]

Following college, Stewart moved to New York City and got involved with Brooklyn-based boutique label Normrex, and has since collaborated with such people as Tiombe Lockhart,[10] Theophilus London, Jesse Boykins III, Azealia Banks, and Mickey Factz among others.[7] For Theophilus London, Stewart produced the Jam Mixtape and mixed This Charming Mixtape.[11][12] For Azealia Banks, he produced the tracks Barbie Shit, L8R, and Fantasea among others.[13][14] From 2001–2010, Stewart is credited for having released 8 albums, 20 remixes, and numerous mixes, singles, and EPs.[15]

Stewart's collaboration with Praveen Sharma, known as Sepalcure, began after the two had collaborated on parties Percussion Lab and Cassette NYC, then decided to record music together, which gained the attention of Hotflush records, who signed the duo.[16] Pitchfork Magazine considered their self-titled LP one of 2011's Top 50 albums,[17] and the song "Pencil Pimp," made the list of 2011's Top 100 Tracks.[18] In 2010, Stewart and Sharma wrote and performed the song "Outside The Lines" for the film Black Swan.[19] Also in 2010, Stewart signed to LuckyMe records and released the Many Faces EP, followed by the "Alarma" single in 2011 and the SXLND EP in 2012.[20] In 2011, Stewart released the album Room(s), on Planet Mu.[21] The album was made mostly on the road, with Stewart limited to his laptop and headphones.[22] In 2013, Stewart signed to Ninja Tune and announced his debut LP for the label, Vapor City, would be released later that year.[23] His single "She Died There" was featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto V on the fictional radio station "FlyLo FM."

As a performer, Stewart has played such venues as the Sydney Opera House, the Nokia Theater in New York City, the Sonar Music Festival '11 and '12 in Barcelona, and SXSW.

Stewart currently resides in the Kreuzberg district of Berlin.[24]



  • Syndrone: Triskaideka — Merck (2000)
  • Machinedrum: Now You Know — Merck (2001)
  • Syndrone: Triskaideka EP — Merck (2001)
  • Machinedrum: Half the Battle — Merck (2001)
  • Machinedrum: Urban Biology — Merck (2002)
  • Machinedrum: Half the Battle 2 — Merck (2003)
  • Machinedrum: Bidnezz — Merck (2004)
  • Syndrone: Salmataxia — Merck (2004)
  • Machinedrum: Half the Battle 3 — (2004)
  • Machinedrum: Mergerz & Acquisitionz — Merck (2006)
  • Tstewart: Living Exponentially — Merck (2006)
  • Machinedrum: Cached — The Inside (2006)
  • Machinedrum: Want To 1 2? — Normrex (2009)
  • Machinedrum: Late Night Operation — Normrex (2009)
  • Machinedrum: Many Faces EP — LuckyMe (2010)
  • Machinedrum: Let It EP — Innovative Leisure (2010)
  • Sepalcure: Love Pressure — Hotflush (2010)
  • Machinedrum: Sacred Frequency EP — Planet Mu (2011)
  • Machinedrum: Alarma 12" — LuckyMe (2011)
  • Machinedrum: Room(s) — Planet Mu (2011)
  • Sepalcure: Fleur — Hotflush (2011)
  • Machinedrum: Ecstasy Boom — Independent (2011)
  • Sepalcure: Sepalcure — Hotflush (2011)
  • Machinedrum: SXLND — LuckyMe (2012)
  • Machinedrum: Nastyfuckk EP — The Index (2012)
  • JETS: JETS — Leisure System (2012)
  • Machinedrum: Eyesdontlie – Ninja Tune (2013)
  • Machinedrum: Vapor City – Ninja Tune (2013)
  • Machinedrum: Gunshotta Ave. – Ninja Tune (2013)
  • Machinedrum: Fenris District – Ninja Tune (2014)
  • Machinedrum: Vapor City Archives – Ninja Tune (2014)

Selected Remixes

  • Jacques Greene – The Look (Machinedrum remix)
  • New Villager – Rich Doors (Machinedrum remix)
  • Grems feat. Foreign Beggars – Broabilly (Machinedrum remix)
  • Salva – Keys Open Doors (Machinedrum remix)
  • Sub Swara feat. Dead Prez – Speak My Language (Machinedrum remix)
  • Johnny Cash – Belshazzar (Machinedrum remix)
  • Solange – Sandcastle Disco (Machinedrum remix)
  • Sound Tribe Sector 9 – Tokyo (Machinedrum remix)
  • Edit – Certified Air Raid Material (Machinedrum remix)
  • Lazer Sword – Gucci Sweatshirt (Neon Black mix)
  • Mochipet – African Trampoline (Machinedrum mix)
  • Bonobo – Eyesdown feat. Andreya Triana (Machinedrum remix)
  • Scuba – M.A.R.S (Machinedrum Remix)
  • Gang Colours – Fancy Restaurant (Machinedrum remix)
  • Dominique Young Unique – Stupid Pretty (machinedrum remix)
  • Son of Kick – Playing The Villain (Machinedrum remix)


  1. ^ a b Machinedrum Interview Interview Magazine, retrieved 9/7/12
  2. ^ Travis Stewart Freq Magazine, 10/12/11
  3. ^ Battaglia, Andy Sepalcure Wall Street Journal, 11/22/11
  4. ^ Jets Fact Mag, 8/19/12
  5. ^ [1] Planet Mu, 1/21/12
  6. ^ a b Menedetter, Valentine Machinedrum Interview HHV Mag, 3/5/12
  7. ^ a b c Dicker, Holly Machinedrum Interview Resident Advisor, 9/19/11
  8. ^ Brailey, Louise Machinedrum Interview The Stool Pigeon, 7/04/11
  9. ^ Hampton, Justin Machinedrum Picks SF Weekly, 9/29/11
  10. ^ Whatchuthinkin Youtube, retrieved 9/7/12
  11. ^ This Charming Mixtape 2 Dope Boyz, retrieved 9/7/12
  12. ^ Jam Above The Fold, 4/30/08
  13. ^ Barbie Shit Prefix Mag, 10/11/11
  14. ^ L8R The Fader, 8/12/10
  15. ^ Machinedrum Discogs, retrieved 9/7/12
  16. ^ Sepalcure Rising Pitchfork, retrieved 9/5/12
  17. ^ Top 50 2011 Pitchfork, retrieved 9/4/12
  18. ^ Top 100 Tracks Pitchfork, Retrieved June 9, 2012
  19. ^ IMDB IMDB, retrieved 9/6/12
  20. ^ Machinedrum Lucky Me, retrieved 9/5/12
  21. ^ Fallon, Patrick Machinedrum Interview XLR8R, 7/11/11
  22. ^ Martin, Lauren Machinedrum Interview Dazed Digital, 1/7/12
  23. ^
  24. ^ Studio Machinedrum XLR8R, retrieved 9/6/12

External links

  • Machinedrum Soundcloud
  • Machinedrum Twitter
  • Sepalcure
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