Travis Stewart is a man of many musical guises; over the last decade he has produced for the likes of Jesse Boykins III, Azealia Banks and Dawn Richard, as well as collaborated with Praveen Sharma as one half of the R&B-inflected duo Sepalcure, and with Jimmy Edgar as JETS.
Reluctant to rest on his laurels, he has combined this collaborative work with an extensive global touring schedule as a DJ and solo producer, going by the nameMachinedrum. Under this rhythmic moniker he has racked up a spate of acclaimed releases that traverse the hectic soundscapes of drum ‘n’ bass, footwork and jungle, characterising a sound that is instantly recognisable for its density and intricacy.
His second album for Ninja Tune, Human Energy, is released on Friday (September 30th) and sees him stepping away from the high bpm, frenetic layering of percussion that he is known for and moving towards a calmer, more maximal collage of bright sounds. He credits this change in direction to a string of major personal developments: moving to a new city, Los Angeles, proposing to his girlfriend, and discovering the benefits of meditation.
Having just flown into the UK and battling jet lag on the eve of his first show of the album tour, Machinedrum sat down with Clash to talk about the healing capacity of music, the eternal influence of Metallica, and the importance of positivity.
Read the full interview at Clash Magazine
[This piece was originally published on 27/09/16]