KCRW’s Private Playlist: Machinedrum

KCRW’s Private Playlist is a listening session with Southern California’s most notable musical figures in their private creative environments. Machinedrum is the primary production and recording vehicle of Travis Stewart, a musical polymath whose career spans more than two decades and over a dozen full-length releases. Taking up the Machinedrum name in 2001, his first critical breakthrough arrived with 2009’s album, “Want To 1 2?” His 2011 album “Room(s),” for the Planet Mu imprint, met with similar acclaim. He went on to form successful collaborations with Praveen Sharma (Sepalcure) and Jimmy Edgar (JETS). As Machinedrum’s own stock continued to rise, Stewart sat in the producer’s chair for artists including Dawn Richard, Theophilus London, Azealia Banks, Rochelle Jordan, and Logic. Similarly in-demand as a remixer, his clientele includes Kelis, Solange, SBTRKT, Bonobo, and DJ Shadow. Now headquartered in Thousand Oaks, his latest album, “A View Of U,” was released in October 2020.