Chrome Sparks + Machinedrum
Saturday, Apr 14, 2018 9:00 PM PDT
(8:00 PM Doors)
Star Theater, Portland, OR
21 years and over
Chrome Sparks is the solo project of Jeremy Malvin, a Brooklyn transplant from Pittsburgh by way of Ann Arbor. In 2014, after having self released a small handful of singles and two EPs on Bandcamp, Malvin signed to the taste making Sydney based label Future Classic. Under the new label, he rereleased Sparks EP and released the Goddess EP. His next EP, Parallelism is slated to be released with Future Classic on November 6.
Inspired by a background in classical percussion and an obsession with synthesizers, Malvin creates dazed, melodic beat-centric tunes that loosely hang between down-tempo head nodders and up-tempo club bangers. FADER has described his music as 'form-shifting beats [that] seem to resonate with spaced-out chillers and hyperactive party kids alike.'
In 2012, while on Warped Tour as the drummer for Stepdad, Malvin released the slow burning, bass heavy single "Marijuana" on a Bandcamp compilation highlighting music from he and his friends in Ann Arbor. It quickly rocketed to #1 on Hype Machine and has since become an internet-stoner anthem. It has subsequently been rereleased by Future Classic and Kitsuné.
His upcoming release, Parallelism, was made using sounds from three analog synthesizers, vocal samples from friends, and a tambourine.
North Carolina-born artist Travis Stewart AKA Machinedrum has produced and composed over a dozen albums under various aliases since his first independent release in 1999. Covering an astonishing variety of styles through his solo work and with collaborative projects Sepalcure, JETS and Dream Continuum, Travis delivers his signature on every thing he touches; from his 2013 'Vapor City' LP for Ninja Tune, to his production work for the likes of Azealia Banks, Jamie Liddell and Jesse Boykins II, which has made him widely recognised as a producer's producer, a pioneer of many styles, and a master of his craft.