11+3 is designed to give you an insight into the motivations and aspirations of the best creative minds in the world.
:SepalcureThis time with the New York Duo Praveen Sharma & Travis Stewart aka Sepalcure. Each artist is asked 11 set questions and to contribute 3 “facts” which can be any statement from them on absolutely anything: their own views on politics, religion, the environment, sport…or just something they read in the paper or saw on TV.
1: This is the first project we’ve fully collaborated on
2: All our artwork is done by Sougwen Chung (http://sougwen.com)
3: We <3 wooden snares
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Praveen | Love
Travis | Healing
2. How and when did you get into making music?
Praveen | We’ve both been releasing music for over a decade now but we started playing music long before that. Travis first released as Syndrone and Machinedrum on Merck Records and I was releasing music under my first name, Praveen, on Neo Ouija. I last released an EP with my friend Benoît Pioulard under the name Praveen & Benoît. Travis just released his latest Machinedrum & TStewart jams on Lucky Me.
Travis | Our collab started around a year ago when Praveen’s girlfriend moved to Europe and he finally had some free time haha! Little did we know that those late night jam sessions would fall into the hands of Hotflush very shortly after making them. The rest is history
3. What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
Aphex Twin | Come to Daddy
Miles Davis | Kind of Blue
Tribe Called Quest | Low End Theory
Burial | Burial
Pavement | Slanted & Enchanted
Autechre | Cichli Suite
Sonic Youth | Dirty
Steve Reich | Music for 18 Musicians
Tortoise | TNT
Boards of Canada | Music Has the Right to Children
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Praveen | Techno
Travis | The worlds new melting pot
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
Praveen | Home
Travis | My Studio
7. What was the last record you bought?
Praveen | Shed – The Traveller
Travis | Jimmy Edgar – XXX
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Dub War NYC. That night in general has always been something special, but playing on that sound system for a crowd of people hungry to hear us was exhilarating.
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Technology is great but it really comes down to the person using it and not the gear.
Sepalcure’s combination of love for bass and 90s house acapellas is the culmination of a cathartic two week collaboration between Machinedrum and Praveen.
Sepalcure | The Warning
Their mix of tribal dub, house and two step beats works equally well for both late nights in the club and rainy, introspective nights at home. Detroit techno chords cut through wooden beats, neon synths and dubbed out atmospherics.