The M Machine & Niko The Kid

RealMusic Events presents...

The M Machine & Niko The Kid

Sat, August 5, 2017

9:00 pm (event ends at 2:00 am)


This event is 18 and over

The M Machine
The M Machine
Hyper-creative and sophisticated in craft, San Francisco-based electronic act The M Machine bring a rare mix of genre-bending ingenuity and refined musicianship to every
element of their musical output. With their most recent EP—the five-song ‘Just Like’, released on Skrillex’s OWSLA label in November 2014—vocalist/composer/producers Ben
Swardlick and Eric Luttrell deliver a deeply melodic and infectiously upbeat take on underground house. Not only a dramatic departure from their darkly charged earlier work, ‘Just Like’ finds The M Machine abandoning all EDM convention and creating a vocal propelled, indie-minded breed of dance music that hinges on pure emotion and unbridled
energy. As with their many much-acclaimed remixes (such as their official reworkings of Bruno
Mars’s “Locked Out Of Heaven,” Passion Pit’s “Take a Walk,” and Empire of the Sun’s
“DNA”), the latest step in The M Machine’s artistic progression is both intensely club-oriented
and boldly inventive. Revealing a supreme grasp of rhythm and groove honed in part from
their lengthy live experience (including support slots on tours with artists like Porter Robinson
and The Glitch Mob), ‘Just Like’ infuses The M Machine’s delicate balance of artistry and
emotionalism into everything from the heady, bass-heavy throb of the title track to the hearton-sleeve
dream-pop of “Over/Love” to the sunny, spaced-out synth of “Don’t Speak.”
Both lifelong music obsessives who’d played piano and guitar since they were kids,
Swardlick and Luttrell began experimenting with making melody-driven electronic music as
students at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Though each brought his own distinct
sensibilities to the collaboration—Luttrell grew up on new wave, West Coast hip-hop, and
early-‘90s alt-rock, while Swardlick’s key inspirations include Gorillaz and the early electronic
sounds of Herbie Hancock—the two bonded over a shared belief in prizing musicality over
production finesse. Soon after graduating and moving to San Francisco, The M Machine
crossed paths with Skrillex, showed their music to the six-time Grammy Award-winner, and
ended up signed to his just-launched label by 2011. In April 2012, OWSLA put out The M
Machine’s ‘Metropolis Pt. I’, a concept EP inspired by Fritz Lang’s groundbreaking 1927 sci-fi
film. Like ‘Metropolis Pt. 2’ (a follow-up EP released in February 2013), The M Machine’s
debut drew from the movie’s dystopian vision and constructed a lush but brooding sound that
garnered serious critical praise and—along with the group’s appearances at major festivals
like Electric Daisy Carnival, Ultra Music Festival, and Tomorrowland—helped the group gain
a massive following.
For much of the first five years of The M Machine’s lifespan, Swardlick and Luttrell holed up
in a warehouse/recording studio that was once home to arena-rock legends Journey and—
under The M Machine’s wing—eventually evolved into an a collective of visual artists,
engineers, and designers who shared their DIY ethic and restless creativity. The duo
continue to sustain the passion for constant innovation that’s powered the project since the
beginning. And no matter how the mood of their music changes over the years, The M
Machine remain committed to building their sound around a strong emotional core. “We're
proud to have a fan base as creative and taste-driven as we are.” says Swardlick. Luttrell
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Venue Information:
Kingdom Nightclub
103 E 5th St.
Austin, TX, 78701