Travino’s story could provide a template for every kid of a certain age growing up in Canada. It’s an amalgam of video games, bad haircuts, hockey, and music. “There was a record store near my school called “Vibes” that also had arcade games like Tempest and Zaxxon in the back. It’s where I heard early hip hop and albums by Kraftwerk for the first time.”
Exposed to DIY music culture by his sister at an early age, and turned on to hip-hop in the early 80’s by Grandmaster Flash's 'The Message', Travino instead choose to devote his early teens to amateur astronomy. Equipped with a thirteen-inch short focus reflector, he attempted to observe every deep sky object charted in Wil Tirion’s Sky Atlas 2000. He gave up somewhere in Canes Venatici.
"I want to be a master of making something-out-of-nothing" says Travino, and indeed the tracks here pursue their own internal logic that differs from the electronic classics of the past. They are remarkable in their complete disregard for how a beat or rhythm should traditionally sound. It's a nod to the past, as well as the funk of the future.
"Growing up in the suburbs is really important to me. I want to get to the point where I can actually capture the essence of my childhood in my work. This music describes me, and my environment, like nothing ever will.”
Travino tracks are made in echoing hallways, next to the photocopier, near the fire escape, above the parking lot, during heat waves.