How the M Machine went from playing guitars and pianos to pushing dance music's boundaries

Bands like San Francisco-based M Machine are helping American dance music grow and spread its reach into every genre. What started out as three friends working in a parallel field -- audio tracking for video games -- snowballed into a full-on band, complete with as-it-happens video production and live vocals. It's not the dance music you're hearing at the major festivals, but it is helping to expand the bubble of EDM outside of the clubs and into the venues around the country. We spoke with Ben Swardlick about how the group came together, how they got on with Skrillex's OWSLA label, and what they hope to achieve in 2014.
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Britt Chester is a writer and video producer living in Denver, Colorado. He's covered breaking news, music, arts and cannabis for Westword since 2010. His work has appeared in GQ Magazine, Village Voice, YES! Weekly, Inman News and the Winston-Salem Journal. He likes running, cycling, and interviewing people.
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