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This week we have a very special MiniMix from the inimitable Channel Tres, who opened up for Robyn last week during Red Bull Music Festival LA and just hit the road with her before heading down to CRSSD in San Diego this weekend. His soul-leaning tendencies both in his own music and his song choices make for high-impact sets that will leave you reeling to get your hands on the tracklist. Fortunately this week, we have a 40-minute mix complete with a tracklist at the bottom of the post, so you won’t be left wondering what magic you just heard. The Compton-hailing producer also took the time to answer a few of our burning questions below, check that interview out while you bump this oh-so-satisfying MiniMix.

What activity or activities is this mix best paired with?

West Coast vibrations.

We’ve heard you describe your music as “self-empowerment that makes you move your ass,” what exactly do you mean by that?

It takes action to make positive choices to get through my trauma and music helps a lot because I get to talk about it and dance.

What was your first live music experience?

In first grade, my teacher asked me to lead a song.

What about your first DJ set?

I started in college doing campus parties.

What do you think was unique about your childhood that most contributed to the artist you grew up to be?

Being raised by my great grandparents.

Was there a specific catalyst that prompted you to dedicate your life to music?

Pain and soul music.

What’s the last thing you saw on the internet that made you laugh?


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Do you believe in extraterrestrial life and if so what songs would you for sure include on a mixtape for them?
I’m one of ’em.


Rapsody – Pay Up
Erykah Badu – Bump It (Pt 1 + 2)
Tyler the Creator – Where This Flower Blooms
Viola – Little Girl (Original Kyle Smith Club Mix)
Dam-Funk – In the City
Dizzy Fae – Lifestyle
Channel Tres – Topdown
Daft Punk – Digital Love
Stevie Wonder – All I Do
Barry White – It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me
Rhythm & Sound – Free For All (Soundstream Remix)
The Gap Band – Outstanding