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Coachella 2018 is nearly upon us and we’re celebrating with a MiniMix from The M Machine alum Luttrell, who just put out Annie Mac’s hottest record in the world “Intergalactic Plastic” (which we premiered here!) and will be slaying The Do LaB stage at Coachella this weekend. If you haven’t yet cruised The Do LaB stage’s line up, check it out here cause it’s an absolute monster, and whether you’re heading out to Indio this weekend or sitting at home fighting FOMO, this astounding MiniMix is here for you. Enjoy this and Luttrell’s awesome interview below where we find out how he got into making music, what songs he would include on a mixtape for extraterrestrials, and how he would personally curate the Coachella 2018 lineup!

Besides rocking out at the Do LaB stage at Coachella, what activity would you best recommend pairing this mix with?

I’d say it’s a good mix to just sit back and let your mind wander. Maybe find your favorite spot in the sun and just take a half-hour break – daydream for a bit. Who knows what you’ll think about!

The Luttrell sound is quite different than much of The M Machine catalog, have you always been into that Anjuna sound as a producer and fan?

Yeah, I mean, I used to listen to a bit of trance stuff in the late ’90s early 2000s. I’d just go to the local record shop and look for anything that was called something like ‘Trance Nation 2000’ or something like that, haha. I never knew any of the artists or anything so it was always a guessing game. I was always just looking for music that brought those melodic feels. I think it’s an era of music always stuck with me and influenced my work – even things I wrote as The M Machine. But certainly, the Luttrell project just takes it a step further into that feelsy melodic realm – albeit more on the deep house/ techno side.

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

In 8th grade in 1999, I was driving in the car with my mom and the Thompson Twins “Hold Me Now” started playing. For some reason, that was the moment I decided that I was gonna start listening to as much ’80s synth pop and new wave as I could. So I got really into Depeche Mode, The Cure, older U2 stuff, Simple Minds, O.M.D., Joy Division, etc. I think my love for that era of music has really influenced my ear in terms of the chord progressions and melodies I gravitate towards as Luttrell.

If you were curating the Coachella lineup personally who would be headlining this year?

My favorite band – The Smashing Pumpkins.

What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen on the Internet lately? Or maybe ever?

I guess it’s kind of funny, but really, it’s more just mesmerizing. This gif of a rat scrubbing itself with soap in the shower is a must see:

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Are we alone in the universe? If not, what songs would you for sure include on a mixtape for extraterrestrials?

Well, considering there’s hundreds of billions of stars in our own galaxy, and an estimated 100 billion galaxies in our observable universe, I’d say the likelihood that we’re alone is pretty much zero. For our cosmic pals, I’d include David Bowie’s “Life on Mars” ’cause that song’s the best, and for the scary, hostile aliens I’d probably include some Sigur Ros, ’cause how can you possibly be aggressive and angry while listening to Sigur Ros? C’mon…

Can you name us a few artists we likely haven’t heard of yet but need to check out?

Not sure how unknown they are, but they’re stuff I’m really into at the moment:

Antic – “Vignes Folles”
Photay – “Off-Piste”
Youandewan – “Waiting For L”
Yppah – “Bushmills”

Luttrell – What You Are (Anjunadeep)
Luttrell – Contact (Anjunadeep)
Luttrell – Away (Anjunadeep)
KiNK – Pocket Piano (Breakbeat Mix) (Running Back)
Moby – Porcelain (Luca Agnelli Remix) (Drumcode)
Luttrell – Need You (Anjunadeep)
Luttrell – Intergalactic Plastic (Anjunadeep)