This month’s PATTERN playlist curator is John Tuttle, a vocalist and guitarist in local the electro-pop group, Dreamchief. His cousin Luke Tuttle is the other half of the act. In this month’s playlist, John tuned us in to the best music he’s been listening to lately.
Tell us about your musical background.
When I was in early grade-school, before streaming services were even invented, I would go through my dad’s CD/Tape cabinet to discover music. I remember finding two artists’ box sets that really impacted my songwriting and overall blueprint for song creation: Led Zeppelin & Tom Petty. I played their CD’s to death. Then as an early teenager, I stumbled upon Darude, Deadmau5, Mylo, RAC, O-Zone and several other electronic producers/Djs, which were the initial spark of my love for electronic music; specifically techno and house. I also love old-school metal like Judas Priest, Pantera, Metallica, etc. So, my tastes are all over the place, but I think it helps me create things I find eclectic and interesting. Luke, my cousin and the other half of Dream Chief, fuels the fire with his love for Supertramp, The Eagles, America and other bands that I didn’t really grow up on. I feel that it all makes for a really fun melting pot.
Tell us about the mix you curated. Does it give off a type of mood? What should we be doing while listening in?
So, this is super current and just a culmination of tracks I’ve been listening to in the recent weeks and months. Two of these groups, JAC and The Wldlife I am great friends with. We are on the same boutique label and creative house with JAC, and I went to school with all of the guys from The Wldlfe. I also added our latest release, “Love Me Back,” which is really special to me.
I listen to a lot of music that is far older than these songs, but this playlist is what’s fresh. I wouldn’t say there is a specific mood. Some are groovy, and some are more somber and chill. You could bump this through your house while you’re folding laundry or something….or go for a fall drive.
What groups are killing the game right now?
Well an obvious one is Travis Scott, whom Luke and I have loved for years now and he’s on such a new level. I really think Elderbrook, a London-based producer and songwriter, is murdering it right now too. He’s really jumped to the forefront of vibey, catchy club/pop music in the last year.
Tell me about your past and current music projects.
Currently, I invest the majority of my time and energy into Dream Chief. Luke and I are preparing to release our single, “Can’t Get Enough” along with its music video. We both have a slew of other tracks that we are fired up about and will see the light of day when the time is right. I also DJ quite a bit, which is a lot of fun, and I work on a project called Sol Eyes too.
What are your interests outside of music?
Outside of music, I love to exercise, read non-fictional books, drive fast cars (that aren’t mine), travel with my wife, spend time with family, taste as many micro-brews as possible and learn as much as I possibly can.