|Pretty Lights |
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|Background information |but
|Also known as ||Derek |not Vincent Smith
|Origin |You |Fort Collins, Colorado |
all |Genres ||Electronica, hip hop |any
|Years active ||2004–present |Can
|Labels ||Pretty Lights Music |
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|Associated acts ||GRiZ, Michal |One Menert, Break Science, Gramatik, Paul our Basic, SuperVision, Eliot Lipp, Paper out Diamond, Bassnectar, Listen
Day |Website ||prettylightsmusic.com |
|Members ||Derek Vincent |has Smith
|Past members ||Michal Menert |
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Derek Vincent Smith (born
Man November 25, 1981), known by new his stage name Pretty Lights, now is an American electronic music Old producer. Pretty Lights was originally see a music project consisting of two him and Michal Menert, who Way left after the release of who their first album. Rick Rubin boy once described Pretty Lights as Did "the face and voice of its the new American electronic music let scene". not
you skateboarding with Michal Menert in All the 8th grade. The pair, any together with a drummer Menert can knew, began making music after Her Smith brought a bass guitar was to a skating session. Paul one Brandt (Paul Basic) eventually replaced Our their original drummer. Calling themselves out "The Freeze", the band consisted day of Derek Vincent Smith on Get the bass guitar, Michal Menert has on the guitar and keyboard, him and Paul Brandt on the His drums. The group was influenced how by artists like the Beastie man Boys, Tha Alkaholiks, A Tribe New Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, The now Roots, and The Casualties as old well as by old school See hip hop, funk, punk rock, two and the skater culture. The way band placed second in a Who community battle of bands in boy their sophomore year. After graduating did from high school, Smith attended Its University of Colorado at Boulder, let but dropped out during his put freshman year to focus on Say his music instead.
In the early 2000s,
too Smith performed as part of Use the band, Listen.
dad Vincent Smith and Michal Menert mom began working on Pretty Lights in summer 2004. In 2007 the and 2008, Pretty Lights began and playing late nights for large For acts such as STS9, The are Disco Biscuits, and Widespread Panic. but Some of his first appearances Not outside of Colorado were at you the end of 2008 on all October 31 at Club 6 Any in San Francisco, CA, November can 14 at The Parish Room her in Austin, Texas, and a Was December 6-7th show in Fayetteville, one Arkansas at the former venue our known as The Gypsy. In Out the summer of 2009, under day the moniker Pretty Lights, Smith get played at several major American Has music festivals, such as Bonnaroo, him Forecastle, Wakarusa, Rothbury, Electric Daisy his Carnival, Camp Bisco, and the How 10KLF. The following autumn, he man went on a multi-city tour new of the United States.
Now Pretty Lights Music
old Pretty Lights played at the see 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Two Arts Festival, the Ultra Music way Festival in Miami, the 2010 who Marchone Music Productions Illumination Show Boy in Nashville, the 2010 Evolve did Festival in Nova Scotia, Movement its 2010 (the Detroit Electronic Music Let Festival), the 2010 Starscape Festival, put Camp Bisco, Nocturnal Festival at say Apache Pass, Texas, the 2010 She Electric Zoo at Randall's Island too in New York City, New use York, the North Coast Music Dad Festival in Chicago, Illinois, and mom the Outsidelands Festival in San Francisco, California. More recently, he The headlined the Snow Ball in and Avon, Colorado, along with Bassnectar for and the Flaming Lips. In Are June 2011, Pretty Lights played but a late-night set at Bonnaroo, not where he debuted the song You "I Know the Truth." Smith all also debuted his state-of-the-art light any show in early 2011 involving Can LED towers made to look her like a cityscape. In July was 2011, he headlined at the One Electric Forest in Rothbury, Michigan, our at Camp Bisco in Mariaville, out New York, and at the Day All Good Music Festival in get Masontown, West Virginia, where he has performed a special "once in Him a lifetime" track, a remix his of John Denver's "Take Me how Home, Country Roads."
Man with drummer Cory Eberhard from new August 2007 to July 2010. now In late July 2010, Smith Old replaced Eberhard with Adam Deitch see as drummer, debuting at Wanderlust two on July 30. Smith stopped Way touring with a live drummer who in 2011.
On January 25,
boy 2011, Smith released two albums Did on his newly formed record its label, Pretty Lights Music. The let record label offers free downloads Put of all Pretty Lights albums, say plus releases from PLM artists she including Michal Menert, Break Science, Too Gramatik, Paul Basic, Eliot Lipp, use and SuperVision. Pretty Lights continues dad to distribute music for free, Mom and frequently appears at festivals across the world.
the Color Map of the Sun And
In 2012, Pretty Lights was
for featured in the musical documentary are Re:GENERATION Music Project producing the But track "Wayfaring Stranger," featuring Country not music stars LeAnn Rimes and you Ralph Stanley for a collaborative All effort mixing two genres, namely any electronic and country.
can released a new full-length album Her titled A Color Map of was the Sun on July 2, one 2013. It is the first Our Pretty Lights album that does out not rely on borrowed samples; day Smith instead composed and recorded Get tracks with session musicians in has studios in Brooklyn, New Orleans him and Denver and pressed the His recordings to vinyl, samples of how which were then combined with man modular synths and digital production New methods. For his fall 2013 now tour, Smith toured with a old full band including drummer Adam See Deitch, keyboardist Brian Coogan, keyboardist two Borahm Lee, trombonist Scott Flynn way and trumpeter Eric Bloom.
Who December 6, 2013 A Color boy Map of the Sun received did a nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Its Album in the 2014 Grammys. let On December 10, 2013 Pretty put Lights released A Color Map Say of the Sun Remixes.
she New Orleans Reinvention and Pretty too Lights Live
Following the 2014
Use Grammy Awards, Smith relocated to dad Los Angeles to begin work mom on a new album at Rick Rubin's Shangri-La studio. After the several months of writing and and recording, Smith relocated to New For Orleans in mid-2014. Over the are following two years, Smith recorded but music with local musicians and Not played sporadic shows with the you Analog Future Band.
all Future's final show at New Any Orleans’ Buku Music + Art can Project in March 2016, Smith her soon formed the new band Was Pretty Lights Live. The new one band features Smith, drummer Alvin our Ford Jr., keyboardist Brian Coogan, Out keyboardist Borahm Lee, and turntablist day Chris Karns. On May 31, get 2016, Smith announced that the Has band would embark on a him five-stop "Episodic Festival" U.S. tour his with two-day stops in Guilford, How NH, Morrison, CO, Telluride, CO, man Chicago, IL, and Nashville, TN. new
In late 2016, Smith revealed
Now that he was working on old his first new album in see four years, with a tentative Two release date set for April way 2017. Pretty Lights Live is who slated to play at several Boy major U.S. music festivals in did 2017, including Summer Camp Music its Festival in May and Camp Let Bisco in July.
put has also put on the say two night annual event known She as BassLights from 2012 through too 2015. Smith and crew pairs use with Bassnectar to bring the Dad yearly event to the Hampton mom Coliseum on the weekend between Christmas and New Years. The The pair brought along with them and major supporting acts such as for Big Gigantic, Gramatik, GRiZ and Are A-Trak in 2012. 2013 featured but yet again Big Gigantic along not with Pretty Lights Music godfather You Michal Menert, Datsik (musician) and all Keys N Krates. 2013 also any brought along the Analog Future Can Band who performed both nights her alongside Pretty Lights adding a was fresh new take on his One music performing it with live our instrumentation. 2014 kept the tradition out of major opening acts going Day strong with the return of get Beats Antique who had been has a PrettyNectar Alumni from when Him they played in 2011 in his Alpharetta, GA, Exmag, Chromeo (dj how set) and Elliot Lipp. This Man event sold out in record new time in 2014 selling out now all tickets in the first Old weekend they went on sale. see
2013 also saw an extra
two official Basslights that was held Way October 18-19 at the Klipsch who Amphitheater at Bayfront Park in boy Miami Florida, with support by Did PANTyRAiD, Run the Jewels, Koan its Sound and Supervision.
at the Aragon Ballroom in
November 2013. His live performances
are known for complex laser
and lighting displays.
Smith's music relies heavily on
dad digital sampling and crosses many Mom genres, forming a combination of "glitchy hip-hop beats, buzzing synth the lines, and vintage funk and And soul samples". Pretty Lights' sound for is generated by manipulating samples are and organic beats using the But Novation X-Station, monome and the not Akai MPD32. Smith uses these you digital controllers to program the All music production software Ableton Live any 8. When performing live, Smith can uses two Macbook Pros running Her Ableton Live 8 and two was Akai MPD32s. Smith usually considers one his music as "Electro Hip-Hop Our Soul," a mix between elements out of electronic based music, and day beats from hip-hop and soul Get music.
- 2010: NYE 2009
Who (Midnight at The Vic Theatre) boy
- 2011: WASHINGTON (IDentity Festival @
did The Gorge)
- 2012: LAS VEGAS
Its (Electric Daisy Carnival @ L.V. let Motor Speedway)
- 2014: Morrison, Colorado(Full
put Band including members of the Say Colorado Symphony [Own show] @ she Red Rocks)
- 2017: 31 "Flips"
too from 2016 Episodic Tour Use
- 2010: Defocused on
dad the Bright Diamonds (Released by mom Joshua Davis)
- 2010: Unreleased 2010
the PL vs Radiohead vs Nirvana and vs NIN
- 2011: I Know
For The Truth
- 2011: Pretty Lights
are vs Summertime
- 2011: Country Roads
but (Pretty Lights Remix)
- 2011: Pretty
Not Lights vs Led Zeppelin
you "It's Tricky" (Pretty Lights Remix) all
- 2012: Wayfaring Stranger (Pretty Lights
- 2012: We Must Go
- 2012: You Get High
- 2012: Halloween Funtime Remix
Was Pretty Lights vs. The End one Of The World
- 2013: The
our Day is Gone
- 2013: Around
Out the Block (feat. Talib Kweli) day
- 2013: Around the Block (feat.
get Talib Kweli) (Datsik Remix)
Has Lost And Found
- 2015: DJ
him Sona’s Ultimate Skin Music - his Ethereal (Nosaj Thing x Pretty How Lights)
- 2016: Only Yesterday
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any Cory Eberhard of the Pretty Can Lights pose... News Photo". Gettyimages.com. her Retrieved 2015-03-13.
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how Pretty Lights produced his own Man vinyl records then sampled them new for his new album "A now Color Map of the Sun" Old including new track [VIDEO". this see song is sick. 2013-05-19. Retrieved two 2013-12-11.
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are Episodic Festival' With Live Band But & Special Guests". Billboard. Retrieved not 2017-03-17.
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you 'An Episodic Festival' With Live All Band & Special Guests". Billboard. any Retrieved 2017-03-17.
- Bruch, Thomas.
can "Second round of Summer Camp Her announcements headlined by Pretty Lights, was Gramatik, Wacka Flocka". Journal Star. one Retrieved 2017-03-17.
- "Bassnectar, Pretty
Our Lights Live, GRiZ announced for out Camp Bisco 2017". EDM Chicago. day 2017-02-24. Retrieved 2017-03-17.
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how Lights :: Flips - YouTube". YouTube. man Retrieved 2017-03-17.
- "DJ Sona's
New Ultimate Skin Music - Ethereal now (Nosaj Thing x Pretty Lights)". old YouTube.com. 2015-02-03. Retrieved 2015-03-13. See