Pretty Lights (Derek Vincent Smith) is back from a full summer hitting the festival circuit in the UK and Europe, with stops at many major festivals including Sonar (Barcelona), Glastonbury (UK), Exit Festival (Serbia), Melt! Festival (Germany), and Tomorrowland (Netherlands). In addition to the festival shows, the GRAMMY-nominated artist also headlined shows in Paris and Ibiza.
Derek Vincent Smith, a Colorado native, also celebrated his fifth season selling out two nights at Red Rocks, this year in under twelve hours. He performed an unprecedented six sets over the course of the two nights, with not a single repeat: two solo sets, two sets with the Analog Future Band, and two sensationally captivating sets featuring members of the Colorado Symphony.
The legendary Rick Rubin has described Pretty Lights as “the face and voice of the new American electronic music scene” and Rolling Stone praised A Color Map of the Sun as a “uniquely crafted, groove-centric head trip.” The album was also nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Dance/Electronica Album category. To produce A Color Map of the Sun, Smith spent a year composing and recording music and vocals that emulated genres and time periods that spanned the last century, then pressed it to vinyl. He used that vinyl along with a massive custom built analog modular synth to create A Color Map of the Sun. The second disc of the double-CD set, entitled Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun, contains 13 tracks from the recording sessions.
Official Site: PrettyLightsMusic.com