Pretty Lights is ubiquitous – he is just about anywhere and everywhere these days. Popping up at festivals worldwide, with free downloads all day on www.prettylightmusic.com and just recently announcing a series of Amphitheater style shows with Bassnectar that have them commanding a reported $150,000 a night for the duo.
Some of the festivals he’s performing at include Southern California’s very own Lightning in A Bottle coming up this weekend with Mr. Derek Vincent Smith playing on Saturday night as the headliner on the Lightning Stage at 12:30 a.m. PL’s line-up topping status won’t be lost on the committed electro fans that attend LIB, nor will it be lost on the 100,000+ expected to descend onto Manchester, TN for Bonnaroo X a few weeks later.
Having played the festival in 2009 for an intimate late night set, the beat-maestro returns to deliver some whomp, thump and bump to the swampy, sticky, over-heated ‘Roo crew.
If you’re not hip to Pretty Lights – he is at the top of the digital sampling, glitch-hop game. His production crosses a variety of genre barriers, sampling from a plethora of styles to create something uniquely new that has the flavors of old school hip-hop and soul. PL generates his beat compositions using the monome and the AKAI MPD32, and runs those through Ableton.
Although traditionally touring with a drummer (most recently Adam Deitch and originally Corey Eberhard), rumor has it that his summer festival run will be just Mr. Smith on the computer and machinery with no accompanying live drummer.
While I definitely prefer the live drummer status, either way – Pretty Lights is an artist definitely worth catching.