Derek Vincent Smith born November 25, 1981, known by his stage name Pretty Lights, is an American electronic music producer. Pretty Lights was originally a music project consisting of him and Michal Menert, who left after the release of their first album. Rick Rubin once described Pretty Lights as “the face and voice of the new American electronic music scene”.
In 2010, Pretty Lights played at the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, the 2010 Marchone Music Productions Illumination Show in Nashville, the 2010 Evolve Festival in Nova Scotia, Movement 2010 (the Detroit Electronic Music Festival), the 2010 Starscape Festival, Camp Bisco, Nocturnal Festival at Apache Pass, Texas, the 2010 Electric Zoo at Randall’s Island in New York City, New York, the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, and the Outsidelands Festival in San Francisco, California. More recently, he headlined the Snow Ball in Avon, Colorado, along with Bassnectar and the Flaming Lips. In June 2011, Pretty Lights played a late-night set at Bonnaroo, where he debuted the song “I Know the Truth.” Smith also debuted his state-of-the-art light show in early 2011 involving LED towers made to look like a cityscape. In July 2011, he headlined at the Electric Forest in Rothbury, Michigan, at Camp Bisco in Mariaville, New York, and at the All Good Music Festival in Masontown, West Virginia, where he performed a special “once in a lifetime” track, a remix of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”
See a full list of upcoming Pretty Lights shows here.
Without further ado, Pretty Light’s top 5 tracks of all time:
5. Pretty Lights – Only Yesterday
4. Pretty Lights – Finally Moving
3. PrettyLights – We Must Go On
2. Pretty Lights – I Know The Truth
1. Pretty Lights – One Day They’ll Know (ODESZA Remix)
BONUS: Pretty Lights – Rainbows & Waterfalls