Denver, Colorado's Pretty Lights, aka producer/DJ Derek Vincent Smith and drummer Adam Deitch, create futuristic urban grooves that soundtrack what can be a quasi-cinematic experience at intimate nightclubs and massive outdoor festivals, alike.
The visual components of the live show - the lanky Smith towering above his mixer and assorted gear at center stage, Deitch keeping time at a trap kit at stage right, elaborate LCD displays and an intricate laser light display - allow the audience member to edit scenes, both static and kinetic, into imagined short films. This subjective, graphic experience is complemented by the music, which has the raw power to keep a crowd moving.
Pretty Lights has three full-length albums (Taking Up Your Precious Time, Filling Up The City Skies and Passing By Behind Your Eyes) available for free download at www.prettylightsmusic.com. The music, much indebted to pioneering trip hop acts Massive Attack and Portishead, samples 70's funk and soul over beats created by Smith.
For an act that gives its music away for free, Pretty Lights must need to keep up an exhaustive touring schedule. 2009 found the duo selling out North American venues, while this year saw inaugural dates in the UK and Europe, as well as stops at Coachella, South by Southwest Music Festival and the North Coast Music Festival, where Stateside caught them opening up for The Chemical Brothers.
Upcoming shows will keep Pretty Lights on tour through early December, with stops scheduled in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Detroit, Seattle and Los Angeles.