For those who aren’t quite ready to embrace full-blown holiday cheer, HARD is swinging it back to early November with their Day of the Dead recap. The three-minute revisit highlights attendees’ skull-adorned and electrifying costumes along with standout performances from one of the most anticipated festival lineups of the year. Watch and reminisce with HARD head honcho Gary Richards, Pretty Lights, Eric Prydz, Boys Noize, a live performance from Bloody Beetroots, Zeds Dead, Calvin Harris, Giorgio Moroder and more. Though the video highlights an incredible array of dance music’s shining talent stars already, the short wouldn’t be complete without a bit from the two chief headlining acts: Catch a glimpse of Skrillex as he moves his sea of a crowd from his illuminating pumpkin stage and Deadmau5‘s haunting Hellraiser ‘Pinhead’ mask and next-level production.Posted by
After releasing a critically acclaimed album this summer, dominating the U.S. with a cross-country full band tour, and presenting his first live Pay-Per-View event just a few nights ago, Pretty Lights returns with a stream of his brand new A Color Map Of The Sun (Remixes) LP. Laughing in the face of complacency, Derek Vincent Smith has handpicked a set of artists to individually remix every track on his latest album, bringing Pretty Lights Music fans even more material from his emphatic summertime release.
With Michal Menert and Break Science making appearances, it’s clear that the homegrown Colorado-native handed plenty of the remix duty off to his label mates, but tracks redone by Marvel Years and Two Fresh show that Derek also gives love to the up-and-coming producers that express elements of other genres. Aside from maintaining his patented soul, electro, hip-hop, and funk vibes, the remix album adds aspects of dirtier dubstep from the likes of Datsik and 12th Planet, who throw listeners a bass-filled curveball that restores freshness to A Color Map of the Sun. The full album will be available for free download on December 10th.
For the first time ever, Derek Vincent Smith, better known as Pretty Lights, will give fans a chance to view his performance from home. For those who either can’t make it out to his show at San Franciscos’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, or would prefer to experience Pretty Lights from the couch, Derek and his set will be aired live in HD on Saturday, November 30th, beginning at 9 PM PST/12 AM EST by MultiVision Media, Inc, for a mere $19.95. While this might sound more like an infomercial ad, no need to be skeptical. Smith’s set will be accessible to over 80 million households across the country via In DEMAND, Avail-TVN, DIRECTV, and DISH Network. This will be one of two back-to-back shows the Colorado-bred musician is set to perform at Bill Graham, as he nears the end of his 2013 Analog Future Tour.Posted by
Returning to LA’s Historic Park for the second edition of HARD Day of the Dead, Gary Richard’s versatile Halloween festival brandished one of the most enchanting lineups in recent memory. After some stunning performances on Saturday from Nero, Skrillex, and Maya Jane Coles, HARD Day of the Dead finished strong with standout sets from Amtrac, Eric Prydz, Pretty Lights, Deadmau5, and more. Ultimately, however, it was the masked mouse himself, Joel Zimmerman, who would incite the most intrigue, premiering countless unreleased originals for the packed main stage crowd.
Sample star Derek Vincent Smith, more commonly know as the masterful musician behind the Pretty Lights project, has announced that along his ongoing Analog Future Tour, he has been collaborating with his band to record a live album. Even further, the Colorado-native stated that the album is “coming along quite nicely,” an indication that the recording process is well in the works, and that this album will likely come to fruition on the Pretty Lights Music label. Managing to seemingly reverse time, D has traveled against the stream of digitalization of music and use live instruments to capture the “soulfunk hip-hop beat” sound; a decision that has both Derek and fans alike enjoying the music more than ever before.
The Pretty Lights Analog Future full live band tour has been beyond incredible thus far. The band is killing it, and I’m having more fun on stage than ever. We play new versions of PL tracks but we are also writing and playing new fresh breaks/all live soulfunk hip-hop beats.They sound amazing.
We’re working on a live band album, recording it throughout this tour and it’s coming along quite nicely. The style and show are truly original and like no other PL tour. Have you seen a show? What did you think?
Via: FacebookPosted by
Colorado’s own is back with a diverse episode of “The Hot Sh*t,” and you’d be hard pressed to find a better mix to start your day with. Derek Vincent Smith, the director of the Pretty Lights Music movement and label, brings forth a special episode of his podcast for its 100th edition. The mix is jam-packed with groovy tunes from all of PLM’s artists, starting off with the bass-wobbling “I Know The Truth” produced by Pretty Lights himself before flowing into more soothing tracks such as Supervision and Michal Menert’s “Who Am I,” which any dubstep purist would be happy to hear. This eclectic mix brings listeners on a genre-defying journey that ranges from emotional to nearly overwhelming, but the always incredible sampler manages to make it all synthesize smoothly. Pretty Lights Music producers continue to dominate the midtempo genre, and the label that has continuously defied mainstream temptation has certainly shown its prowess through Derek’s podcast.Posted by
Sunday Morning Medicine is a feature from Dancing Astronaut dedicated to the mellower side of electronic music. We bring you our favorite therapeutic selections — old and new — in an attempt to alleviate the agonizing effects of a long weekend of partying.
Building on our list of Classic Rock remixes Part 1, this week we’ve expanded that list to include even more oldies remade including legendary artists such as Pink Floyd, Led Zepplin, Bruce Springsteen, Steely Dan and Tom Petty.
AC Entertainment is just a few days away from bringing some serious noise to downtown Asheville, NC. Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit is a three day festival that brings not only a staggeringly diverse lineup, but a panel of talks and seminars hosted by artists and other figures throughout the weekend. Dance music fans are certain to recognize bass headliners Bassnectar and Pretty Lights, and indie electronic breakthrough act Disclosure and deep house guru Claude VonStroke further add to the festival’s list of eye-catching names. Though Mountain Oasis Electronic Summit is bringing some of the world’s leading talent to the Asheville scene, there are some smaller print talents that you shouldn’t miss if you’re attending the festival this weekend.
After a successful two-day run in Miami, midtempo moguls Pretty Lights and Bassnectar plan to reunite this December at the birthplace of their Basslights spectacle for another vibe-filled weekend. With back-to-back shows planned for December 27th and 28th, Derek and Lorin look to celebrate the one year anniversary of the creation of Basslights with their unique, yet complimentary styles of music with the DMV’s grooviest at Hampton Coliseum in Virginia. Pre-sales for the dates begin today, October 23rd, at 12pm eastern, while general public sales begin October 26th on Ticketmaster.
Pre-sale: Front Gate TicketsPosted by
The challenge of remixing one of Derek Vincent Smith’s sonic tapestries is not for the faint of heart, but hundreds of aspiring producers still took their shot at the lead single “Around the Block” off of A Color Map of the Sun. All of the submissions were combed through by the man himself and narrowed down to one Grand Prize winner, four runner-ups and three people’s choices.
“This remix contest was amazing. Picking 5 winners was close to impossible. I listened for days on end to these remixes, and the amount of talent and creativity that I heard blew my mind.
I picked 5 songs based on uniqueness, musicality, arrangement, synthesis, production techniques, and overall style. Also I took into consideration the emotion of the song and how different chords were used to change the ‘feel’ of the song.
There were way too many incredible producers that entered, I wanted to pick 50 winners, but I couldn’t, so I did my best to narrow it down to 5 hot tracks, that were diverse as possible, banging, beautiful, and extremely creative. I hope you enjoy the tracks of the 5 winners I chose.”