Pretty Lights (Derek Vincent Smith) had yet another year steeped in a retrofuture landscape. A recording session at Rick Rubin’s acclaimed Shangri La Studios early in 2014 dovetailed Pretty Lights into 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 GRAMMYnominated 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 in 2014, this time in under twelve hours. Those Red Rocks performances displayed an unprecedented six sets over the course of two nights without 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 Third Annual Basslights event featuring both Pretty Lights and Bassnectar, blasted off at Hampton Coliseum after Christmas with a pair of sold out shows. Capping off 2014, Pretty Lights headlined the beautiful Sea of Dreams event for New Year’s Eve in San Francisco for two nights.
2015 centers around a heavy focus in the studio, sifting through the gold captured at Shangri La, and a handful of special appearances throughout the year.