What better way to release new music than in the form of a New Years Eve concert recap video. Pretty Lights did just that with the release of his new song, “The Day Is Gone.” The video below captures parts of Pretty Lights’ sold out New Years Eve concert at Roseland Ballroom in NYC. Pretty Lights starts the single off with some piano chords into an old school sounding vocal sample. Derek then adds some percussion, wobbles, guitar sounding chords, and a bass heavy dubstep drop that correlates with the visuals. Listen to Pretty Lights new single, “The Day Is Gone,” below.
With Your Friends Fest hit Nashville this past weekend and it was awesome. Big names that performed at the festival included Nas, Pretty Lights, Skrillex, Santigold, 12th Planet, and Dillon Francis. Because of Commodore Quake (we will review it!), we were unable to attend day 1 of the festival but all the headliners also played on day 2. We got there right after Nas finished performing. I was told he was incredible and that he even went into the crowd to finish his act. Skrillex was next to perform and even though I’m not a big fan, he definitely brought it in Nashville this past weekend. Pretty Lights was the big finale and he killed it. I saw him last year in Nashville on Halloween and he was incredible. He brought it again this year on Halloweekend as his light show lit up downtown Nashville. The crowd was very engaged and it seemed like the concert lived up to its name. With Your Friends was a great time and I really hope it comes back to Nashville next year. Check out some of the footage and pictures below!
Pretty Lights Opener
Skrillex’s mix of “Cinema”
Pretty Lights’s music has such a sense of both beauty and mysticism behind it. It leaves an aura which tingles the senses. Pretty Lights is back to their classic sound with “So Bright”. This Electro Hip-Hop Soul track is entangling and it has me hooked. I’m just going to let the music speak for itself on this one.
It was announced this morning that Etta James passed away at age 73 in Riverside, CA in her battle against several conditions such as leukemia and dementia. Known for her powerful and very versatile voice, Etta James graced us all with her tremendous ability and talent. She was best known for her hit song “At Last.” Most of us today know her as the voice in “Levels” by Avicii, “Good Feeling” by Flo Rida, and “Finally Moving” by Pretty Lights. Today is definitely a sad day in the music industry as the world has lost a legend. RIP Etta James.
“Something’s Got a Hold On Me”
Opening for Pretty Lights in Nashville
A few days ago, I was pondering whether or not I should see Pretty Lights at the Illumination Festival. After talking to Raffi and some friends here, I decided to go. I knew that Pretty Lights was amazing live and I do like him but I was never a huge fan. After this show though, I changed my mind completely. I got to the concert right when Pretty Lights came on and from the very start, it was insanity. The light show was absolutely incredible. He constantly interacted with the huge sold out crowd, calling this concert “the last but craziest concert of his two and half month long tour.” The peak of the concert had to be when he played “I Know the Truth.” This was already my favorite Pretty Lights song and it did not disappoint live. As the previous song came to an end, there was a 30 second break as the crowd waited anxiously for the next song. As the audience started chanting “USA USA”, Pretty Lights dropped it and it was just mayhem after that. The video is provided if you click “Read More.” We also have the videos of the intro and the finale when he drops “Finally Moving.” This was definitely one of the best concerts I’ve been to and I highly recommend you go if Pretty Lights is in your area.
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This is another great track brought to you by the movie RE:GENERATION, which is bringing together musicians of all ages and genres. Click here to hear the collaboration between Skrillex and The Doors.
This track is by electronic producer Pretty Lights and country/bluegrass musicians LeAnn Rimes and Dr. Ralph Stanley.
“This is how we do”, yes, Pretty Lights remixed the Game’s ‘How We Do” and I am already excited for the High Quality version. The video will definitely hold me off for now considering how its a Lollapalooza 2011 recap video and is pretty crazy. Pretty Lights will be one of those DJs you have to see live, you can just see from videos how crazy his live sets are and damn those lights are always lookin’ so pretty. For now, just enjoy this unreleased Pretty Lights Remix and the craziness at Lollapalooza.
I’ve been a big follower of Pretty Lights since the “Filling Up The City Skies” days and Derek Vincent Smith tried to create a modern Electronica beat on his new track. He premiered “I Know The Truth” back at Bonaroo over the summer. Derek talks about his new track below:
“ I wanted to try to fuse the emotion of dark 60′s soul music with the energy of raw bass heavy dubstep. All the instruments were recorded to tape and then pressed to vinyl and then sampled for the sole purpose of attaining a warm organic timbre, and all the bass and synth sounds were reprocessed through analog synth modules to get a dirtier and at the same time warmer tone. It’s my first attempt at producing in a new style I like to call analog electronica. It’s modern electronic music production created with an approach based on techniques from 40-50 years ago.”
I’ve been waiting for the CDQ of “I Know The Truth” since the HD Bonaroo Video Recap that featured it. Definitely give this track a listen!