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Electronic musician Pretty Lights, known on his tax forms as Colorado native Derek Vincent Smith, took a different route with his 2013 companion albums A Color Map of the Sun and Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun, but he continues to be all about sound and lights on his supporting tour.


Instead of chopping up samples of existing music for his new albums, Smith created his own samples by recording musicians playing vintage instruments direct to tape (playing many of the instruments himself), then pressing the results to vinyl. From there he went digital to sample the music he'd recorded and to build his sound collages. The two 2013 albums were also the first Pretty Lights albums to be sold commercially in non-digital form.


Smith's concerts are known as much for their overwhelming visuals -- including a first-class light show featuring lasers, strobes, video, and more -- as for the sounds he delivers via a pair of MacBooks and various other electronic gizmos. He calls his performances a "massive art installation with songs," and the formula has made him one of the hottest tickets on the music scene. In addition to headlining his own tours, Smith has played huge festivals including Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo and Coachella. He's also co-headlined tours with other big electronic acts, including Skrillex and Bassnectar.


Pretty Lights' vibe is rooted in hip hop -- Smith was a hip hop performer and producer in high school --  but his production style often creates a dreamy wall of sound. It's a tough sound to pigeonhole with its crunching low end pulling in elements of soul, jazz and rock and funneling it into his unique creations.


After high school, Smith dropped out of the University of Boulder during his freshman year to focus on music. Within a few years he found himself playing late nights for such jam-centric acts as STS9 and Widespread Panic.


As he continued to hone his stage show, he also grew into a studio whiz. He chose to distribute his music for free online, and  since 2006 he’s  had millions of downloads via his own label, Pretty Lights Music.


EA was legit. Best festival I've been to.

5 stars
DTrump Atlantic City Oceanfront, Atlantic City

Pros: Not too many people so only good views Good vibes Some acts got wild Cons: A lotta walking Really hot

I Would Never Go Back

1 stars
NikkiNJ88 Atlantic City Oceanfront, Atlantic City

I never write reviews, but have to for this event. The Event Security threw out personal items that were in no shape or form threatening - I.E. - opened cigarette boxes and chap sticks. If you wanted to enjoy an alcoholic beverage, you had to wait in line for over an hour and a half because there was only one beer tent. Once you did receive a beer, you had to remain in the tied off area and could not hold a beer while listening to your favorite artist. All set times were delayed an hour which wasn't the biggest of deals, but overall - we had a terrible time aside from being with good friends and making our own fun. I would never return to this event again. Do not waste the money.

Amazing festival but VIP SUCKED

3 stars
Atlantic City Oceanfront, Atlantic City

I bought a VIP ticket for just Saturday. It promised private bathrooms, air conditioned tents, separate entrance, and a closer, separate view of the stage. I found none of these expect, the separate view of the stage which was not any closer, nor was it being monitored for only VIP guest entering so anyone could walk up and stand there. I've been to other festivals and gotten VIP. All of those festivals provided all that they promised, and even went on to provide refreshments and goodie bags full of cool stuff for VIP guests. I was extremely disappointed with Electric Adventures "VIP" package, and feel like I wasted a lot of money buying VIP when I could have bought a two day general admission pass for the same price and done the same thing. The festival was a lot of fun and the performers were great but I will not be purchasing VIP from here ever again.

Sea Of Dreams was Magical

5 stars
sierraPrettyLightsfanatic Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco

The lineup was amazing and the VIP section was such a wonderful get-away on new years eve night - complete with couches, food and fun social people. the Venue was filled with beautiful costumed and dazzling people. The music was enchanting as well as fulfilling any true Bass-Head's need for a base-fix Pretty Lights is my favorite DJ an his set was so good that night - I felt he played his heart out and really connected with the audience though we were massive. GREAT EVENT

Pretty lights and the trumpets!!

5 stars
Siddhartha90 Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco

Glitch mob set the tune, and then pretty lights just killed it. Will definitely be back!

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