I made my way over to the Live Stage insearch of glitch-hop star Derek Smith, or Pretty Lights as he is popularly known. The Colorado-based artist has reached a new height of popularity this year after his track "Finally Moving" (a track he didn't play at this set) was sampled by Avicii in his hit house anthem, Levels. Smith opened the set and got the crowd going with the insanely dirty "Hot Like Sauce."
The setup at the live stage was far from ideal; Pretty Lights really should have played main stage, as the Live Stage was mostly seating only, leaving it very crowded in the standing area. Nevertheless, the entire Live Stage arena lost control when Smith unleashed his sensual, bass-heavy beats on the Miami crowd. Smith owned the audience, impressing me with a great set filled with many songs I hadn't heard before.
Smith really killed it in the visuals department (that is why he's called "Pretty Lights"), incorporating fast-paced visual sequences and laser shows that outdid any visuals I saw at the main stage all weekend. Smith closed out his hour set with his powerful "I Know the Truth," the song that has become a YouTube sensation for its crazy bass drops and soulful lyrics after its popularity at Bonnaroo 2011.
The crowd went crazy when Smith grabbed the mic telling the Live Stage "I know you know what's up because you're over here, and not over there," referring to the main stage, which by that time was packed with fans of the massively popular progressive-house king Tiesto (someone I could skip seeing). "Make some fucking noise!!!" he continued as the track started to play, "I'm too blind, to see the light" echoing through the amphitheater.
Review by Edward Fancher