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Thursday
Jun142012

Review: Pretty Lights at EDC Vegas

After just returning from 2012's crazy, hectic, and memorable EDC weekend, I really have only one set that I can't get out of my head. And that's Pretty Lights. On Sunday evening, I was finally lucky enough to experience the delight of Pretty Lights live, and the genius producer Derek Smith did not disappoint in the least bit.

Opening the night with "Hot Like Sauce" only seemed appropriate for the first time he has ever graced the Kinetic Field mainstage at Electric Daisy Carnival. Instantly, the emotion in the air changed, creating a new atmosphere within the crowd. I had long been a fan of his groovy Electro Hip-Hop Soul music, but experiencing his hybrid music live was a completely different experience.

Seamlessly interweaving each track into the next, Smith made sure the crowd responded with nothing but good, positive vibes. It is a rare occasion when I lose my sense of time during a set, and PL made sure that happened. On a stage that is primarily dominated by House DJs who churn out Top 40 tracks, Smith's set was a beautiful and much-needed change. Everyone who was blessed enough to witness his set that night only had positive things to tell me. 

Changing his BPMs far more than any other DJ I have witnessed, PL truly showed his mixing skills while creating an entertaining and uplifting environment. I couldn't help but to make noise and cheer to his soulful Glitch-Hop sounds, or raise my fists in the air every time he instructed me to. Experiencing his set was certainly the highlight of my EDC and I feel sorry for anyone who missed it.

Thankfully though, Pretty Lights is a firm believer in sharing the music, sharing the love and the experience. All of Pretty Light's music is available for download on his website. The musical vision that Derek Smith has for Pretty Lights is the same sort of vision I feel every Electronic Dance Music artist should have. The fact that he is a supporter of sharing his creations to all who care to listen is quite an empowering thing, and I hope more artists in the future follow his lead. Because he is a supporter of free media, his music gets an overwhelming amount of support, and as a fan I feel like I can gain much more respect. It obviously has not hindered his success - how else would he be getting the chance to play at one of the largest music festivals in the world?

Pretty Lights is leading quite the musical revolution. With his versatile style, overwhelming amount of talent, and a backing of supportive and friendly fans, there is no doubt in my mind that Derek Smith is going nowhere but up. After this weekend I'm counting the days until I have a chance to experience the incredible live performance I witnessed again. And after listening to his set I'm sure you all will too!

 

 

 

(Pending full tracklist - Update coming soon!)

Free Music Downloads Available on the Pretty Lights Homepage!

And don't miss these amazing photos of Pretty Lights' performance at Ultra Music Festival this year!

By April Surrency

Monday
Apr162012

Single Day EDC Vegas Tickets Available Wednesday

Insomniac Events has announced that one-day passes to Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas will go on sale this Wednesday, April 18 at 12:00 PM Pacific time. Make sure to get your tickets when they go on sale so you don't miss out on the craziness this June 8, 9, and 10. 

Buy tickets here.

Phase 1 Lineup from EDM Lounge

 

Sunday
Apr082012

Electric Daisy Carnival 2012 Phase 1 Lineup Released!

300,000 people are expected to flood Las Vegas this June (8, 9, 10) for Insomniac Event's massive 3-day Electric Daisy Carnival.

The newly released flyer really got us excited: "America's Largest Dance Music Festival. 3 Nights. Seven Stages. Immersive Audio & Visual Production. Interactive Art Installations. Hundreds of Theatrical Performances. 300,000 Fans. Dusk Til Dawn."

But this lineup is what's getting me excited! Insomniac really knows how to put a lineup together, and hopefully, with this lineup and this many fans, this edition of EDC will be the biggest and best to date.  

Who we're excited is making the trip this year to Vegas, and why:

  • The English trance trio Above & Beyond - besides being the brains behind the popular radio show TATW (Trance Around the World), Above & Beyond really knows how to rock the house. Their popularity has risen in the past year as more and more people discover the great talent under the Anjunabeats label. We also missed seeing them at this year's edition of Ultra Music Festival, and can't wait for them to get the crowd going at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway!
  • The French electronic band Dirtyphonics LIVE is guaranteed to get the Vegas crowd's energy going with their dirty drum and bass lines and heavy electro rhythms. 
  • The lesser known progressive-trance DJ Eco. I've seen him play some great sets at raves in NYC, and it'll be exciting to see how he does with such a massive crowd. 
  • The tried and tested Excision. Why were you not at Ultra?! Absolutely guaranteed to be a filthy bass-driven, head-banging good time.
  • The king of dubstep, Flux Pavilion - One of my absolute favorite dubstep artists. Hoping he'll bring down the house with his collaborator Doctor P.
  • The rising progressive-house star Hardwell. Recently named an "EDM artist to watch" by MTV, Hardwell is guaranteed to melt the faces of EDC attendees with his heavy, danceable house beats.
  • The Colorado glitch-hop, funk star Pretty Lights. Guaranteed to be a great set filled with jazz and rock- inspired beats. 
  • The American king of dance Kaskade! He killed it at Ultra. He will kill it at EDC again this year. Here's a video of his performance at last year's Electric Daisy Carnival.
  • Zeds Dead, baby! The ultimate dubstep act is still going strong after producing track after track of pure, filthy bass-filled genius.

 

Complete Lineup: 16 bit, Above & Beyond, Adventure Club, Afrojack, Alesso, Aly & Fila, AN21 & Max Vangeli, Andy C: Alive, Angger Dimas, Armin Van Buuren, Arty, A*S*Y*S*, ATB, Avicii, Bassjackers, Bassnectar, Benny Benassi, Blue Man Group, Borgore, Brennan Heart, Calvin Harris, Camo & Krooked, Carl Cox, Chase and Status, Chris Lake, Chuckie, Circuit, Coone, Cosmic Gate, Crizzly, Dada Life, Danny Tenaglia, Darksiderz, Dash Berlin, Datsik, David Guetta, D-Block & S-te-Fan, Deco, Delta Heavy, Dennis Ferrer, Dieselboy vs Bare, Digitalism, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Dirty South, Dirtyphonics Live, DJ Ammo, Dodge & Fuski, Downlink, Doctor P, Dubfire, Eco, Ed Rush & Optical, El Pulpo Mechanico, Emalkay, Endymion, Erick Morillo, Excision, Feed Me, Fedde Le Grand, Felix Cartal, Ferry Corsten, Figure, Flux Pavilion, Flaming Lotus Girls, Funkagenda, Funtcase, Fury, Gabriel & Dresden, Gaiser, Gareth Emery, Green Velvet, Hardwell, Harvard Bass, Headhunters, High Contrast, Hype, Isaac, Jack Beats, Jaytech, JDX, Joachim Garraud, Jochen Miller, John Digweed, John Rundeli, Josh Wink, Kaskade, Kill the Noise, Knife Party, Koan Sound, Kristina Sky, Kyau & Albert, Lady Faith, Laidback Luke, Little Boots, Loadstar, Loco Dice, Magda, Manufactured Superstars, Markus Schulz, Martin Solveig, Mat Zo, Michael Woods, Moby, Modestep, Morgan Page, MSTRKRFT, Mt Eden, Nervo, Nicky Romero, Nicole Moudaber, Noisia, Paco Osuna, Porter Robinson, Pretty Lights, Q-dance, Rank 1 Live, R3hab, Richie Hawtin presents Enter., Sander van Doorn, Sebastian Ingrosso, Sidney Samson, Steve Angello, Steve Aoki, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Technoboy, Thomas Gold, Tiesto, Tommy Trash, Tritonal, UMEK, W&W, Wilkinson, will.i.am, Zany, Zeds Dead, Zomboy + more to be announced!!!

By Edward Fancher