Norwegian Phenom Marius Drops Two Dark Bass Tracks

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Marius is the greatest thing to come out of Norway since New York Ranger hockey player Mats Zuccarello. The young Norwegian producer has dropped Bagatelle and 2WRLDS, a pair of delightfully murky bass tracks. The young producer has no one set genre to be pinned down to. If I had to give you a frame

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Pretty Lights Just Announced a Two-Day Red Rocks 10th Anniversary Show

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We haven’t seen much of Pretty Lights in the past few years, but today the Colorado-based producer hit us with some exciting news. He just announced his return to Red Rocks Amphitheater to celebrate his 10th annual show there. For two nights on August 10-11, Derek Vincent Smith and The Pretty Lights Live band will

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Pretty Lights announces 10th anniversary Red Rocks show

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Pretty Lights has been obscenely quiet for some time now, and it’s rumored amongst his tight-knit family following that the reason behind his silence is that he’s working on new album material. After all, his Color Map of the Sun LP was released more than five years ago. To add further fuel to that speculation, Smith has halted announcements for his heavily attended episodic tour that have been taking place over the last two years.

However, it wouldn’t be summer in Colorado without Derek Vincent Smith’s return to the beloved Red Rocks Amphitheater — and he’s not calling it an episodic tour stop either. Lineup support has yet to be announced, but if it’s anything like his previous events, fans can expect a fully loaded talent roster with funky groove appeal.

The special 10th anniversary event will take place over two nights, August 10-11, in Morrison, Colorado. A limited number of presale tickets will be available at 10 a.m. EST Wednesday, April 18, but fans must register for the Pretty Lights newsletter to get the special code.

Fans Create A Version Monopoly Entirely Focusing On Wooks And It Already Sold Out On Etsy

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I have had a complex relationships with wooks. I wan entirely heading down the path to full scale, Colorado living, dreadlocking growing wookery a few years ago. Now I commonly receive misguided death threats from wooks whenever I write an article like the one you are currently reading. I mean nothing but love with my

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Pretty Lights live streams NYE Weekend Sets to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico

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I an effort to do his bit for Puerto Rico, Pretty Lights will Live Stream three shows over the NYE weekend and allow fans to donate from there towards efforts put in for Hurricane relief in Puerto Rico.

Listen to Nobide’s Latest Single “Ascent” [EDM Sauce Premiere]

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With his debut album Contrary To Popular Belief to be released one week from today, Friday, Nov. 17, the Boulder-based DJ and producer Nobide has dropped a new single from the forthcoming record. Beginning with a smooth downtempo rhythm reminiscent of Pretty Lights that slowly builds up with ambient backing vocals, “Ascent” culminates to be a

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Street Performer Gives Odesza A Wild Remix Using Only An Empty Bucket: Watch

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Good old Derek Vincent Smith, Mr. Pretty Lights himself is always bringing us gems of the musical world. Pretty Lights was exploring the city of Chicago today when we came across someone who was demonstrating some real talent with nothing but an empty bucket and a pair of drumsticks. Freelance drummer, FREEDLY set up shop

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Pretty Lights Releases New Single ‘Rainbows and Waterfalls’ [LISTEN]

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Pretty Lights is back with his first new single since 2016’s “Only Yesterday.”

Pretty Lights is slowly & successfully building his movement [Event Review]

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Pretty Lights is slowly & successfully building his movement (Event Review)

When Pretty Lights announced his record label was evolving into the newly-minted Pretty Lights Movement, many caught a tiny glimpse into what Derek Vincent Smith had in store for the evolution of his growing family. It was around the time of his Episodic Tour: Season Two Premiere at The Gorge Amphitheater – followed by a series of constantly evolving, innovative live band performances that took place across the nation.

Dancing Astronaut was invited to attend the final episodic event of the tour at Whitewater Amphitheater in the small hill country town of New Braunfels, Texas, wherein we witnessed the raw energy of the live band, the regional beauty of small town hidden gem of a venue, and the sheer vitality of the Pretty Lights Family. Here are five reasons why Pretty Lights Live is more than a mere musical experience, but a way of living.

All photos courtesy of Press Pause

 

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1. The Pretty Lights live band experience

Smith’s creative decision to put the decks on the back-burner (and, yet, keep them front-and-center) takes his live shows to the next level. The stylings of the live band – made up of Brian Coogan, Borahm Lee, Alvin Ford Jr. and Chris Karns — are spotlighted, as each member aids Smith in bringing the organic analog aspect of his musical stamp to life. In addition, each show features a heavy dose of amazing special guest talent. Whether the heavy bass beats of Ganja White Night, the soulful stylings of up-and-comer Maddie O’Neal, or the funk-driven glitch-hop of Aussie producer Opuio, the Episodic Tour was jam-packed with amazing talent conforming to a clear sound stamp and an accompanying vision of which direction these shows are driven.

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2. The PL Family

A heavy sense of family, community, and kindness among this close-knit group of Pretty Lights followers permeates the parking lots and showgrounds alike. The sheer feeling of euphoria and jovial admiration for their leader and their lifestyle is easily one of the most genuine and welcoming that any newcomer to this scene will experience. Take the Pretty Lights Illuminators, for instance, who are tasked with creating special activities, caring for their fellow attendees, or just generally spreading the good energy around each gathering. An emphasis on the small (yet out of this world) aspect of the crowds along these Episodic Tour stops likens them to an early Bassnectar following before it became too big to manage. Hard as it is to capture in words, experiencing is truly is believing with the PL Family.

 

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3. A sense of heady spiritualism pervades

Smith freestyles about crystal children, hyper-dimensional space, positive vibrations, and metaphysical energy whilst refracting light with crystals on stage. Essentially, his antics and overall outlook on life embodies the spiritual self-awareness that guides Pretty Lights shows and the people living within these spaces. Burning Man principles like radical inclusion and self-reliance, gifting, and communal effort  guide social interactions at these Episodic Tour stops.

 

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4. The venue(s)

The Pretty Lights team chose a wildly picturesque venue in Texas’ Whitewater Amphitheater for the final stop of Episodic Tour. Its breathtaking hill country views, fresh smells of nature, its friendly easy-going staff, and its setting along the Guadalupe river made the experience feel almost surreal, wherein attendees would float into the venue with new stranger-friends as they shouted their hellos to Smith himself across the river banks. Couple this with other world class venues such as Washington’s legendary Gorge Amphitheater, and one has a series of shows where attendees are guaranteed a weekend of re-connection with the earth.

 

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5. The production value

Pretty Lights’ Episodic Tour is not a typical large-scale electronic music festival, but the production value sure feels like it. For one, every stop along the tour offers rare tracks and unique flips catered to each location. The lighting show  — courtesy of LazerShark —  is one “not to miss” in the electronic music realm. Whether it’s the wall of lasers projected across the stage, the abstract, psychedelic visual displays, or how they become amalgamated into one with the analog sound, these creative, oft-times improvisational elements are at the forefront of cutting-edge performance in the electronic music world.

 

 

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Pretty Lights Releases Incredible New Single And Music Video

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Pretty Lights, a veteran and great talent in the electronic music scene, just put out an absolute stunner. His first single of 2017, entitled ‘Rainbows & Waterfalls’, has finally been released. This track beautifully captures his signature sound and portrays a powerful story. It has grooves and ear catching rhythms that will take you beyond

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