Pretty Lights is quite successfully redefining hip hop and soul for a new generation. No longer are electronics used in the studio to create a clean sound. Rather, Pretty Lights (Derek Smith) is one of the first artists to use modern electronica and merge the artificial pings with samplings. The result has been astounding. It is as if he has created the first music cyborg and thousands show up with Pretty Lights tickets for each and every show to enjoy a multimedia show that includes, of course, an LED light show recreating a thriving city scape as the beats drive the party.
This party has a name. It is officially known as the Illumination Tour and it will keep Pretty Lights on the road with club dates just about every night form last August to the middle of November. In addition to the man, his sound, and his light show the Illumination Tour will feature supporting acts, typically of the electronic music medium. This is not a rock concert. It is a dance concert and Lights wants to keep the crowd moving from the drop of the first beat to the chorus of the last sample.
It is actually quite difficult to discuss an electronic artist. These are not rock artists or country singers. A platinum album would be nice, but it is hardly the benchmark of success. Pretty Lights is one of the most exciting members of a youth movement embracing the music movement and he will certainly gain some degree of notoriety but is unlikely to ever have an RIAA certified album. He may get a gold record for a single, but even that is a long shot.
These are guys who make their living with live performances, finding inspiration in new music and adding their take on these new tracks with remixes that are adjusted for the party. Thus, despite being an electronic medium, electronic musicians are as experimental and well versed in variability and versatility as jazz musicians in an incredible.