Derek Vincent Smith (born November 25, 1981) is an American electronic music artist who performs under the stage name Pretty Lights. He is also the
proprietor of an associated music label, Pretty Lights Music.Smith wrote and produced hip hop music while attending high school in Fort Collins,
Colorado. After graduating from high school, he attended University of Colorado at Boulder, but ped out during his freshman year to focus on his music
instead.In 2007 and 2008, Smith began playing late nights for large acts such as STS9, The Disco Biscuits Widespread Panic. In the summer of 2009,
under the moniker Pretty Lights, Smith played at several major American music festivals, such as Bonnaroo, Rothbury, the Electric Daisy Carnival,
Wakarusa, Camp Bisco, and the 10KLF. The following autumn, he went on a multi-city tour of the United States.
In 2010, Pretty Lights played at the 2010 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, the 2010 Marchone Music
Productions Illumination Show in Nashville, the 2010 Evolve Festival in Nova Scotia, Movement 2010 (the Detroit Electronic Music Festival), the 2010
Starscape Festival, Camp Bisco, Nocturnal Festival at Apache Pass, Texas, the 2010 Electric Zoo at Randall's Island in New York City, New York,
the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago, Illinois, and the Outsidelands Festival in San Francisco, California. More recently, they headlined the
Snow Ball in Avon, Colorado, along with Bassnectar and the Flaming Lips. In June 2011, Pretty Lights played a late-night set at Bonnaroo, where he
debuted the song "I Know the Truth." Smith also debuted his state-of-the-art light show in early 2011 involving LED towers made to look like a
cityscape. In July 2011, he headlined at the Electric Forest in Rothbury, Michigan, at Camp Bisco in Mariaville, New York, and at the All Good Music
Festival in Masontown, West Virginia, where he performed a special "once in a lifetime" track, a remix of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country
Smith toured with drummer Cory Eberhard from August 2007 to June 2010. In 2010, Smith replaced Eberhard with Adam Deitch as drummer, debuting at Red
Rocks on August 7, 2010.Smith stopped touring with a live drummer in 2011. For his fall 2013 tour, Smith toured with a full band including drummer
Adam Deitch, keyboardist Brian Coogan, keyboardist Borahm Lee, trombonist Scott Flynn and trumpeter Eric Bloom.
On January 25, 2011, Smith released two albums on his newly formed record label, Pretty Lights Music. The record label offers free downloads of all
Pretty Lights albums, plus releases from PLM artists including Michal Menert, Break Science, Gramatik, Paul Basic, Eliot Lipp, and SuperVision. Pretty
Lights continues to distribute music for free, and frequently appears at festivals across the world.
In 2012, Pretty Lights was featured in the musical documentary Re:GENERATION Music Project producing the track "Wayfaring Stranger," featuring Country
music stars LeAnn Rimes and Ralph Stanley for a collaborative effort mixing two genres, namely electronic and country.
Pretty Lights released a new full-length album titled A Color Map of the Sun on July 2, 2013. It is the first Pretty Lights album that does not rely
on borrowed samples; Smith instead composed and recorded tracks with session musicians in studios in Brooklyn, New Orleans and Denver and pressed the
recordings to vinyl, samples of which were then combined with modular synths and digital production methods.On December 6th, 2013 A Color Map of the
Sun received a nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album in the 2014 Grammys. On December 10th, 2013 Pretty Lights released A Color Map of the Sun