Well everyone, it may be a farewell to the weekend, but for this guy and many other Pittsburgh people I am only worried about getting to Tuesday, where I will be seeing The Chainsmokers at Stage AE. I have a lot to look forward to in the next 48 hours – I hope you do too.
For this reason, I’m posting some music by DJ Derek Vincent Smith – Stage Name: Pretty Lights. He has put out some really amazing beats and electronic music and is ultimately the reason why I started digging different genres and styles of EDM in the first place. The first electronic song that ever caught my ear was Finally Moving. The thing I love about this song besides the beats is the use of Etta James’ vocals. You’re probably thinking you’ve heard these vocals before in a really popular song and that’s because you have. Pretty Lights produced this song in 2006, but then Avicii put out his famous song Levels in 2013. Now, while I can’t say I dislike Levels, I’ll always have the thought in the back of my mind of how Pretty Lights was able to incorporate these vocals into Finally Moving. I’m sure you know by now which I prefer, so go ahead and give it a listen above if you haven’t already.
ODESZA SHOUT OUT:
I thought at first I’d only post 1 song by Pretty Lights, but I realized what a terrible mistake that would be because I wouldn’t get to give a HUGE shout out to one of my Top 3 artists of 2015 – ODESZA (my next few posts will reveal the other 2). Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight bursted on the scene in 2013 with their first album/extended play My Friends Never Die. From there, they released Say My Name Remixes and All We Need Remixes albums. So many good songs and remixes have been put out by these guys in the past 2 or 3 years, and I feel like 2015 was really their breakout year for a huge fan following. With that being said, here is one of my favorite ODESZA remixes. Featuring Pretty Lights with a remix by ODESZA, check out One Day They’ll Know below.
And for all you Biggie fans, check out this Pretty Lights remix of Jay Z Empire State of Mind
If you don’t know (Pretty Lights) , now you know…