DJ’s are a dime a dozen these days, and only a handful have ever truly excited me enough to catch in a live setting. With the amount of festivals I go to, I’m exposed to a pretty large amount of electronic music, especially during the witching hours of said events. As you know, Wakarusa is a favorite festival of mine, mainly for the reason that there are so many smaller acts that I’m force fed while there. Standing in one of the main tents late at night, I saw a swelling crowd packing the smaller dance tent, so I meandered over to find Pretty Lights deep into his set. The music was great, much different than that of most of the other late night DJ’s I’d heard that weekend, and after hearing a few crazy remixes involving a host of classic rock songs, I was instantly sold and remained until the very end. Flash forward to a few weeks ago when Pretty Lights, aka Derek Vincent Smith, made his way to the Ballroom at Warehouse Live, which was filled to the seems with youngsters aplenty. Didn’t matter, because the entire crowd, filled with a bunch of drug addled minds, were all about getting a groove on that night. I was incredibly impressed by the interplay between Smith and drummer Cory Eberhard throughout the set – never hearing either of them miss a change all night. The set was solid from start to finish, and had me sweating out pretty much all of my demons by the end.
I had a lot of fun that night, and will never miss an opportunity to check out Pretty Lights again. I also had a blast shooting the duo, as their name stood true to their lighting rig. Check out my shots after the jump.