So I got a Pretty Lights ticket almost literally last minute and it was such a blessing. With a name like "Pretty Lights", you're expecting to see some damn pretty lights. Derek Smith worked with engineer Greg Ellis and his girl friend Krystle Blackburn for his performance and developed a fantastic show appealing to anyone with eyes (and without epilepsy).
Twelfth Planet opened for Pretty Lights. Although he played in front of the huge velvet curtains, which hid the Pretty Lights set up, I was impressed at how little he needed to really own the crowd. His music was great but the energy he put into his performance added substance.
From the pit all the way to the last row, people were piled in for Pretty Lights. The Fillmore was a great place to have this show because nobody was left without a good view. True to his title, Pretty Lights came through with the aesthetic elements of his set-up. The large video screen behind him along with intense spectrum laser and light effects made the show as awesome visually as it was sonically. In designing the light show, Greg Ellis clearly had a message. All the various aspects of the visuals; the lasers, the projections, the LEDs on stage; eluded to the idea that you don’t have to go to a crazy concert to see some pretty lights. Throughout the 2 hour performance, images of San Francisco, New York, Chicago and maybe even Miami being projected on the background.As he began to play his newest and probably best beats, the crowd went wild and I was instantly caught up in the energy. Pretty Lights’ music is a unique blend of hip-hop, dub step, and electronic soul-jazz.
One of his final songs was a popular track called We Must Go On. Him and Krystle Blackburn went around the country and took videos of everything they thought was beautiful. It’s a beautifully edited video and is worth taking the time to watch. The video is posted below.
The show didn’t end on that sentimental note. He quickly picked it back up with a few more bassy tracks before the worn-out crowd was sent home.
Derek Smith made it a point to say his goodbyes and emphasized his love and appreciation for having the opportunity to perform in Miami. But the feeling of love was mutual across the board and everyone went home happy.
Enjoy these lovely pictures taken by Ji Noh!