Grammy nominated artist Derek Vincent Smith aka Pretty Lights pioneered the glitch dance movement and was a visible fixture in dance music’s global boom.
The success of his studio albums Passing by Behind Your Eyes and A Color Map of the Sun projected Pretty Lights into superstardom within the electronic music scene. These days Derek Smith is equally as famous for his reclusiveness as he is for the landmark work he created.
Following a number of live band iterations, rumors of a studio album in 2017, and a tenth consecutive Red Rocks pilgrimage back in 2018, Pretty Lights hasn’t done much in recent years; he’s been entirely removed from any sort of spotlight altogether. Fans have anxiously awaited Pretty Lights’ return, and now amid the COVID-19 lockdowns, he may just be ready to resurface.
Ephemeral video application CHNL, that aggregates video content from user’s favorite artists into one running feed, posted on their Facebook that it appeared Pretty Lights was testing a YouTube livestream, alluding to a possible comeback underway. Users quickly noticed, and while there’s no official word from Pretty Lights’ camp on the prolific producer’s movements as of late, something about the influx of lock-down livestreams seems like the perfect place for Pretty Lights to return after having been gone so long.