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Pretty Lights to play UCF Arena

Derek Vincent Smith pushes the boundaries of electronic dance music to create a sound all his own

Photo: Photo By Joseph Llanes, License: N/A

Photo By Joseph Llanes

"I'm not stuck to a certain arrangement of a song. I can stretch out or shorten any part," Smith said. "Then when I begin each song, it opens up different virtual instruments that have sounds, like different pads on my samplers for me, so I'm able to play different elements and layers of the songs that I can turn on and off, play or not play. So I can either have everything on and just have the song playing and mess with the arrangement, or I can play with the arrangement of the song and turn the bass off and play the bass myself. Or, I can turn the bass back on and turn off the sample track and play that track. There's also a whole array of effects I'm able to use to manipulate the sounds of each layer as well."

The next Pretty Lights CD, which has now been in the works for nearly two years, also promises to be unlike anything Smith – or any other electronic artist – has done.

The album will not include any outside music samples. Instead, it will be all original music that Smith wrote and then recorded to analog tape before pressing it to vinyl. The various parts that were recorded to vinyl were then assembled and augmented to create the finished songs. Smith brought in roughly 60 musicians and singers to perform parts that will be on the new CD.

"Really it was all about challenging myself and wanting to create something that was completely sample free, but at the same time retained the sound of being able to have a 1940s big band horn line and a 1920s blues vocal with a '60s soul groove and really tries to span the last century of influences in a single record," Smith said.

"That's why I did it. That's what I did, and I'm really excited about it because it's something I've written completely by myself, from the melodies to the lyrics, and put it all together. It's almost done, and I can't wait for it to come out. I think people are really going to enjoy it."

Pretty Lights with 12th Planet and SuperVisionl

8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 3
UCF Arena
4000 Central Florida Blvd.

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