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Giant Step Presents Pretty Lights (Album Release Show) w/ Eliot Lipp

Tuesday, July 2
Output, New York NY
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We are excited to present the official release show for beloved electronic-music artist Derek Vincent Smith aka Pretty Lights' new album, A Color Map Of The Sun. Join Smith as he presents his latest full-length album in an intimate setting.

Smith conducted and composed all music for the record himself and with musicians in studios in Brooklyn, New Orleans and Denver. He then pressed those recordings to vinyl to create his own catalog of music to sample from. Get ready for an incredible performance as Pretty Lights' live shows represents the imaginative apex of state-of-the-art lighting, production design, and video technology, combined with a dynamically charismatic onstage persona.

Also performing from Smith's internationally renowned label Pretty Lights Music is the talented electronic artist and producer Elliot Lipp. Expect an eclectic mix of 80’s synthpop jams through jazzy funk to hiphop, with underlying electro breakdowns featuring his last album Shark Wolf Rabbit Snake.

Advance and General Admission tickets are now SOLD OUT. Limited tickets will still be available at the door (subject to capacity).

About Pretty Lights
On July 2, 2013, not one but two new Pretty Lights albums will be released: A Color Map of the Sun and its essential companion, Live Studio Sessions From A Color Map of the Sun. The first PL efforts to be sold commercially after a series of acclaimed free-download albums and EPs, the Color Map project represents a turning point in Pretty Lights mastermind Derek Vincent Smith’s artistic growth. A self-professed “sample collage” artist, Smith decided it was time to create his own. “Before, I’d combine 25 samples into one song,” he explains. “This time, I was going to create my own original sources, retaining the timbre that spans the great musical era of the last century – from modern classical and jazz, to ‘60s soul and beyond.”

This idea sent Smith into an intensely laborious, obsessive, ambitious creative process. Where so much of today’s music is created entirely “in the box” using digital plug-ins, Smith went totally analog – recording musicians direct to tape (including himself on bass, keys, and modular synths), using authentic vintage instruments, pressing the results onto vinyl. He then fashioned those sounds into two visionary works. A Color Map… finds Smith taking Pretty Lights’ trademark combo of gritty, crate-digging hip-hop, speaker-shredding digital thump, and instrumentally-based psychedelia to new heights over 13 songs – from the dancefloor-ready yet kaleidoscopically abstract “Prophet” to the syncopated funk of the Talib Kweli-driven single “Around The Block.” Live Studio Sessions…, meanwhile, boils down the raw material used to create the tracks on A Color Map…, reducing 30 minute jams into 4 minute breaks. It’s all part of the multifaceted creativity that the albums’ titles suggest – a reference to a 1670s-era essay by Isaac Newton describing the experiments that led to his discovery of visible light’s color spectrum. “ What Newton evoked I found especially poetic and beautiful,” Smith explains. “It fit what the name ‘Pretty Lights’ is supposed to embody – the idea of an artistic eye always looking at the world, searching for beauty and new inspiration.”

The visionary aspiration Smith displays on his new album A Color Map Of The Sun also extends to Pretty Lights’ kinetic concert experience, which has seen him rock stages from Bonnaroo to Coachella and co-headline shows with the likes of Skrillex and Bassnectar: in the process, Pretty Lights has become one of the most successful touring acts today. As such, expect Pretty Lights’ next live iteration to be in line with the same zeal Smith displayed in using all resources to make A Color Map of the Sun as unique and transcendent as possible “What I do next with Pretty Lights’ show will definitely reflect my evolving thoughts on being a producer-as-performer,” he says.

About Eliot Lipp
After more than eight years of global touring, seven solo albums, countless collaborations, label-head tastemaking and vital artist-incubator in the USA's most critical beat-making cities (SF, Chicago, NYC), Eliot Lipp's status as an electronic music pioneer is known to scene connoisseurs and weekend warriors alike. Lipp's omnivorous tastes are apparent, from the obvious funk and myriad manifestations of hip hop though less explicit reference points as jazz fusion, folk and techno. His savant-like creativity earned Eliot recognition by Jay-Z in his blog “Life and Times”, with a premier of Eliot’s latest track “Wonderland”.

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Doors Open At: 10:00 PM
Advanced Price: $30.00
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21+ w/ ID

General Admission Tickets are SOLD OUT

Limited Tickets will still be available at the door (subject to capacity).

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74 Wythe Avenue New York NY, 11211
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