One of my favorite artists Pretty Lights just released his latest album “Spilling Over Every Side” just last week and I wanted to share it with those who are into electronica. Pretty Lights is the musical vision of the ultra-versatile Colorado based producer Derek Vincent Smith, accompanied in the live setting by drummer Adam Deitch. Together these two achieve a raw energy rarely reached in the realm of electronic music.
His style is a mixture of glitched out hiphop, downtempo, funk, and jazz, in my opinion great music to just zone out and design to. Being influenced by a variety of music scenes, his combination of styles really makes his sounds unique and stands out from the rest.
“The sound and style that I am going for has been developing and evolving since the first time I produced a piece of music and it continues to with every new track as well. That is one thing that really excites me about music, the continual evolution of creativity in individuals and in the collective of all artists.” – Pretty Lights
“My intention was to get as many people to hear and hopefully enjoy my music as possible, I had no idea that it would actually create a means for me to make a living off of my music thru touring. I continue to give my albums away for free because I want to make an impact on the transformation of the music industry and hopefully discover a new model for lasting success and longevity as an independent musician.” – Pretty Lights
Below are some tracks off of his older albums. He releases all of his albums for free so go check out the download page and peep them all out.
For those of you in Southern California, he will be performing at the Santa Barbara West Beach Festival in September!
I used to be obsessed with skateboarding back in my middle school and highschool days. I had quit after highschool and never thought I would be back into it, but early this year I picked it back up and now loving it more than ever. Its a great stress reliever and it gets my creative juices flowing.
I wanted to share a piece of history with legendary skater Rodney Mullen from South Bay Los Angeles. I chose to feature him since he is considered one of the most important and influential skaters in skateboarding’s history. Rodney Mullen was primarily known for his freestyle tricks, but later on he had a huge impact on street skating. Creating street skating foundations like the flat ground ollie, kick flip, heel flip, 360 flip, and many more, he took skateboarding to a new level.
“Do what you love and try not to look at what other people occupy themselves with. Most people seem restless and bounce around too much to focus or even pay attention enough to themselves to figure out exactly what they really do love, as opposed to what the people that surround them are doing.”
– Rodney Mullen
Skateboarding was once looked at as just a fad in the 70′s-80′s but since the 90′s it has become a prime extreme sport, and I hope it continues to grow and inspire the next generation to continue.
I absolutely love watching talent that comes from the soul. I mean people who can bust, flow, freestyle, jam, whatever you want to call it straight out of feeling alone. Being a dancer I have learned to appreciate different kinds of talents out there that is driven by the soul. Whether you are a musician, artist, dancer, or singer, its beautiful when its coming from your heart and your mind is completely free. When I watch Ronald Jenkees, I can just see how free he is… Ronald Jenkees is off the hook. Enjoy!
“Ronald Jenkees first gained fame on the site YouTube when he posted a series of videos of himself playing his Korg Triton LE and/or Yamaha Motif XS8 keyboards, often accompanied by beats he composed using FL Studio. The performances were often improvised and are influenced primarily by hip-hop and jazz.”
“The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner with spectacular results. Billed as ‘the world’s first street art disaster movie’ the film contains exclusive footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work. – Sundance Film Festival“
One of the first groups that got me really into live electronics and glitch-hop back around 2005. I first stumbled across edIT on myspace which lead me to his group, the Glitch Mob which consists of three producers: edIT, Ooah, and Boreta from the west coast / Los Angeles.
If anyone is out there living in Los Angeles, they will be performing on June 11th at the Henry Fonda Theater.
Something about the hybrid combination of Glitched out electronics with a solid hip hop beat really gets me moving… I love doing some personal designs listening to their tracks. Hope you enjoy!
“One of the most sought-after collectives of djs and producers to hit the underground scene, known for electrifying audiences at festivals around the world with their signature blend of ferocious beats, catastrophic sub bass and engaging performance. “
Behind the Scenes
Broken Fingaz -Graffiti Stop Motion
(Music by the Glitch Mob)
“Dub Fx the street-loop-beatboxer grew up in St Kilda / Melbourne / Australia performing in various bands before hitting the world-wide road. Dub Fx uses Roland BOSS effect & loop pedals to create sounds which when layered creates a live musical construct. Predominantly Dub Fx can be found busking through Europe with his Girlfriend the ‘Flower Fairy’ who also performs along side.”
Another amazing artist born out of Los Angeles, Augustine “Kofie” has made a huge contribution to the graffiti/street art scene with his unique “drafting” style. Kofie’s artwork has been featured in numerous commercials, music videos, and art galleries.
I see his work as inspiration, take a look and see some of his amazing pieces.
As much as I love the digital artists in the graphic and web design field, I am also a big fan of urban art. One artist I really enjoy is Justin Bua whom has made world wide recognition with his “Distorted Urban Realism”. A mix of Hiphop, Jazz, Graffiti, and fine art is what makes each of his pieces unique and outstanding.
BUA’s art is representative of today’s ethnically diverse urban culture. He has a complete grasp of all the elements of Hip-Hop and the inner feeling of its music. BUA truly represents the Hip-Hop movement: the most popular culture of our era.
– Crazy Legs
Starting out as a Bboy/Graffiti Artist in NYC, Bua’s journey began as an artist. His first step in the industry was painting slick bottom skateboards which lead to the freelance world. He created numerous CD covers for companies such as Warner Bros., Atlantic Records, Sony Music and BMG Music, and also animated the opening title sequence for MTV’s “The Lyricist Lounge Show”. He has developed the characters and backgrounds for the EA Sports video game, “NBA Street” & “NFL Street”, and has also created the world for Slum Village’s award winning music video, “Tainted”.
As a Torrance resident, I am proud to say that Greg “Craola” Simkins has put Torrance on the map in the world of artists and Graffiti. Going by the name of “Craola” since he started Graffiti Art at South High School around the age of 18, he pursued his artistic talents receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art from California State University of Long Beach. From there he was involved in numerous large projects such as Treyarch/Activision where he worked on video games including Tony Hawk 2X, Spiderman 2 and Ultimate Spiderman. Since then he has become an independent full-time artist.
A fantasy sideshow, of your more outlandish dream of creatures is what you encounter in each Simkins piece inspired by elements from pop culture, the old masters, nature, carnival kitsch and most importantly, a warped imagination.
His dark and mysterious paintings are one of a kind and has inspired artists and designers around the globe.