Derek Vincent Smith, also known as Pretty Lights, is an electronic music artist and owner of the label Pretty Lights Music. Smith is an innovative track sampler, using digital samples from vintage soul and funk records to create a unique combination of genres in his music. Genres he blends include hip-hop, rock, soul, funk, and all types of electronica. He attended University of Colorado at Boulder but dropped out during his freshman year to pursue music. He considers his music “electro hip-hop soul” and has produced 4 full-length albums to date.