Derek Vincent Smith (born November 25, 1981), better known as Pretty Lights, is an electronic music artist, and also the owner of the label Pretty Lights Music which has under it artists of similar genre.
Smith wrote and produced hip hop music while attending high school in Fort Collins, Colorado. After graduating from high school, he attended University of Colorado at Boulder, but dropped out during his freshman year to focus on his music instead. In 2007 and 2008, Smith began playing late nights for large acts such as STS9, The Disco Biscuits & Widespread Panic. In the summer of 2009, under the moniker Pretty Lights, Smith played at several major American music festivals, such as Bonnaroo, Rothbury, the Electric Daisy Carnival, Wakarusa, Camp Bisco, and the 10KLF.