That's right kids, there's no need to wait until the summer festival circuit to get your Pretty Lights fix in, because we've got it covered with today's Friday Fives. For those of you who might be unfamiliar, Pretty Lights is a guy with a real name (Derek Vincent Smith) and he's currently having as big a year as any other artist/DJ/groove maker on the planet.
What started as an amazing local movement in Fort Collins, CO (coincidentally where Stang went to college) has become a worldwide phenomenon. Derek started making electronic-based hip hop beats in his home studio under the moniker Pretty Lights, and performing music accompanied by insane visuals all around Colorado. Thanks to his unique sounds and mind-blowing performances (and the internet), word quickly spread. Fast forward to today, and in just a few years time, Pretty Lights has gone from doing his thing in small clubs to huge festival stages around the world.
Derek did a bunch of recording and therefore eating in New York for the new album, and apparently did so with an excellent wingman. "I don't live in NYC but I've been spending more and more time there for the recording and production of my newest album" says Derek. "I've made amazing friends throughout the process and have been shown the light when it comes to the incredible cuisine of NYC. My man Joel Hamilton at Studio G in Brooklyn has never once done me wrong, and he told me about all these places. Amazing food and service, that's my criteria...Oh I like places to be clean too."
So without further ado, here's a Friday Fives from Pretty Lights.
"Mario Batali's Italian marketplace has amazing food. Killer spot."
"In the Gramercy Hotel. Killing Italian. Super killing."
"Momofuku Ko is the eight person set menu spot. Rated as one of the top ten spots on Earth. Literally. Not cheap, but amazing."
"Totally killer Mexican, but New York style. Fancy and a totally cool spot. Good for lots of people in their upstairs area, but rezzos are suggested for large parties. They can definitely handle shit when it comes to big ass groups of friends."
"There is an indie movie theater in the town I grew up in called Lyric Cinema Cafe. They show amazing movies and have good food that they serve during the films. The best part is that the front and back of both of their theater rooms are made up of couches, so it kinda feels like you're watching a movie in your crib. I went there all the time when I lived in Fort Collins."