“This is my first post in two years, and it is clearly time to start participating again,” reads a new statement by the often-elusive producer Pretty Lights aka Derek Vincent Smith.
The multi-faceted artist – who has performed marquee slots at major festivals like Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Ultra, Suwannee Hulaween and more – broke his silence to “stand in complete solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement ” and “stand with all the humans raising their voices for desperately needed change in the world.” (Pretty Lights’ last live shows were in 2018, and his last single “Rainbows and Waterfalls” dropped in 2017.)
In turn, Pretty Lights also donated $10,000 to be split among over 70 community bail funds, mutual aid funds and racial justice organizers nationwide.
He closes his statement with, “Humanity is a vine and every bud deserves to flower and soak in the sunshine.”
Read Pretty Lights’ full statement below: