Bassnectar and Pretty Lights on Basslights 2.0 in Miami: "Cinematic, and Hard and Heavy"

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Bassnectar rilin' the mob at Ultra 2012.

Bassnectar's last show in Miami was on the same stage at Ultra 2012. "The Klipsch is such an epic venue," Bassnectar says. "You can see the whole crowd moving upward, and just the sound and feel is so good. I love that place."

Sonic quality is also paramount to Pretty Lights. His latest slab, A Color Map of the Sun, saw the artist assemble a full band, create single-press vinyls of the studio sessions, and sample those records to make the final album. It's a 90-minute journey through the blissed-out mind of a musical madman.

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Pretty Lights in Miami during Winter Music Conference 2011.

This will be Pretty Lights' first show since dropping Color Map, and he's bringing the band, racks and racks of gear, and a whole new approach to the performance.

"I have a full vintage analog studio on the stage," he explains. "I can fully sculpt the live drums before I send the signal out to my sound guy. I have six analog bass synthesizers that I can switch and arrange on the fly while I crossfade between the band, live production, a track, and its remix. Miami is a bunch of crazy motherfuckers. This is one-of-a-kind hotness."

Indeed, the Basslights show is something special. The artists will not tour the country. This will not happen anywhere else in the world in 2013.

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These two musicians are at the top of their games, share a similar fan base, and cater to a beat-freak community so wholeheartedly devoted that they are shuttling in from as far as Orlando, North Carolina, and even San Diego just to experience Basslights 2.0.

"It's like the perfect bridge of sounds," Bassnectar concludes. "Lights has that cinematic creative musical style, and I go hard and heavy."

Bassnectar and Pretty Lights' Basslights. Friday and Saturday, October 18 and 19. Klipsch Amphitheater at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. The show starts at 6 p.m., and tickets cost $41.75 to $47.75 plus fees via livenation.com. Call 305-358-7550 or visit bayfrontparkmiami.com.

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quantumcreep
quantumcreep

 Did this interview happen for the Miami Basslights show or was it cobbled together from other snippets? 'Cause almost none of this shit happened either night. Bassnectar and Pretty Lights DID NOT share the stage. There were of course opening acts (there's four listed on the flyer right above!). And the artists ARE touring the country, just not together again. 

I made a really concerted effort to get to the show because of this article. Figured it'd be a lot more epic (Bassnectar still totally killed it) than each act just doing their own thing. Seriously disappointed in this fake hype. A correction or apology is in order.

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