White Lights Shares Inspirations Behind “Simulation Breakdown”

White Lights

After releasing his latest track “Simulation Breakdown,” White Lights expanded on the meaning behind it and made a playlist of inspirations!

Hailing from Brooklyn, White Lights is an artist on the rise who is making a name for himself with his alternative, ethereal antipop sound that lends itself in a perfect manner to melancholic atmospheres. Re-emerging this year with the release of “Body Trap” he’s now delivered another fantastic single called “Simulation Breakdown” that’s perfect for any chillhop playlist.

The second single off his forthcoming album NUMBSKULL, “Simulation Breakdown” puts White Lights’ skills in the studio on full display as he tells a personal story of dealing with anxiety attacks and the internal dialogue that ensues. While the beat might be minimal, the vocals from White Lights are oozing with emotion to make this a relatable tune for anyone experiencing the ups and downs of mental health struggles during these uncertain times.

“Simulation Breakdown” is an attempt to share what my anxiety attacks feel like by drawing comparisons between them and the eerily common experiences of “Deja Vu” or what some people describe as “feeling the matrix breakdown.” The song describes an anxiety attack via inner dialogue between my anxious self and my rational self. I try to illustrate the paradoxical thoughts and general confusion of someone succumbing to their panic throughout the song until the rational self breaks me out of my nervous spiral with interventional thinking, which helps me in real life.

White Lights

Out now across all platforms, this a must-listen for anyone who is looking for a melancholic tune to vibe to. Press play below to explore the mind of White Lights as he guides you through the influences behind “Simulation Breakdown” and let us know what you think of the track in the comments!

Stream the “Simulation Breakdown” Inspiration Playlist on Spotify:


  1. White Lights – Simulation Breakdown
  2. SOHN – The Wheel
  3. Jai Paul – jasmine – Demo
  4. Sampha – Incomplete Kisses
  5. Mount Kimbie – You Took Your Time (feat. King Krule)
  6. Shlohmo – The End
  7. Mk.gee – cz
  8. Joji – TEST DRIVE
  9. Billie Eilish – everything i wanted
  10. James Blake – You’re Too Precious
  11. Bladee – Reality Surf
  12. Flying Lotus, Niki Randa – Getting There
  13. James Blake, Travis Scott, Metro Boomin – Mile High (feat. Travis Scott & Metro Boomin)
  14. Flying Lotus – Zodiac Shit
  15. Baths – Tropic Laurel
  16. altopalo – Frozen Away
  17. xxyyxx – Fields
  18. Flume, SOPHIE, KUČKA – Voices
  19. Bishop Nehru – You Stressin
  20. Clams Casino, Imogen Heap – I’m God
  21. Purity Ring – begin again
  22. xander., xxyyxx – Settle
  23. The Postal Service – Nothing Better – Remastered
  24. SiR – Love You
  25. Deb Never – Ugly
  26. A$AP NAST, D33J – Designer Boi
  27. Brent Faiyaz – Lost Kids Get Money
  28. White Lights – Body Trap

Connect with White Lights on Social Media:

Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | SoundCloud | YouTube | Twitch

Grant Gilmore’s authoritative voice as a media professional lends credibility not common to EDM journalism. As the founder of EDM Identity he has effectively raised the bar on coverage of the past decade’s biggest youth culture phenomenon. After ten years of working for nonprofit organization Pro Player Foundation, Gilmore launched EDM Identity as a media outlet offering accurate informative coverage of the rave scene and electronic music as a whole. Although they cover comprehensive topic matter, they have taken special care in interviewing the likes of Armin van Buuren, Adventure Club, Gorgon City, Lane 8 and Afrojack. In addition to household names, they have also highlighted unsung heroes of the industry through their ID Spotlight segment. Whether he’s covering it or not, you can expect to find Grant Gilmore attending the next big electronic music event. To find out what’s next on his itinerary, follow him via the social links below.

Leave a Reply