For the first time in a long time, Eric Prydz found himself in the US in 2012, embarking on his first proper tour since 2007. His long-standing aversion to flying made this an extra feat, but it sounds like his strength of mind was appreciated. "It was absolutely amazing. We were in an old school tour bus. It was hard, but it was really worth it," he says from a villa in the hills in Ibiza, where he's getting some well-earned R&R.
"There's a new generation of kids now and they're all into dance music. It's almost like it's as big as R&B and hip-hop. That blew me away. It reminded me of the UK 15 years ago, like a new movement." Prydz joins a chorus of producers and DJs, particularly this year, saying the same thing.
He also unleashed his long-awaited album 'Pryda', after signing to Virgin Records, and now his even more anticipated artist album may be tantalisingly close. Though Pryda featured a disc of previously unreleased tracks, this will be his first album proper, released under his own name. "I'm two thirds done," he says. "It's in the process. I don't have a release date or plan yet. I hate deadlines. They ruin creativity. But it will be finished when it's finished." Well, maybe we'll just have to wait that little bit longer.