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Eric Prydz
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Position: 
52

Questions Top100 DJs 2012 - admin - 2015-06-30 17:24

Style: 
House progressive
Best known for: 
'Pjanoo'
Tune of the year: 
Todd Terje 'Inspector Norse'
Breakthrough DJ/Producer of 2012: 
Fehrplay
If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be: 
I would be able to fly.
Should you play to the crowd or for yourself: 
If you are DJing at the local pub every Friday then I would say play for the crowd. But I'm pretty sure that if asked, John Digweed wouldn't play 'Gangnam Style'.
What does EDM mean to you: 
Whenever I hear the term EDM I think of American 16-year-olds with glow-sticks and t-shirts with prints saying 'Let's RAGE'.
Should celebrities be DJs: 
Anyone who wants to DJ is more than welcome to.
Have you ever been thrown off the decks: 
Haha. No. But I've heard about people who have. Clueless clubs booking underground DJs, expecting Top 40 music. It's wrong on all levels.
Are you a DJ if you don't beat match: 
Yes. Anyone can beat match but few can programme a set properly.
Where's the next dance music capital: 
Bagarmossen in Sweden.

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.

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